Turure Watersteps Exploration on Saturday 26th January 2019
The Turure River with its multi-steps of fascinating waterfalls is an ecological gem. Located in the evergreen valley of Cumaca, its source originated from the limestone region of Platanal and deposited along its bed are layers of sedimentary rock. The river is a nature lover’s delight filled with Jacuzzi-like pools and picturesque waterfalls. The stone along its course magnificently carved into a design of natural water-steps that gradually rise to a series of captivating chutes. The main river attraction is the long horizontal falls, which resembles a curtain as the water descends along the bedrock. At its base, there is a plunge pool, and the falls provide a safe and fun opportunity to rock climb. Further upstream there are other fascinating jewels to discover, and there is a small cave situated under one of the overhangs. During the rainy season when the water pressure is more powerful it is the best time to see the real splendor of the Turure Watersteps.
The exploration starts from the Turure Bridge on the Cumaca Road, and the first part of the expedition is an uphill walk to the Cumaca Quarry where the top of the River Head located. The journey is downstream exploration to access the numerous waterfalls. The deposits of calcium carbonate on some of the rocks make them more manageable for walking and less slippery. The serenity of the forest comes alive with the courtship display of the white-bearded manakin (manacus manacus trinitatis) and the echoing sound of the bearded bellbird (procnias averano carnobarba). In recent times, loose silt from extensive quarrying polluted the river causing landslides and endangerment to wildlife.
On Saturday 26thJanuary 2019, Island Hikers visit the Turure Water Steps.
Assembly: 7 am Corner of O’meara Road & Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima. (next to the Doubles vendors )
Starting location: From Valencia Junction drive east on the Valencia / Toco Road for 3km to the Cumaca Road. Turn left on the Cumaca Road and head north for 4km to the Turure Bridge.
Rating 5 moderately Challenging
Hiking time : 2 hours
For more details visit www.Islandhikers.com or call Marcia: 490-2421, Jamal: 761-1889 and Mario: 749-2956.
contact Mario 7492956