Valencia located in the heart of the Northern Range is a place surrounded by numerous rivers. It is a bypassed town en route to Toco and Sangre Grande. Situated on its western side are the Guanapo and Aripo Rivers and to the east the La Sieva, North Oropuche, Turure and Quare Rivers. It is also an area known for its river-limes and within its boundaries are the De Freitas Ranch, Valencia Eco-Resort, Valencia Nature Centre and Heritage Park. Most significant is the Quare River that provides water to the Hollis Reservoir. Further downstream the over spill of water coming from the dam provides many fascinating areas to explore. Along the river course are plunge pools and cascading waterfalls. The river is a favorite recreation spot for the Villagers.
Valencia was once an estate owned by a Spanish farmer named Valentia. Placed at the entrance to the community, are two concrete Pillars built by the Americans during World War 11 in 1941. These Pillars represented an entry point to their Naval Base in Comuto-El Mano known as Fort Read. The population of Valencia grew with the arrival of the Americans who provided work to the villagers. At the entrance to Valencia, there is a Visitor Centre with a small zoo that includes information on eco-tourism and Cultural Heritage.
The exploration of the Quare River is an easy twenty-minute walk upstream alongside the riverbank. The trail, during the rainy season can be muddy. Along the way, the track passes through abandon agriculture land and continues through the forest to an enchanted cascade. Note bathing is optional and does not require one to get wet. The hike is suitable for children five years and up.
On Sunday 6th October 2019 Island Hikers explore the Quare River.
Rating: 2 (easy suitable for children
Hiking time: 20 minutes to waterfall.
Assembly: 7.00am Corner of O’Meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima. (Next to FT Farfan)
For further details, please contact Mario 749-2956, Jamal 761-1889 or Marci