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Upcoming hikeathon Sat8th June 2019

Hikeathon 10th Anniversary on Sat 8th June 2019

Hiking has become one of the most popular outdoor activities in Trinidad and Tobago.  On weekends, it is estimated as many as a thousand people hike to the various waterfalls, secluded beaches, and rivers. It is a means of getting to no one’s country, exercising, relaxing the mind and at the same time enjoying the hidden beauty of Trinidad and Tobago. 

The 31 kilometers of North Coast from Matelot to Blanchisseue, is filled with secluded beaches and one of the most breath-taking places to visit. Along the route, there are scenic beaches at Madamas, Grand Tacaribe, Petit Tacaribe, Murphy Bay,  Paria Bay and Turtle Rock. Madamas Bay at the river’s mouth is a breathtaking destination where apart from its fantastic scenery the water’s are calm and soothing. During  February to July, these North Coast beaches are a nesting ground for the leatherback turtles, and since there are no drivable roads, this region remains pristine. The trail, which is mainly accessible on foot, is broad and open with rolling hills. 

On Saturday 8th May 209 Island Hikers host their 10th annual Hike-a-thon from Matelot to Blanchisseuse. It is considered to be the greatest hiking event of the year and attracts a variety of participants and foreign nationals. Some do it for the pleasure of walking the North Coast and enjoying the scenery while others approach the expedition with a more a competitive attitude and treat it as a race. It is a challenge to test one’s fitness for the distinguished title of "King of The North Coast." The event attracts as many as two hundred and fifty participants, and yearly more seasoned athletes get involved. Over the years, the Hike-a-thon finishing times have become shorter, and Michael Honore finished the hikeathon in 2017 in 3hours and 26 minutes.  The fastest record holder for the Hike-a-thon is Roger Rojas in a time of 3 hours and 6 minutes. However, it takes the average fit person 5-8 hours to complete the North Coast trek. On completion, each participant rewarded with a medal, t/shirt food, and drinks. 

The Hikeathon, 31-kilometer course, is grouped into three Sections and listed below are the average hiking times.

Leg #1: Matelot to Madamas {hiking time 3 hours}

Leg#2: Madamas to Paria ( 3 hours)

Leg #3: Paria to Blanchisseuse Spring Bridge {2 hours}


Learn More

Schedule on Saturday 8thJune 2019, Island Hikers 10th annual Hike-a-thon from Matelot to Blanchisseuse. Note pre-registration required

To download registration forms visit www.islandhikers.com or contact Mario 749-2956, Marcia 490-2421 or Jamal 7611889.

Assembly: 200am entrance to Eric Williams Medical Complex Mt.Hope.

Maxi-taxi departs from Mt.Hope at 2.45am to Matelot

Start time of expedition 6.30am

Return in the afternoon by maxi-taxi from Blanchisseuse.

What to bring: change of clothing labeled and left in the maxi.

On the trail: 1-2 litres of water, sports refreshments, snacks and a sandwich.

Note the Hike-a-thon is rated challenging and only fit or experienced hikers should attempt. One should be exercising daily and accustom to walking steep hills and long distances.

Cost $300 includes a medal, t-shirt, transportation to matelot and return from Blanchisseuse, meal, and refreshments provided at the finish line.

Venues to Register and drop off Hikeathon forms: Please call hike leaders to arrange a drop-off time.

Option 1

1.Jamal: 761-1889 D/ Martin/St James,

2.Camille: 620-3147 Chaguanas and San Fernando

3.Michelle: 726-5195 POS Beacon Insurance Stanmore Avenue

4.Mario: Port Of Spain Upper Frederick Street: 749-2956 or ask for Scratch 796-5428

5.Ronda: 786-9767 POS McEnearney Motors, Richmond

6.Dennis: 678-2768 Santa Cruz

7.Marcia: 490-2421 St Augustine & Arima

8.Michael: 719-3368 Arima Penta

9. Robin 681-1389 Belmont

Option 2:

Deposit at Republic Bank, Island Hikers acc#180 483 119 801. Scan and email form and receipt to islandhikers@gmail.com.

Or Whats Up registration form and bank receipt to Mario 749

L'eau Michel Beach & Bunsee Trace Mud Volcano

L'eau Michel Beach & Bunsee Trace Mud Volcano on Sunday 26th May2019

The geological structure of Trinidad is continental in Nature, and the topography of the south is different from that of the north. The Northern Range consists of Jurassic rocks made up of phyllites, quartzites, and limestone whereas, in the south, the rock structure is referred to as argillite and composes of Herrera sands, grey silty clays, and lignite beds. These types of rock lead to the formation of mud volcanoes and buried within the burnt clays or porcellanites are oil deposits.

   Two noteworthy mud-volcanoes located in the Southern Region, and in close approximation to the Penal Rock Road, each with its own unique characteristics. The first is the Digity Volcano located at Digity Trace on Old Clarke Road. At an altitude of 6 metres, it is the tallest in the country and has an upside-down cone shape. The second is the Bunsee Trace or L’eau Michel Volcano located 4km south inside Bunsee Trace and just of the Penal Rock Road. Unlike Digity this has a vast basin covering an area of an acre and the mud spills or tassik is circular and semi-solid. The mudflow emerging from the Bunsee Volcano flows horizontally and surfacing out of its active vents are air bubbles. Its cone is wide and round rather than high. 

       Recently the Ministry of Community Development pitched the road leading to the Bunsee Volcano and made the area a recreational site. Visitors frequent the area to picnic and at the same time enjoy the fascinating experience of a mud bath. At the entrance to the volcano, there is a tall hog plum tree, which acts as a landmark. The terrain at Bunsee Trace consists of rolling hills with gentle inclines, and the ground has a sticky type of clay called Sapata. The vegetation is mainly hectares of teak plantations however at one-time sugarcane was extensively cultivated in the area. Further south on the Bunsee Trace Dirt Road a 30 minutes walk will lead to L’eau Michel Beach (pronounced La Moshell). The beach provides a good opportunity to refresh and rinse off the mud from those bathing in the volcano.

On Sunday 26th May 2019 Island Hikers visit Digity and Bunsee Trace Mud Volcanoes and L’eau Michel Beach.

Assembly: 6.30am Eric Williams Medical complex Mt.Hope

Depart at 7.30am

or 8.00 am the end of Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway, Golconda Road exit.

Rating: 3 fair

Hiking time to beach 30 mins.

For details contact Mario 749-2956, Marcia 490 2421 or Jamal 761-1889 or islandhikers.com

Optional Maxi taxi transportation available please call Jamal to book

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Turtle Watching on Saturday 1st June 2019

Turtle Watching on Saturday 1st June 2019


Turtle watching at Matura Beach. Tour by Nature Seekers.

Cost of tour $80

Optional Transport from Mt Hope $80

Return time 1130pm


Assembly 6pm Eric Williams Medical Complex

Please callL Mario7492956 to book Maxi Transportation.

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