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Hike to Aripo Waterfall
August 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
On Sunday 18th August, 2019, get ready for a paradise of depth and simplicity. At the foothills of Trinidad’s highest mountain, El Cerro Del Aripo, (3,085 feet), is a small mountain village called Aripo with a population of less than 1,000.
Its early inhabitants were the Amerindians, who were later associated with the Arima Mission set up by the Capuchin monks. After the Spanish colonists decimated these early people, the cocoa panyols of South America moved into the area during the early 20th Century to work on the cocoa and coffee estates. Around 1920 the price of cocoa dropped, and many were forced to return to their native homes on the mainland. They left behind their offspring who had already settled in Caura and Lopinot.
By 1949 a new village bearing the name Aripo (meaning: a flat baking stone used in the production of bread) emerged.
In Aripo lies a Turquoise hued six (6) foot waterfall rich in biodiversity due to its bottomless depth. Apart from the deep blue waters, the Aripo River also provides a shallow stream under the forest canopy.
The trek starts off the Aripo Road, a short 5-15 minutes mildly steep downhill walk through the rainforest canopy. At the Aripo River one can dive into the deep turquoise waters and swim with the friendly and fearless small freshwater fishes. The river also provides shallow emerald pools for those who wish to bask in nature’s shelter.
This hike is rated 1 out of 10 (Steep downhill).
Cost: $120.00 for members & $140 for Non Members
$75 with out transportation
• Reliable Transportation (Return Trip),
• Professional Experienced Friendly Guides,
• Safety equipment (LifeJacket)
• Safe and secure event,
• Secured Parking at UWI
Assembly: 8:00 am at JFK Shuttle Stop, U.W.I Main Campus.
Departure time: 8:30 am.
Estimated time of return: 5pm
Registration is open and can be done via the following methods:
1) FULL PAYMENT at Scotiabank Trinidad- Bank Account number: 42135- 4016758
**After payment is made kindly contact us (268 6608) to confirm your payment, we will verify and send you a receipt in return** Hikers must walk with their receipt on hike day!
2) FINAL Registration day is on Friday 16th August 2019 and can be done from 5pm to 7pm at Rituals Coffee Shop, UWI Main Campus, St. Augustine.
**NO REFUNDS AFTER FINAL REGISTRATION DAY (16//8/19)**
For more information contact Raiza (268-6608). Garvin (333-5913) , Shahada 328- 5852, or Julio. 747-7294