Scheduled Date: Tuesday 14th March, 2017
Last year on the 29th November 2016 torrential showers caused severe flooding and landslide to many districts of the Northern Range. The waters were so devastating that overnight most of the rivers from Matelot to Blanchisseuse took on a new appearance and the landscape totally changed.
A favorite destination affected by the flood is Paria Waterfall. The route from the beach to the cascade now seems unrecognizable, and at its base, there is a pileup of debris as high as thirty feet. The picnic area encircling the falls now relocated to its northern side, and along its circumference are giant rocks deposited by the furious energy of the downpour. The river source, which comes from remote areas of the Northern Range, is refreshing, clean and crystal clear. Remaining is the large plunge pool where the adventurers can test their skills swimming against the current, to reach the overhang located at the back of the cascade. Alongside the riverbank, some noticeable vegetations are the Maraval Lilies (spathiphyllum cannifolium), Cannonball (couroupita guianensis) and choconia (warszewiczia coccinea). Despite the changes, Paria remains one place every Trinbagonian should visit since there are lots of beautiful attractions to fascinate the nature lover.
The beach with its silky smooth sand is 1.5 km long, and every year during the months of February to July the leatherback turtles come ashore to nest. On the eastern end of the bay, a lovely spot for a splash is at the River’s Mouth where the soothing waters remain calm as a lagoon. During high tide, the backlash of seawater into the river attracts a variety of small marine fish. The vegetation at the river’s mouth consists primarily of red mangrove and going abundantly on the beach are coconut trees. At the western end, the sea eroded the landscape to create a spectacular arch called Cathedral Rock.
The coastal walk from the Blanchisseuse Spring Bridge to Paria Beach will take 1 ½ – 2 hours depending on one’s pace. The trail is broad and detailed with some short inclines. Along the way, an attractive place to take photos is Turtle Rock where the coastal sceneries are magnificent.
There is a need to preserve our ecological treasures so future generations can inherit. It is only a matter of time before the authorities recognize its importance and see the need to upgrade the place as a tourist attraction. However, weekend campers and visitors can protect the environment by now cutting down valuable trees and littering. This negligence leads to beach erosion and endangerment to turtle hatchlings and wildlife.
On Sunday 19th March 2017, Island Hikers visit Paria Bay and waterfall.
Assembly: 7.00am at the entrance to Central Bank Auditorium or 7.30 opposite Sam’s Bar Maracas Bay.
Rating 4-5 moderately challenging
The hiking time one-way: 1 ½ – 2 hours
Depart beach by 2.00pm (return by 4 pm)
Bring a hat for sunshade, light refreshments and a litre of drinking water.
This hike recommended for children ages seven years and up.
Registration on the morning at the cost of $50.00
Security provided for the vehicles at Marian Beach Resort.
Maxi Taxi Transportation provided from Central Bank Auditorium $50.00. Please call to book on the Saturday before the hike.
For more details contact, Mario 749-2956, Marcia – 490-242, Jamal 761-1889, Michelle 726-5195, Robin 681-1389 or visit www. Islandhikers.com
To see video of Paria Waterfall visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiZgEWhAECM
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
Marcia 490-2421,Michael 719-3368,
Jamal 761-1889,Robin 681-1389,
Camille 620-314, Michelle 726-5195,
,Petronilla 342-1072, Pooran 764-2041
Dennis 678-2768, Adrian 349-9316,
Bob 685-5355, Pedro 346-3460
Ian 682-6177, Danny 372-7798