An amazing adventure through Trinidad and Tobago’s most spectacular gorge
We meet at your hotel for 7:00am. Drive east to Arima, and then turn northwards into the scenic Guanapo Valley and we tumble along a dirt logging road. As the drive continues your elevation rises, the views increase in beauty and the air becomes cool. Up to the 1960s Guanapo was a major supplier of cocoa and coffee. Start the hike in old cocoa plantation walking along wide jeep trail and then onto mountain trail into secondary forest growth, then rain forests. Soon we descend into the Guanapo River where we will be walking / wading / swimming up the river until we make our last steps to the entrance of the gorge and we enter by swimming the first of many emerald pools! In the gorge we walk, climb and swim our way through, getting very wet having lots of fun as the river cascades about us. Finally we return the way we came.
The hike is of moderate difficulty taking at least hour to the gorge each way and we will spend about an hour and a half to two in the gorge. It is recommended to bring river walking shoes for in the gorge. It must also be noted that the gorge can get dangerous in heavy rains hence for safety reasons we will not enter the gorge it the guide deems it dangerous. However the hike alone is worth the trip.
The hike will take about 5 hours or a bit more. Bring enough food and drink for that duration.
Swim suits like surfing trunks are best, Jeans will be too restrictive and heavy.
The gorge can get cold, so an extra jersey (Tee shirt or surfers' rash guard) put on over or under your tee can help to keep warm.
Heavy hiking boots are not appropriate as they become heavy with water and make swimming difficult. Slippers (flip flops) are also not appropriate
Everything will get wet so bring phones / cameras in dry bags or double/triple zip loc bags
Kids are encouraged to join this hike but they have to be able to hike on their own and have a responsible adult in charge of them.
If you cannot swim, or cannot swim well let me know in advance so I can bring a life vest for you. If you cannot swim and do not have a life vest you cannot do this hike.
Make sure you leave a dry change of clothes and towel in the car to change into for the drive home!
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You must provide accurate information on names and numbers of people attending, a cell contact and an emergency phone number of someone not attending the event. Once you are confirmed it is understood that you are subject to the Cancellation Policy displayed on the next tab.