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Scheduled Date: Tuesday 5th August, 2014
One of the country’s most outstanding waterfalls is Rio Seco. The falls located just after the village of Matura on the north-eastern coast and opposite to the popular Salybia Beach. What makes the falls so impressive is the large basin for swimming with its emerald green appearance. It is one of the best places for an outdoor recreation a place one will like to visit over and over. The ideal spot for a refreshing river splash with shallow and deep areas to bathe. The bands of rock that encircle the falls create a relaxing sensation for nature lovers to sit and enjoy the magnificent scenery. The forest consists mainly of mora trees that tower over the falls and add beauty to the already picturesque landscape. Those seeking adventure can escalate the rocks and jump fifteen feet into the sparkling clear water.
The Forestry Division and Ministry of Tourism recognising its potential have fixed the muddy road and erected signs to make it accessible to visitors. The area is part of the Matura National Park an Environmentally Sensitive Area declared by the E.M.A in 2004. The declaration is a positive step in protecting the environment and prohibits hunting and forest destruction.
Rio Seco is a Spanish word that means dry-river, and it seems ironic that this constant never-ending supply of water classed as a dry river. However in the upper course where the bed consists of porous limestone the River submerges and some parts become dry. Further upstream, at the mouth of one of its tributaries, there is a sulfur spring where oozing from the rock is yellow sulfur deposits. Exploring downstream there are additional pools and gorges to discover and two kilometers before it reaches the sea there is a confluence. The Rio Seco River flows into the larger Salybia River to exit at Saline Bay.
The walk to the falls will take thirty-five minutes on an easy wide open path. The trail shaded by the canopy of the rainforest and situated on top the river bank. Along the way, large tree roots run diagonally across the path, and there are two small streams to cross. At the entrance to the falls, the echoing call of the bellbird heard distinctly throughout the forest.
On Sunday, 3rd May’15 Island Hikers family hike to Rio- Seco Waterfall. For more information contact islandhikers.com or Mario 749-2956, Jamal 761-1889 or Marcia 490-2421
Rating: 3 Fair
Assembly: 7.00am at Corner of O’Meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima.
Hiking time: 35 minutes
Bring along an extra change of clothing and footwear to be left in the vehicle.
Note: life jackets provided for those who wish to swim in the deep areas of the pool.
Cost of hike$50.00
Security provided for vehicles $20.00
Maxi transport to Rio-Seco can be provided cost $60.00. Interested persons call to book.
c/o Island Hikers, #152 Frederick Street,
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, WI
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
Marcia 490-2421,Michael 290-8183,
Jamal 761-1889,Robin 681-1389,
Camille 620-314, Michelle 726-5195,
Ronda 786-9767,Petronilla 342-1072,
Dennis678-2768, Adrian 349-9316,
Bob 685-5355, Pedro 346-3460