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Chaguaramas tours awaken the senses

Monday, August 9 2010

CHAGUARAMAS is proving to be a magnet for visitors, both locals and foreigners, during the vacation period as they explore the many trails and recreational sites of the area. Almost every day, the tours to Gasparee Caves are fully booked as hundreds flock to see for themselves this magnificent cave system.

From as early as 8 am, children accompanied by their parents or guardians are seen at the head office of the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) booking their tours for a day of fun and exploration, or wait to be escorted by knowledgeable tour guides to the various recreational sites and trails that crisscross this peninsula.

“As a young man I visited the caves but never took my children,” said one parent as he made his way to the CDA bus with his children.

For other families, it is a chance to see something different and even a chance to visit another part of the island. Chaguaramas is more than just Gasparee Caves and a ride ‘down-the-islands’. It is one of the few places in Trinidad that offers a diverse mix of eco-adventures and untarnished beauty. Bring the family and come and see for yourself.

Some of the tours being offered include:

EDITH FALLS – An awe-inspiring waterfall in an exotic rainforest: bamboo clusters, colourful flora, heliconias, rubber trees and fishtail palms – a must for nature lovers.

GASPAREE CAVE – An extraordinary and majestic cave system on one of the offshore islands. See the natural wonders, sinkholes, a crystal pool that shimmers like glass, reflecting the colours of the light that filter through the cave.

MACQUERIPE TRAIL – Delight in the beauty of nature. A nature trail that affords breathtaking views of Tucker Valley and the North Coast.

COVIGNE NUTMEG VALE – Savour the peaceful ambiance of Covigne Nutmeg groves where the trail promises unspoilt beauty.

COVIGNE RIVER TRAIL – Have an adventure up a twisting gorge to a cooling waterfall. Hiking up a branch of the Cuesa River, the trail takes you through cocoa, coffee and nutmeg plantations.

CHACACHACARE SALT POND TOUR – A hyper-saline pond with peculiar flora. Head out from the mainland by boat to Chacachacare. Land at La Chapelle bay, there's a leisurely walk to the Salt Pond, with a lovely view of the Caribbean Sea.

CHACACHACARE LIGHTHOUSE TOUR – Built in 1896 and still in operation, it affords visitors spectacular views. Head out from the mainland by boat, land on Perruquier Bay, the walk takes you to the highest point on the island with a panoramic view.

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