Popular Trinidad hikes for your bucket list

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.

Edith Falls. Photo by Ariann Thompson/MEP Publishers

Edith Falls in Chaguramas. Photo by Ariann Thompson/MEP Publishers

Fondes Amandes (St Ann’s)

The Community Reforestation Project provides forest tours that range from quick and gentle to more intermediate.

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.

The Rio Seco waterfall. Photograph by Anu Lakhan

The Rio Seco waterfall is one of many deliciously cool watering holes in the country. The height from the top of the waterfall to the pool is about 20 feet. Photograph by Anu Lakhan

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

Guanapo Gorge (Northern Range)

Roughly 2.5–3 hours of forest, river, and gorge trekking.

Hikers climb Mount Tamana in Central Trinidad. Photographer: Stephen Broadbridge

Hikers climb Mount Tamana in Central Trinidad. Photographer: Stephen Broadbridge

Mt Tamana Bat Caves (Central Range)

A roughly 90-minute hike to the limestone cave systems that massive colonies of bats — thousands from 12 different species — call home. Each evening before dusk, they depart the caverns en masse.

Paria Bay (north coast)

It’ll take you roughly 2 hours from Blanchisseuse to Turtle Rock then Cathedral Rock/Paria Arch. A pristine white sand beach, turtles (in season), and nearby waterfall are your reward. Also accessible via Brasso Seco.

The arch at Paria Bay, Trinidad. Photo: Chris Anderson

The arch at Paria Bay, Trinidad. Photo: Chris Anderson

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.

Turure Water Steps, Trinidad. Photo by Chris Anderson

Turure Water Steps. Photo by Chris Anderson

For seasoned hikers only!

El Tucuche (Northern Range)

Trinidad’s second tallest mountain. A gruelling hike to the summit (in fact, there are two peaks!) takes 2–4 hours via Hobal Trace in Maracas Valley.

Trinidad for thrill-seekers and adrenalin junkies

Madamas Bay (north coast)

It’ll take you roughly 3 hours from Matelot or 5 hours from Blanchisseuse. A beach, river, waterfall, and turtles (in season) await.

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.

View of Saut d'Eau from Paramin. Photo by Chris Anderson

View of Saut d’Eau from Paramin. Photo by Chris Anderson

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