Category: Touring — Trinidad

Green turtles can often be seen on sea grass beds where they feed. Photo by Rapso Imaging

Watching out for Trinidad & Tobago’s turtles

Your guide to turtle-watching and turtle conservation in both Trinidad and Tobago

Caroni Swamp. Photo by Chris Anderson

Trinidad sightseeing day trips

This guide makes no claim to offer a comprehensive listing of things to do in Trinidad. Instead, here is a brief suggestion of some things to do, in each quadrant of the country. Each section is a selection of sights (and sites) that can be visited in a day

The Rio Seco waterfall. Photograph by Anu Lakhan

Keeshan Ramkissoon talks hiking in Trinidad

Keeshan Ramkissoon was awarded the President’s Medal in 2012, in recognition of his contribution to scouting, and studied civil engineering at the University of the West Indies. He is an avid hiker with the instincts of a natural outdoorsman. When you say someone “cuts a new path” it’s usually a cliché but in Keeshan’s case, he actually wants to do the finding, clearing and cutting new trails

Caroni Bird Sanctuary. Photograph by Robert Ramkissoon

A Trinidad eco & adventure guide: bird-watching, hiking & more

Trinidad is known to wildlife experts and enthusiasts for the sheer mind-boggling number of animal species and habitats crowded together on one small island just 50 miles long by 37 miles wide. Having once been part of South America, Trinidad has evolved both continental and island life forms: 108 native mammals (57 of which are bats), 460 birds, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians, and 620 butterflies, as well as over 2,500 species of flowering plants (700 of which are orchids), 370 species of tree and 300 types of ferns. Nowhere else in the West Indies can match this level of diversity – and few areas of comparable size anywhere in the tropical Americas

The Turure water steps (Cumaca Falls) near Valencia. Photo by Chris Anderson

Go hiking: 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. Here are some of Trinidad’s most popular hikes — from easy waterfall hikes, to caves with over a million bats, and the country’s most gruelling climb

Fort George, Trinidad. Photo: William Barrow

Trinidad sightseeing: our top 24

For a single island, Trinidad is incredibly diverse, her human and physical landscapes varying vastly from coast to coast. Starting early and limiting your stops, you could see the entire island in a day if you really wanted to, either on your own, or with guides. Here are our 24 favourite sights.

Tufted coquette. Photo by Rapso Imaging

Trinidad: a land of biodiversity

Andean origins give the island of just 1,700 square miles awesome biodiversity. With hundreds of bird and butterfly species, countless hiking and biking paths up mountain trails leading to caves and secluded waterfalls with cooling plunge pools, Trinidad is an eco-lover’s paradise. The island offers natural wonders to explore and experience that are unparalleled anywhere else in the Caribbean.

Tufted Coquette Hummingbird. Courtesy Theo Ferguson of Yerette

Exploring Trinidad’s natural history

Mountains covered with tropical rain forest; mangrove swamps and savannahs; rivers, waterfalls and jungle-green seashores — these are just part of Trinidad’s unique Caribbean/South American legacy. We may be separated by just a few miles of sea, but not long ago — a few seconds of geological time — we were part of the mainland. Learn about Trinidad’s natural history, with advice from a local hiker and tour guide about how best to go out and explore