- Location: Northern Range and North Coast
- Type of Journey: One way
- Distance: 7 miles
- Highest Elevation: 1460 feet (445m)
- Degree of Difficulty: 4 (moderate)
- Time: 2 hours 30 minutes.
This trail is probably one of the most used hiking trails in the country. This trail is sometimes used as a return trail by some, but one way should be recommended, for the option of a cool sea bath and relaxation is very rewarding after a nice trek. From Gasparillo Road, Santa Cruz we will begin our trek up the gentle hill that is wide enough to be a bench trail (trail wide enough to accommodate a vehicle). We are in a natural forest where the tree covers are great, even on a hot day, its cool underneath. Lots of birds are seen and heard chirping their lives away. You may even see the odd wild animal or two scurrying across the trail as well. True nature is at its best here.
As we trek further uphill, there are a number of shortcuts that can be taken, but of course, these shortcuts are steeper. The forest is undisturbed and it is recommended that a break should be taken in order to truly enjoy serenity and relaxation for awhile. When we reach to the top, another break can be taken, for the balance of the journey is strictly downhill which can be quite trying, especially on your thighs and calves. As we reach further downhill, we will come upon parts of the hill that is eroded due to human intervention in establishing gardens along the sides of the mountain. From here, we will know that Maracas Bay is just around the corner. As we approach the village, we walk until we come to a junction where we eventually veer right and follow the road until we come to the “North Coast Road” onto Maracas Beach.
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