Scheduled Date: Sunday 30th April, 2017
One of the most stunning waterfalls is the Rio-Seco located on the North Eastern Coast just after the village of Matura and opposite to Salybia Beach. What makes the Rio Seco so appealing is its broad, spacious basin filled with pristine waters that reflect vibrant colours of emerald green. It is one of the best places for an outdoor recreation, a destination to visit over and over for a refreshing splash. Nature lovers can sit and enjoy the magnificent scenery and relax under the peaceful ambiance. The vegetation, which consists mainly of towering Mora, shelter and beautifies the landscape. There is the option for thrill seekers to escalate the rocks and jump fifteen feet into the energizing pool.
Rio Seco is a Spanish word that means Dry River, and it seems ironic that this abundant never-ending supply of water classified as dry. However, higher upstream where the bed consists of porous limestone the water submerges and some areas are dry. Located at the mouth of one of its tributaries there is a sulfur spring where yellow sulfur deposits ooze from the rocks. Approximately two kilometers before it reaches the coast at Saline Bay there is a confluence of the Rio Seco and the larger Salybia River.
The 35-minute walk to the falls is along a wide-open path situated at the top the riverbank and shaded by the canopy of the rainforest. Along the way, there are two little streams to cross and the roots of trees spread abundantly across the footpath. At the entrance to the falls, the echoing call of the bellbird heard distinctly throughout the forest.
Over the years, the Forestry Division along with the Ministry of Tourism recognize it’s potential as a nature attraction 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.
It is the responsibility of citizens to protect and preserve their environment by taking out their garbage. A few steps into the pool the water raises over one’s head, and visitors should exercise caution and bring along some safety equipment.
On Sunday, 30th April 2017 Island Hikers visit the Rio- Seco Waterfall.
Rating: 3 Fair
Hiking time: 35 minutes 9suitable for children 5 years and up.
Assembly: 7.00am at Corner of O’Meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima.
Bring along an extra change of clothing and footwear to be left in the vehicle.
Note life jackets provided, only necessary for those who wish to swim in the deep areas of the pool.
Cost of hike$50.00
Security provided for vehicles $20.00
Optional Maxi transportation to Rio-Seco provided at a cost $60.00. Interested persons call Mario to book.
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
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