Due to Covid regulations in Trinidad and Tobago, hiking to rivers and therefore waterfalls are still not permitted 🥺😢 I truly hope that they will reopen very soon as waterfalls are my favorite places to hike to with our Hikers United Team. Who doesn’t want to jump in a big natural pool at the end of a long and sometimes grueling walk? This post is a review of my of my top 5 waterfalls in Trinidad and Tobago (you can click on the links in the headings to get more information on each location). As soon as the Prime Minister gives the go ahead, I will be heading to these spots with alacrity 😎👙💦
#5 Aripo Falls, Heights of Aripo, Trinidad
Located in the Heights of Aripos this waterfall is a true gem. We found it a couple of years ago while actually on a scout to the Aripo Caves. Since then, I have been back to this spot on countless occasions as it is a nice and easy hike 😄 It takes about 10 mins from where you park your cars to the river and waterfall at the base and could take about 15 to 20 mins back to the start of the trail on your way back up. Perfect hike for any day, any time, anyone.
The water is cold but refreshing however, the spate of recent crimes in this area has me thinking twice as to when next I will visit this lovely spot 😡
#4 Rio Seco, Salybia, Trinidad
This is the perfect hike for a first time hiker 🚶♀️ 🚶 Rio Seco is located just before Balandra in the northeastern part of Trinidad and strangely enough the Spanish name translates to dry river in English although, the river is anything but dry. This location is one of the most popular hiking routes as the emerald green pool is a most inviting spot to bathe in and the trail is clearly marked and very scenic 🌲🌻The trail is not too long (so you wouldn’t get too tired of walking) but it is not too short (that you wonder if you could even consider it a hike).
PS. This is not a place that you want to visit Public Holidays as pre-covid, hundreds of persons usually descend upon this waterfall during Public holidays. If you are visiting, either avoid holidays all together or go early in the morning when things open back up.
# 3 Argyle Waterfall, Roxborough, Tobago
I never get tired of visiting Argyle waterfall. What is there not to love? ✈️🛳🌞🌳This spot is located in the beautiful quiet village of Roxborough, Tobago and I think it is the quintessential touristy waterfall in Trinidad and Tobago. What I love most is the ability to climb from one level to the next. The last time we visited in December 2018, we climbed up five levels and when we arrived at level 5, one of the guides told us that there was actually further to go if we continued hiking.
This is the only waterfall that I am aware of that charges an entrance fee and is managed and maintained by a committee. I think it is a great idea and I have no problem with more of our trails being managed like this 💵 (this is actually quite common in Jamaica). In return for your entrance fee, you have a safer trail (there are hand rails along certain parts of the trail to Argyle waterfall), bathroom facilities and safe parking. I think it is worth it to have these facilities even at some of our more popular hiking trails in Trinidad such as Rio Seco and Turure 😄
#2 Covigne Gorges, Chaguaramas, Trinidad
I consider Covigne Gorges to be the hidden gem of the west coast. This beautiful but very small watefall in Chaguaramas has one of the most scenic trails 🌳🌺🍂 🌼 Sometimes, we go here just for a walk along the start of the trail without reaching all the way to the gorges. The bamboo at the start of the trail provides beautiful arches that are absolutely lovely and just makes you ponder on the beauty of Mother Nature, they also provide the best frame for your photos 📸. In addition, the tall trees provide a perfect canopy and shelter from the hot sun or rain.
During this hike you will walk alongside the river, through the gorges and also on the river bed. My favorite part of the trail is the scaling of the rock using the rope. It truly an adventure heading to Covigne Gorges and with such a varied landscape it surely makes for a very memorable albeit short, hike.
#1 Paria Waterfall, Blanchisseuse, Trinidad
Of course my number 1 spot belongs to Paria! 😍 Were you expecting something else? 😨 In my opinion, Paria Waterfall is without a doubt the best waterfall in Trinidad and Tobago. I am obsessed with the beautiful, picturesque waterfall with the lush vegetation and lovely scenery all the way to the beach and continuing on to the waterfall. At the beach, you can then enjoy the splendid view of the Cathedral rock or play football on the sand and then take the short walk to Paria Waterfall. Paria watefall has a large pool at its base where you can comfortably, swim, float or just relax after a long hike. I cannot wait to visit here sometime soon 🙂
What do you think I am missing from the list? What are your favorite waterfalls in TnT? 😊
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