We are hikers: four Trinidad hikes based on experience
Of all the out-doorsy things you can do in Trinidad & Tobago, hiking is one of the best. Much like the country, hikes can accommodate almost everyone, from the gentle soul who’s looking for equally gentle terrain to the most intrepid, bring-it-on types.
Comfortable rambles for beginners
Edith Falls (Chaguaramas, northwestern peninsula)
The trail is well marked by the Chaguaramas Development Authority. Ideal for novice hikers, it reveals a broad range of local flora and fauna, culminating in a breath-taking view of the 250-foot (76-metre) falls. Estimated completion time: 30 minutes at a leisurely pace.
Rio Seco (Salybia, northeast coast)
Complete with a fine natural swimming pool, these falls are part of Matura National Park. The trail paths are largely shaded by mora rainforest canopy. Estimated completion time: 45-60 minutes, trekking casually.
Maracas Waterfalls (Maracas/St Joseph Valley, north Trinidad)
The trail leads through rich forest scene to Trinidad’s tallest waterfall, towering 299 feet (91 metres) high. Estimated completion time: 30-45 minutes, meandering peaceably.
For the intermediate hiker
Turure Water Steps (Cumaca, northeast Trinidad)
Natural limestone provides safe paths for exploration. The hike ends in bathing pools beside the Water Steps themselves: the unique rock face delights budding geologists. Estimated completion time: an hour, at a steady pace.
For seasoned hikers only!
Saut d’Eau (Paramin, northwest Trinidad)
Veterans love the challenge of this gruelling trek: a high-altitude start leads steeply down to an expanse of secluded beachfront. The uphill return is truly not for the faint of heart. Estimated completion time: three blood-pumping hours, there and back again.