Scheduled Date: Wednesday 3rd May, 2017
The Upper North Oropuche River situated on the far eastern end of Valencia is one of the most spectacular watercourses in the Northern Range. It sources originates from the limestone region of Aripo, where it submerges into the mountains to resurface at the oilbird cave in Cumaca. Further downstream, approximately 3 kilometres from the cave there is a confluence of the Rio Grande and the Cumaca River to form the North Oropuche. This area where the two rivers merge contain energizing pools to refresh and situated on the Rio Grande just 200 metres away there is a Sulphur Spring. The river meanders southeasterly passing through uninhabited regions of the Cumaca Valley to supply water to the WASA North Oropuche Treatment Plant for the people of Sangre Grande, Arima, and surrounding districts. A distinct feature of its channel is the limestone rocks, which contain deposits of calcium carbonate (CACO3). This action filters the water to create crystal clear pools. Hindering the view of its course are interlocking spurs, which jut out from the sides of each bend. Although the favorite spot for a river lime is at the Valencia Bridge, however, the hidden beauty of the river is upstream where there are fascinating pools and gorges.
The expedition to the upper regions of the North Oropuche River starts with an hour drive along the undulating Cumaca Road to a landmark house known as Bald Head Springs. The walk to the basins will take 35 minutes and is along a distinct open track that leads through the heart of the Cumaca Forest to the river. Further upstream, a ten-minute walk along the Rio Grande one can discover the Sulphur Spring. There is the option to return via the same route or do a short circuit hike down the river channel to the Platanal Bridge. Life jackets supplied and necessary for those wishing to explore the river.
Assembly: 7 am at the corner of O’meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway Arima.(next to FT Farfan)
Hiking time: 35 Minutes
Walking Distance: 2 kilometres to the river.
Suitable for kids seven years and up
Note a slow 1-hour drive along the bumpy Cumaca Road.
Life jackets provided
A change of clothing, cell phone and electronic devices leave in the car once going down the river.
Carpool transport available at the cost of $50.00 per person and given to the driver.
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
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