(Northern Range, Trinidad)
Best time for this hike: January - August
Welcome to real rugged territory, deep in the Northern Range where we venture into a cave that is very unique its own standards. This cave is the "Home of the only nocturnal Palm Eating Bird in the world.....THE GUACHARO or DIABLOTEH, commonly known as the "OIL BIRD".
Driving first of all along dirt road up to the quarry. From beyond the quarry. The dirt road becomes more narrow and rougher hereby making driving more tedious for the next 5 to 6 miles up to the start of our hiking expedition.
The rating of this hike in general is (5) moderately challenging due to the constant gentle uphill and distance to cover to the cave which should take the average hiker about 2.5 hours (one way).
The hike starts up a gentle incline for the majority of the way through great forestry where there are generous tree shade to assist you greatly especially if the sun is out in its glory.
The forest trek will eventually end up in an opened area with high grass all around you. Here is where we are coming to the last leg of the trek to the cave. We again head downhill into forested area all the way along a narrow trail that will eventually lead us to the river which we must be prepared to take some wetting until we reach to the cave mouth.
As we are at the entrance of the cave, one will hear the distinct cries of the “Guacharos- Oil birds” inside the cave. We zip out our flashlights and start our exploration into the cave in river water.
As we are eventually totally engulfed inside the cave, by then, the deafening cries of the Oil-birds are all around us as they flutter all over us. An experience worth experiencing.
The cave has many chambers and we can explore a number of them together, but the deeper into the caves we go, the fewer the Oil birds there are in the deeper chambers.
APPROPRIATE ATTIRE FOR EXPEDITION
Long trousers must be worn
Long/short sleeve tops can be worn….Your choice.
Cap or hat is recommended, especially for the cave exploration.
Hiking shoes/trainers with good grips under the soles to be worn. No slippers or sandals please.
A Backpack must be used hereby keeping your (2) hands totally free.
Mosquito repellant can be bought along.
Change of clothing to be left in the vehicles.
A flashlight is certainly a MUST.
Duration of expedition:
Pick up time Monday to Sunday: 7:00am
Drive time from P.O.S. to Cumaca Village - 2 hours
TTD $1,500. (USD $250.): 1- 10 persons
TRANSPORTATION FEE (Optional)
(1- 4 persons): TTD $600. (USD $100.)
(5- 10 persons): $1,000. (USD $170.)
Special rates available for groups of more than 10 persons