Santa Cruz to Rincon Village via El Tucuche

10 Hours

The rating of this hike is (8) Very difficult

FIRST LEG

This is simply a hike to remember. We start off in Gasparillo Village, Santa Cruz and head on up the Gasparillo Hill up a constant uphill until we reach to the summit (1.389 feet). Distance covered up to this point is 2 miles.

From the summit, we veer off the Gasparillo Hill and take the ridge all the way once again, constant uphill to the summit of Mt. Vigie which actually is between Santa Cruz and La Canoe (2,083 feet). Distance to this point is 2.7 miles.

From Mt. Vigie, we descend onto the summit of Loango Hill that separates Maracas Bay from Maracas Village (1,467 feet). At this point, we would've covered 3.2 miles.

SECOND LEG

We head on towards Maracas Village, but just as we reach at the top of the steep downhill trail, we divert onto a totally separate trail that is undulating throughout. Along this trail as well, beautiful views of Maracas Bay is afforded to us as we eventually reach at our third point "The Cross". Distance covered at this point is (5.1 miles) and elevation at the Cross is 1,929 feet.

THIRD LEG

This leg is the most difficult of the entire trek where we start our uphill trek to the summit of El Tucuche via "THE BACKDOOR". Steep uphills at various parts of the trek, along with some beautiful aerial vistas once the weather stays clear. As we approach the summit, one can clearly see the difference in the vegetation and the temperature around us as well. At last, we are at the summit (3,072 feet) and the distance covered at this point is 6.2 miles.

FOURTH LEG

From the summit, we start our downhill trek all along gentle terrain as we head on towards the known "Caurita Ridge". Due to this trail not being used as it should, there are overgrowth here and there along the way, but nevertheless, a great trail all along the way. When we are officially on the Ridge, we encounter more overgrowth along the way until we eventually reach to the well known "REST HOUSE". Here by chance is actually the junction where we divert from the ridge onto the valley leading to the North Coast. Distance covered to the Rest House is (10.7 miles) and the elevation here is 1,818 feet.

FIFTH LEG

Along uncharted territory that is visited by very few hiking clubs, we venture and under great and thick canopy of the Northern Range trees, along a narrow but distinct trail, we trek downhill steadily until we come to an abandoned cocoa estate with many unattended cocoa trees on both sides of the forest which gives us the indicator that we are close to our next destination. As we reach to a small stream which is the stream that carries the water from the nearby "Chorro Waterfall". A great stop off at this point. Distance covered here is (12 miles) and elevation at this point is 1,079 feet.

SIXTH LEG

We cross this narrow stream and on the other side of the mountain we continue this time along clearer trail, this time on undulating terrain all the way. More thick canopy of the tall trees of the Northern Range giving us generous shade every step of the way until we head downhill all the way until we eventually reach to the popular Habio Junction that will lead us to our final destination. Distance covered at this point is (13.1 miles) and elevation here is 715 feet.

SEVENTH LEG

Our final leg is the popular "Rincon Trail" that eventually brings us to the popular cocoa village. This trail will bring us to the well known "Black Pool" where either a well deserved swim or even a wash face to revive you is afforded and then onto the final leg where at last, the end of a nice and invigorating (15 miles) trek comes to an end on the Rincon Road. Elevation here is 160 feet.

Duration & Cost

10 hours hiking in total


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HIKE COST

TTD $350. per person (8 persons maximum)

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Inclusive of transportation, full meal and soft beverages.

Attire

Wear long/short trousers......your choice

Wear long/short sleeve tops. No sleeveless.

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

Use a backpack thereby keeping both hands totally free.

Bring along mosquito repellent.

Bring a change of clothing which will be left in the vehicles.