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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Written by Discover Trinidad & Tobago