Scheduled Date: Sunday 1st May, 2016
On the North-Eastern Coast, the most stunning waterfall is the Rio-Seco. The falls located just after the village of Matura and opposite to the famous Salybia Beach. It is one of the best places for an outdoor recreation, a place to visit over and over. An ideal spot to have a refreshing splash where there are shallow and deep areas to swim. What makes the Rio Seco so appealing is its large basin and pristine waters, which reflect vibrant colours of emerald green. At the top of the falls, the water flows through a narrow entrance to cascade on the rocks into an energy-giving pool. The bands of rock that encircle the falls create a relax ambiance for nature lovers to sit and enjoy the elegant scenery. The forest dominated by towering Mora Trees that enhance the already picturesque landscape. There is the option to escalate the rocks and jump 15 feet into the sparkling clear water.
Rio Seco is a Spanish word that means Dry River, and it seems ironic that this prolific river with its never-ending supply of water classified as dry. However in the river’s upper course where the bed consists of porous limestone the water submerges and some parts are dry. Located beyond the falls on the mouth of one of its tributaries there is a sulfur spring where oozing from the rocks deposits of yellow sulfur. Two kilometers before it reaches the sea there is a confluence and the Rio Seco flows into the larger Salybia River to exit at Saline Bay.
The walk to the falls will take on average thirty-five minutes and is along an easy wide-open path. The trail situated on top the river- bank and shaded by the canopy of the rainforest. Numerous tree roots spread diagonally across the footpath, and there are two gentle streams to cross. Always at the entrance to the falls, the echoing call of the bellbird heard distinctly throughout the forest.
Over the years, the Forestry Division and Ministry of Tourism recognizing its potential as a major nature enthusiast 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 up to the citizens to protect their environment and preserve the beauty of the falls simply by carrying out their garbage. Despite its magnificence, stepping six feet into the pool the water raises over one’s head. Visitors when coming to bath should be extremely cautious and exercise good judgment. It is essential once bathing to bring along some safety or life-saving equipment. There is a request by Hiking Clubs for a sign to be erected showing the depth of the water and safety tips.
On Sunday, 1st May 2016 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 Mario to book.
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