One of Trinidad’s most stunning waterfalls is the Rio-Seco located on the North Eastern Coast just after the village of Matura and obliquely opposite to the Salybia Beach. What makes the Rio Seco so appealing is its broad, spacious basin, which reflects vibrant colours of emerald green. Its cool, pristine waters make it one of the best places for an outdoors recreation. Nature lovers can sit and enjoy the magnificent scenery and relax under the peaceful ambiance. The vegetation, which consists mainly of towering Mora, shelters the picturesque landscape. Adventure seekers can escalate the cascade and jump fifteen feet into the energizing pool.
Rio Seco is a Spanish word that means Dry River, and it seems ironic this abundant never-ending supply of water classified as dry. However, further upstream where the bed consists of porous limestone the water submerges and some areas are dry. An amasing feature located at the mouth on one of its tributaries is the natural sulfur spring where yellow sulfuric deposits ooze from the rocks. Approximately two kilometers before it reaches the coast at Saline Bay there is a confluence of the Rio Seco and the grander Salybia River.
The 35-minute walk to the falls is along a wide-open path situated at the top the riverbank and shaded by the canopy of the rainforest. Along the way, there are two little streams to cross, and trees roots spread abundantly across the footpath. At the entrance to the falls, one can hear the echoing call of the bellbird heard distinctly throughout the forest.
Over the years, the Forestry Division along with the Ministry of Tourism recognizes the potential of the falls as a natural attraction have fixed the muddy road and erected signs to make it accessible to visitors. The area is part of the Matura National Park an Environmentally Sensitive Area declared by the E.M.A in 2004. The declaration is a positive step in protecting the environment and prohibits hunting and forest destruction.
It is the responsibility of citizens to protect and preserve their environment by taking out their garbage. A few steps into the pool the water raises over one's head, and visitors should exercise caution and bring along some safety equipment.
On Sunday, 18th February 2018 Island Hikers visit the Rio- Seco Waterfall.
Rating: 3 Fair
Hiking time: 35 minutes suitable for children five years and up.
Assembly: 7.00am at Corner of O'Meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima.
Bring along an extra change of clothing and footwear to be left in the vehicle.
Note life jackets provided,
Cost of hike $60.00
Security provided for vehicles $20.00
Persons requiring transportation from Arima to the falls, please call to book.
For more information contact islandhikers.com or Mario 749-2956, Jamal 761-1889 or Marcia 490-2421.