Details on Lalaja to Avocar Village via Paria Bay.

One MUST be extremely fit to undertake this particular adventure.

The rating for this hike is (8) Very Difficult

Ready to embark on 24.5 miles of hiking?

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LEG 1

The start of the hike is on the corner of "Lalaja South Road and the popular Arima/Blanchisseuse Road" where we first trek all along asphalt road that has very few vehicles traversing along this road hereby making this trek very comfortable all the way. Mixture of uphills, flat terrain and some downhills until we reach to the summit of Lalaja. Distance covered here is 3.9 miles in 1 hour 15 minutes of moderate walking.

 

From here we come off asphalt road and from here is trails through abandoned cocoa estates and some agricultural properties until we reach to the "El Cerro del Aripo Junction" where the distance to this point is 5.1 miles.

From here is steady downhill trekking all the way until we eventually reach to the well known "Madamas Valley Village".....once again, distance to this village is 7.6 miles and average time covered to here is around 2 hours 30 minutes. Elevation at this village is 535 feet above sea level.

LEG 2

A small diversion is made to get us onto Paria Village where from here is trail trekking all the way through natural forest where the entire trail is a fantastic one and the overall trek is a gentle one until we eventually reach to the well-known "Paria Bay Waterfall Trail". Of course we will take the short walk to the waterfall to take a breather and maybe a dip in the lush blue waters before we continue our journey. Distance covered to the waterfall is 16.5 miles and average time covered to here is around 5 hours. Elevation at the waterfall is 69 feet.

LEG 3

We trek along the popular Paria Beach to the well-known "Paria Arch" where from here, is back into the forest and continue on our way through really undulating terrain all the way until we eventually come out from the forest and beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea gives us great vistas as we make our way to the popular "Spring Bridge". Distance to here is 22.2 miles in around 7 hours 15 minutes. Elevation at the bridge is 39 feet.

LEG 4

We take another break at the bridge before readying ourselves for the final leg of the trek. It is here many hikers usually break down and ask for relief. Take that final pressure for the last leg where we head on back into the forest, up a steady incline to the summit before we head on downhill all the way until at last, we are at the "Marianne River" further upstream where at this point, a short trek to the popular "Grand Fond Waterfall" will be so well received. Distance covered to he waterfall is 24 miles in 8 hours 10 minutes. Elevation at the waterfall is 62 feet above sea level.

After that last dip and a swim, a further 20 minute walk will at last reach us at the finish point at "Pop's Residence" where a well deserved meal awaits us. Final distance covered in total is 24.5 miles in 8 hours 30 minutes. Final elevation at Pops is 98 feet.

Duration & Cost

We meet at "Eric Williams Medical Science Complex" at 5:00am sharp.

BREAKDOWN OF ESTIMATED TIMES

From Lalaja Road to the summit of Lalaja: 1 hour 15 minutes

From the summit of Lalaja to Madamas Valley Village: 1 hour 30 minutes

From Madamas Valley Village to Paria Waterfall: 3 hours

From Paria Waterfall to the Spring Bridge: 2 hours 30 minutes

From the Spring Bridge to Grand Fond Waterfall: 1 hour

From Grand Fond Waterfall to Pop's Residence: 20 minutes

HIKE COST

TTD $450. (10 persons maximum)

Payment is to be made at any branch of Republic Bank, Account # 320466690701 in the name of "Nature Trekking in T&T". Once payment is made and a receipt is given, kindly Whats app to 868-740-2860 or email to emile@naturetrektnt.com for confirmation thank you. Do remember, who pays first will get the preferential treatment.

Transport, full meal and soft beverages inclusive

Attire

Long trousers is very highly recommended.

Wear long/short sleeve tops. No sleeveless tops please.

Wear hiking shoes/trainers with good grips under the soles. Absolutely no slippers or sandals please.

Wear hat or baseball cap which will be useful especially in the areas of exposure to the sun.

Bring a change of clothing which will be left in our waiting vehicle.