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El Tucuche

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 14 people
Destination(s): Trinidad and Tobago  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Caving  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 95 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 125 US Dollar (USD)

El Tucuche: To be able to summit at a reasonable time we head out from Superpharm Maraval at 5:00am. The hike starts at an elevation of 800 feet on an old donkey trail that takes you to a pass in the between St Joseph and Maracas Bay. It takes at least an hour and a half to get to the pass and here we leave the donkey trail to climb to El Tucuche's second peak. On the way you pass through cocoa estates and emerge into Lower Montane Rainforest. At the turn off there is an old broken down shack where an old “Obeah Woman” used to reside as she was rejected by the villages. She practiced her own brand of various religions. She had a black iron cross that she stuck in the ground and claimed Christ would return to earth in all His glory there. She often moved the cross. The elevation is about 1800 feet here and there is just about half the upward journey to go.

We now enter pristine forest on the Eastern face of El Tucuche, its getting cooler and the birds are chattering all around you. Toucans are calling with their puppy like yelp, hummingbirds zoom past, manakins getting all excited doing their courtship displays, and maybe you will hear Red Howler Monkeys in the distance. At 2000 feet the vegetation slowly changes to Montane Rainforest and tree trunks and branches become laden with mosses and ferns. The slopes here are steep and muddy, but with the cool, clean air and the beautiful scenery around it invigorate you.

As the first summit draws nearer the forest changes to Elfin Woodland, the trees become shorter, various Clusias and Palms become abundant. It is usually quite wet up here, even when it is not raining, and quite often cloud covered. The ground is so soggy it makes strange noises as you walk. The first summit is at about 2800 feet and has a 1000-foot cliff to one side. From a break in the vegetation the view is spectacular, when not cloud covered. Bathers can be seen at Maracas beach with binoculars even though you are several miles away. At this spot if you wait a bit you are almost certain to see the rare blue-capped tanager.

The last push to the real El Tucuche summit is then made. Slipping and sliding up the steep, muddy slope you push your muscles yearning to reach the final destination as the Elfin Woodland gets shorter and shorter. Then you emerge at the summit four hours after leaving base camp, here the views are even more spectacular, once it is clear views of the Caroni Plains and swamp, the North Coast, and Northern Range can be seen, even Little Garden, where it all began can be seen. Relaxation, lunch, photography are the activities here. The route down from the summit is by 2 trails, either the flatter and longer Caurita trail or the shorter but steeper Ortinola Trail

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

About This Supplier
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Location: Trinidad
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2010

M20471 is a venture that seeks to show that man can earn a respectable living while caring for the natural environment and the people around us. It is the result of several years of effort of its founding members who all share a deep interest in conservation and a love for our local culture. While we all wish to earn...

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