Blue Basin Waterfall on Sunday 17th February 2019
The pride of Diego Martin is the Blue Basin Waterfall. The river originates from a remote area in Paramin known as Meyah and its course is through the dense region of the Cameron Valley. It then flows over a steep escarpment to a series of fascinating cascades. Situated at the top of Blue Basin Falls there are a series of hidden gems, pools and waterfalls known by villagers as White Hole, Coffin Hole, and Tsou Falls.
The Blue Basin River has always been significant to Diego Martin. In 1797, it provided water to the nineteen sugar mills and nine rum distillers in the Valley. The purpose of the historic Diego Martin Water Wheel was to crush the sugar cane and its water supply came from the river. At that time, the population of Diego Martin was 141 whites, 289 free coloured and 734 slaves. One Hundred years later in 1897, there was a depression in the Sugar Industry, and many of the estates collapsed. This was due to the abolishment of slave labour in 1834.
At River Estate the Colonial Government purchased the land to drill wells for the purpose of supplying water to Port-of-Spain and environments. Soon after, the Cadbury Brothers of England leased the land to do research in Cocoa Production. Today there is still evidence of its rich history and along the river channel and in the forest surviving cacao trees still, exist.
The trek to Blue Basin Waterfall is a short 20 minutes walk along the road to the falls. Please note there is security for the vehicles.
On Sunday, 17th February 2019 Island Hikers explore the Blue Basin Waterfall. Estimated hiking time 20 mins to a ½ hour.
Assembly: 7.00am KFC West Mall
Rating: 2 easy
For more information contact Marcia 490-2421, Jamal 761-1889 Mario 749-2956 or islandhikers.com
Turure River exploration on Saturday 26th January 2019
The Turure River with its multi-steps of appealing waterfalls is an ecological gem. Visitors are usually blown-away by its exquisite natural beauty. 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 cascades. The bed of rock along its course magnificently carved into natural water-steps, which ascend to a sequence of captivating chutes. The river’s main attraction is its long horizontal falls, which resembles a curtain as the water tumbles down the rocks. At the bottom of the falls, there is a plunge pool, and the polished rock surface provides favourable conditions for rappelling. Exploring the river further upstream there are more attractive gems to discover and there is a small cave concealed at the back of one of the fall’s overhang.
The first part of the expedition is to get to the top of the Riverhead where the source originates. The journey starts from the Turure Bridge along the dirt road to the top of the mountain where there is a landmark cross. A trail positioned on the left leads down in the valley to the river.
Along the riverbed, the calcium carbonate deposits provide additional traction and make the rocks less slippery to walk on. 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 caused pollution to the nearby streams resulting in landslides and endangerment to wildlife.
On Saturday 26th January 2019, Fitness Walkers explore the Turure River.
Assembly: 7 am Corner of Omeara Road & Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima. (Next to the Doubles vendors)
Hike Starting location: A circuit-hike from the Turure Bridge along the road to the Quarry & Cross and then down the river.
Rating: 5 moderately challenging.
Please note: Exploring the river entails some climbing down waterfalls and rugged terrain.
Estimated Hiking time of trip: 4-5 hours
A captivating waterfall rooted in the northern foothills of Mt. El Tucuche, is Angel Falls. Access to the falls is from the Zorro Trace Valley, located on the North Coast Road between Maracas and Las Cuevas however the falls can also be accessed from the Maracas St Joseph Valley in Lloango Village. Concealed by craggy ridges and rolling mountains it flows over a steep escarpment and drops 50 feet vertically, into a cosy basin. The river streams into a canyon where the falls outstanding celestial appearance and exquisite gracefulness gives it the name Angel. There is the option to sit under the water-drop for an invigorating massage or relax in its refreshing pool. Towering over this picturesque landscape are the twin peaks of El Tucuche (936 metres) where the source of the watershed originates. Lower down in the valley, the river pours over steep precipices where to discover are more impressive cascades. The River Channel is an explorer's bliss with breath-taking pools and fascinating waterfalls. Exploring this natural wonder invokes a feeling of mystery and adventure. The landowners at Zorro Trace earn their income from farming small cash crops such as tomatoes, cabbage, pimento, pumpkin and green peppers. The river is vital in supplying the necessary water for their produce.
The exploration To Angel Falls begins at Zorro Trace, and the trek to the falls takes approximately 45-minutes. The journey begins with an upstream walk alongside the river, where there are some shallow areas to cross. The trail located on the left-hand side of the river starts with a steep ascent that leads to the top of the ridge. A short path on the right diverts from the main track into an undisclosed valley where located is the Angel Falls. The return journey is downhill and there is the option to further explore the river to discover other attractive waterfalls. A shoe with good grips is recommended since the trail can be muddy in certain areas.
On Sunday 20th January 2019 Island Hikers visit the Angel Falls.
For more details contact Mario 749-2956, Marcia 490-2421, Jamal 761-1889 or visit www.islandhikers.com.
Assembly: 7 am at the entrance to Central Bank Auditorium or 730am Sam’s Bar Maracas Bay
Rating: 4moderate (includes an uphill climb going)
Hiking time one-way: 45 minutes to an hour
Trail Description: An uphill forest walk to reach the falls and a downhill return.
Preparation: a shoe with good grips and change of clothing.
Recommended for kids seven years and up.