Scheduled Date: Tuesday 13th March, 2018
Paria Bay and waterfall is the number one destination for nature lovers, recently on the 29th November 2016 torrential showers caused severe flooding and landslide to many areas of the Northern Range. The devastating rainfall caused most of the rivers from Matelot to Blanchisseuse to change their appearance. Paria Waterfall significantly affected by the floods and the pathway from the beach to the cascade now changed. On the bank of the falls, there is a pileup of debris as high as thirty feet caused by the furious energy of the downpour. The picnic area encircling the falls now relocated to the other side, and placed along its circumference are boulders deposited by the energetic force of the water. What makes the falls so remarkable is the large plunge pool, now rejuvenated to its natural green colour. The river source originates from the Brasso Seco region where the water supply is refreshingly clean and crystal clear. Adventurers can test their skills jumping off the rocks and swimming against the current, to the get behind the overhang located at the back of the water-drop. Some noticeable vegetations growing alongside the river’s bank are the Maraval Lilies (spathiphyllum cannifolium), Cannonball (couroupita guianensis) and choconia (warszewiczia coccinea).
Paria Beach approximately 1.5 km has silky smooth sand and every year from February to July the leatherback turtles nest on the beach. On the eastern end of the bay, the River’s Mouth with its shallow, calm water is a lovely spot to refresh. 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. Another attraction on the western end of the bay is the Cathedral Rock, where the sea eroded the landscape to create a spectacular arch and is a lovely spot to take photos.
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 stop and take a rest is Turtle Rock. The coastal sceneries are magnificent, and the sea breeze is refreshing and energising.
Paria Beach & Falls is a must-see for every Trinbagonian with a variety of attractions to fascinate the nature lover. It is crucial that our ecological treasures preserved so future generations can inherit. Visitors and weekend campers must protect the environment by now cutting down valuable trees and leaving litter on the beach. This negligence leads to beach erosion and endangerment to turtle hatchlings and wildlife.
On Sunday 18th March 2018, 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
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 is on the morning of the walk, and the cost$60.00
Secure parking is at Marian Beach Resort.
Maxi Taxi Transportation provided from Central Bank Auditorium $60.00. 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 a 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