GRAND FOND WATERFALL & RIVER EXPLORATION

(Northern Range, Trinidad)

Best time for this hike: January - December

 

There are (2) options in doing this hike.

Option 1 is for the fit.

Option 2 is ideally for the family and very young kids.

 

Option 1

FROM SPRING BRIDGE & RIVER EXPLORATION VIA 3 POOLS

An hour hike through virgin forest with a great trail through-out. The first part of the hike is a steady uphill climb where your fitness will be tested. Once on top, flat terrain until we start heading all the way downhill mixed with bits of flat walking until we eventually reach to the Marianne River. Grand Fond Waterfall is then within reach.

Beautiful natural waterfall with a great pool to swim to your leisure, though one must be careful when swimming at the sides of this pool as it is extremely rocky there and so, it is strongly advised that you have on your shoes when venturing at the sides.

Departing the waterfall, we then head downstream Marianne River where it is rocky throughout coupled with beautiful pools and small gorges to swim through. Beautiful vistas also throughout the river trek.

We eventually reach to the popular “3 Pools” which is the signal that we are not far from the starting point. From 3 Pools, we are just 12 minutes away from the Spring Bridge.

The rating for this hike is (5) moderately challenging.

 

Option 2

GRAND FOND WATERFALL FROM AVOCAR VILLAGE

This hike is perfect for the folks desirous in doing an easy walk instead and kids. Here, we drive into a small village deep in the mountains where after parking our vehicles, we take a short walk along a dirt road that will eventually lead us into the forest. A short uphill trek along a narrow trail until we reach to the summit. From there, we head on downhill along a prominent trail and now under great shade throughout until we reach to a number of small stream crossings until we are eventually alongside Marianne River. The waterfall is now just a minute away.

Beautiful natural waterfall with a great pool to swim to your leisure, though one must be careful when swimming at the sides of this pool as it is extremely rocky there and so, it is strongly advised that you have on your shoes when venturing at the sides.

Departing from the waterfall, instead of going how we came, we take the Marianne River trek back upstream until we come to the end of the dirt road. When we reach there, we trek along this road until we eventually reach back to the parked vehicles.

The rating of this hike is (3) fair.

 

Life jackets will be provided upon request. Ropes and other safety devices will also be on hand.

 

APPROPRIATE ATTIRE FOR EXPEDITION

Long/short trousers can be worn….. Your choice.

Long/short sleeve tops and even sleeveless can be worn….Your choice.

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, but not necessarily.

Change of clothing to be left in the vehicles.

A waterproof camera is definitely a plus. Other cameras you bring along would be at your own risk.

 

Duration of this expedition:

8 hours (Option 1)

6 hours (Option 2)

 

Pick up time Monday to Sunday: 8:00am

Drive time from P.O.S. to Blanchisseuse - 1.75 hours

Drive time from P.O.S. to Avocar Village - 2 hours

 

HIKE FEE (OPTION 1)

TTD $1,200. (USD $200.): 1- 10 persons

 

HIKE FEE (OPTION 2)

TTD $750. (USD $125.): 1- 10 persons

 

TRANSPORTATION FEE  TO BLANCHISSEUSE (Optional)

OPTION 1

(1- 4 persons): TTD $500. (USD $85.)

(5- 10 persons): $1,000. (USD $170.)

 

TRANSPORTATION FEE  TO AVOCAR VILLAGE  (Optional)

OPTION 2

(1- 4 persons): TTD $600. (USD $100.)

(5- 10 persons): $1,200. (USD $200.)

 

Special rates available for groups of more than 10 persons