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GREAT HIKING TRAILS TO TAKE IN THE CARIBBEAN (Part 2)

The Pitons, St. Lucia

The island of Saint Lucia is home to the twin peaks of Gros Piton (2,579 feet in height) and Petit Piton (even taller yet easier) both of which are accessible by foot to the adventurous traveler in roughly 4-5 hours. The trail cross through rainforests and scramb over large rocks along the way to the spectacular view on top, making it worth your wait in line to snap that all-important selfie.

Nevis Peak (Nevis)

It’s a truly challenging hike at 3,232 feet in height. Although the mountain isn’t particularly high nor is altitude a major concern, the fact that the hike begins near sea level, and ends some three hours later at the summit make it amongst the toughest excursions in the entire region. 

The way to the top leads hikers scrambling over rocks and tree roots which requires the occasional ascent using ropes to reach the breathtaking view from the summit and a sense of true satisfaction at what you’ve accomplished.

Virgin Islands National Park, St. John

More than two-thirds of the island of St. John is actually designated as part of the Virgin Islands National Park with stellar natural beauty and rich history, including civilizations that date back more than 1000 years ago. The park features more than twenty trails, spreading out across the island in a variety of different directions allowing visitors to explore entirely on foot.

Those routes wander through thick rainforests, past pristine beaches, and up and down rolling hills, allowing hikers to discover long-abandoned plantations and mills, hidden cabins, and small shacks that once served as slave quarters. A hike here will make hikers feel a bit like walking through history, with some sharp reminders of the past.

Is that tempting enough? What more to think about? Just get some trainers and get moving.

Great HikIng trails to Take in the Caribbean

Travelers visit the Caribbean might find a beautiful beach to lounge on for the bulk of their stay or might be a bit more active by joining a hiking tour. Here are the best hiking trails that will help you stretch your legs, take in some fantastic scenery, and explore a side of the Caribbean that you might not have even known existed. 

The Waitukubuli National Trail, Dominica

The Waitukubuli National Trail is the best long-distance hike in the entire Caribbean with the length of nearly 115 miles across the island of Dominica being sectioned off into 14 different segments. Each segment has a distinct starting and ending point, allows hikers to enjoy either individual parts or take on the the entire trail if they are adventurous enough. Hikers take this trail will pass through a wide variety of environments and terrains, including rural farmland, rainforests, and mountainous regions with the route meandering in and out of local villages from time to time. Where there are breathtaking waterfalls, hot springs, caves, and other natural wonders.

Guanapo Gorge, Trinidad

The Guanapo Gorge on the island of Trinidad is a hike with a wonderful walk through an enchanted setting which hikers can enjoy in only a couple of hours. First, hikers take a stroll through the rainforest before entering a steeply walled canyon that was carved out of solid rock over the passing centuries by the Guanapo River, then walking and sometimes swimming through a series of pools and streams as heading up the valley. The cool, refreshing waters provide welcome relief for hikers from the often steamy conditions. Although this is a challenging hike, it is most definitely worth the effort for those who adventurous enough to undertake. However, remember to wear a swimsuit and water shoes, because you’re definitely going to need them.

Hiking in BarbaDOS

HIKING AND WALKING TRAILS

Barbados has some of the finest beaches in the world which are the ideal place for water activities and sports. However, Barbados also has some of the finest hiking trails through the exotic landscape. Accompanied by a stunning backdrop and the perfect climate, hikers would gain the most memorable experience. 

A walking tour is one of the most enjoyable ways for both professional hikers and visitors to discover the beauty of the landscape, from lush forests to flawless beaches. Additionally, you’ll get to learn about the rich culture of the island and its fascinating history.

To find the most popular hiking in Barbados, visitors should check with Hike Barbados, a group sponsored by the Barbados National Trust. They have the best weekly hiking tour which runs through the less developed, yet wild and rugged east coast of Barbados. The trail is packed with ancient, dramatic rock formations, cliffs and beaches pounded by the Atlantic – such a perfect option for either relaxing strolls along beaches or through lush botanical gardens to trickier but rewarding hill climbs or cross-country rambles.

For beginners, there also hiking trails best fit them which run through flatter scenic terrain and along footpaths, tracks and paved roads with little or no climbing involved. This tour offers an excellent experience which get hikers to explore either the villages and historic districts of Barbados, or the wilder side of the island, Cove Bay, Chalk Mountain. On the pathway cutting through Barclays Park, hikers will get to see the stunning views of the Cattlewash area, idyllic beaches and spectacular rugged coasts. No matter you want to relax or exercise, the stunning landscape views and the local wildlife would still be the perfect fits. 

So, the next time you visit Barbados, remember to pack trainers and some hiking tools with you.