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Chacachacare Island on Wednesday 19th June 2019

Chacachacare Island on Wednesday 19th June 2019

Chacachacare Island on Labour Day Wednesday 19th June 2019.

Chacachacare Island located eight miles east from the Venezuelan mainland is a place of historical significance. The Island first discovered by Christopher Columbus on 12th August 1498 and called El Caracol (the Snail) because of its angular shape. It is the largest and most westerly of the five Boca Islands, which are Centipede, Gaspar Grande, Monos, Huevos, and Chacachacare. In earlier times, cotton cultivated on the island and today the road to the Lighthouse there is some surviving plants which still blossom. It is an Island to escape from the hustle of city life and enjoy a peaceful day at the beach. 

In 1813, Simon Bolivar and Santiago Marino used the Island as a battle station in the liberation of Venezuela from Spanish Rule. In earlier times whales populated the Gulf of Paria and the Caribbean Sea. In 1820, there was a Whaling Station at Chacachacare. The Boca Light House built in 1870 on the highest part on the island at Morne Cabresse (825feet), remains in operation today.

In 1924, a Leprosarium constructed to house 500 patients. The hospital wards placed at Cocos and Saunders Bay. The Dominican Nuns, who took care of the patients, built a convent and church at La Chappelle’s Bay. Many of the nuns while taking care of the patients contracted the disease and died. In the cemetery grounds of the Nunnery, their tombstones still exist. It is a reminder of their dedication to serving others. It was like a death sentence, for a patient to be sent to the island. They were taken away from their families some never to return to the outside world. At Rust Bay, there was the Doctor’s House and at Blummer’s Bay the Nurse’s Quarters. During this period, the island was busy with activity and there was electricity. The patients had a cinema for recreation, and each religion had a house to worship. In 1984 with a cure for Hansen disease the place became abandoned, and all left today are the ruins.

The boat ride to the Island will take 40 minutes, and the walk from the jetty to the Light House is approximately 35 minutes. Visible at the summit there are panoramic views of the Venezuelan mainland. On the return from the lighthouse, there is the option to visit the Nunnery and located on the eastern end of the Island there is a Salt Pond at Bandu Su Bay. For those wishing to relax there is the option to spend the time at La Tinta and Perruquier Bay.

On Labour Day Wednesday 19thJune 2019 Island Hikers visit Chacachachare Island (family hike)

Rating: 2 easy.

Assembly: 7.ooam KFC Carpark Westmall. Depart to board boat by 7.45am

Cost $160.00 includes hike and boat fee

Kids 11 and under $130.00

For more details contact Marcia 490-2421 or Mario 749-2956 or Jamal 7611889 or visit www.islandhikers.com

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Calendar of Hiking Events 2019

Sunday 26th May

Bunsee Trace Mud Volcano and Beach

7 am - 2 pm

Assembly 630am Entrance to Mt Hope Hospital and 730am Golconda Exit Sir Solomon Hockey Highway.

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Sunday 26th May

Bunsee Trace Mud Volcano and Beach

Optional mud bath in Volcano, then a short walk to the beach

7 am - 2 pm

Assembly 630am Entrance to Mt Hope Hospital and 730am Golconda Exit Sir Solomon Hockey Highway.

Sat 1st June

Turtle Watching at Matura Beach

6pm - 11.30 pm

Matura Beach

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Sat 1st June

Turtle Watching at Matura Beach

Turtle Watching at Matura Beach.

Optional Maxi provide ,please call Mario7492956 to book.

6pm - 11.30 pm

Matura Beach

Wed 5th June 2019

Mermaid Basins

7am - 1pm

Mathura

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Wed 5th June 2019

Mermaid Basins

Assembly 7am Corner of Omeara Rd & Churchill Roosevelt Highway,Arima.

7am - 1pm

Mathura

Sat 8th June 2019

Annual Hikeathon Matelot to Blanchisseuse

7am - 530pm

Matelot to Blanchisseuse

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Sat 8th June 2019

Annual Hikeathon Matelot to Blanchisseuse

Assembly 2am Entrance to Mt Hope Hospital

7am - 530pm

Matelot to Blanchisseuse

Wed 18th June 2019

Chacachacare Island

7am - 3pm

Estuary Park

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Wed 18th June 2019

Chacachacare Island

A 35 minute walk to the Boca lighthouse and a visit to the Nunnery .Includes Sea bathing. Cost !60  includes boat fee.

7am - 3pm

Estuary Park

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About Us

Hiking Philosophy

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Hiking gives us the opportunity to get away from our busy schedules and enjoy the beauty of nature.Its all about the journey. Meeting new friends, exploring new destinations and at the same time getting fit and having a healthy life style.

The Paths We Travel

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Our motto.Live Love Hike ! 

Island Hikers explore the secret gems of Trinidad & Tobago and by extension numerous countries in the world. 

 Peru, Cuba,Costa Rica, Belize, Panama,Guatemala,Mexico, Kilimanjaro Jamaica, St Lucis, Dominica, Grenada,Guadeloupe,Martinique and Guyana.

 Island Hikers Sunday Hikes for fun and family .

Fitness Walkers Saturday hikes for those who like the extra challenge. 

explore T&T trails

Jamaica Tour

The magnificent Red-billed Streamertailed Hummingbirds (Trochilus polytmus) are only found on the Ca

The magnificent Red-billed Streamertailed Hummingbirds (Trochilus polytmus) are only found on the Caribbean island of Jamaica, where they are quite common along the coast and in the mountains. They are also known as the Doctorbirds, God Birds, Scissors Tails, Longtail Hummingbirds or Western Streamertails


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 Send me a message, and we will get back to you as soon as I can.

email.mario.russell@gmail.com

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Island Hikers

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Mario Russell :1 868 7492956

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