Scheduled Date: Wednesday 15th February, 2017
A place worth discovering is the village of Brasso Seco. Masked within the distant valleys of the Northern Range this pristine landscape is a haven for nature lovers. Situated sixteen miles northeast of Arima, the entrance to the village is at the 12mile marker on the Arima Blanchiseuse Road. The region surrounded by some of the country’s highest peaks El Cerro Del Aripo (940metres) and Mt Bleu (853metres). Recently the torrential rains caused severe damage to the landscape however within its boundaries there are eleven waterfalls. The lush, verdant forest provides a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife including the red brocket deer, ocelot, tayra or high-woods dog and the quenk or wild hog. Some exotic birds frequent the neighborhood including the ruby topaz hummingbird, honeycreepers, tanagers, toucans, bellbirds, trogons, golden-headed manakins and yellow -bellied Elaenia. A common resident along the trails is the white-bearded manakins the males spending their time chirping from branch to branch in a courtship dance.
The name “Brasso Seco” is a Spanish word when translated means “Dry-Branch.” Today just like in the 1800’s still cultivated is cocoa, coffee, and citrus. The population is 350 persons, and there is an RC Church, School, Health Centre and a Visitor’s Information Centre. To the rest of Trinidad and Tobago, the countryside of Brasso Seco was virtually unknown until the June 3rd, 1934 fatal plane crash of sports champion and war hero “Marvelous Mikey” Cipriani. His body later recovered in a remote area called El Chiquero.
Located four miles east of the Village Center a fascinating waterfall is Double River Falls. The route, to get there is along the Madamas Road and will take forty minutes on flat and winding dirt -road. Along the way, lush christophene plantations decorated the landscape. At the gateway to the falls, two tributaries form a confluence, which compliments to the name Double River. The falls buried in a secret location drops approximately 89 feet high into a shallow basin. It’s landscape surrounded by huge boulders and evergreen vegetation. Above the falls, there are a series of cascades the most prominent is Laughing Budda Falls. Further up the mountain on a nearby tributary, a fifteen-minute walk leads to Sobo Falls.
The residents of Brasso Seco invite visitors to come and experience their spectacular countryside, relax in the peaceful ambiance, and enjoy the picturesque waterfalls. Available at the Visitors Centre, freshly squeezed juices, delicious pastels, homemade cakes, sweets and ice cream.
On Sunday 19th February’2017 Island Hikers visit Brasso Seco,
Assembly: 7.00am at the Corner of O’Meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima.
Rating: 3 Fair (Family Hike)
Hiking time one–way: 45- 60 mins
Cost of the hike $50.00
Registration is on the morning of the hike.
For more details contact Mario 749-2956, Marcia 490-2421, Jamal 761-1889 or visit www.islandhikers.com.
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