- Location: Western Northern Range
- Type of Journey: One way
- Distance: 8 miles (12.6km)
- Highest Elevation: 2100 feet (640m)
- Degree of Difficulty: 5 (strenuous)
- Time: 5 hours.
At the very end of Maracas St. Joseph, is a village called “Luengo Village”; at the foot of the very steep hill, we begin our trek. One heck of an introduction to this hike I tell you. As we reach to the top, you will be treated to the majestic view of El Tucuche Mountain (the second tallest peak in Trinidad and Tobago) at her glorious best. The two peaks to your leisure. We trek along the trail ahead of us that is flat, hereby giving us the opportunity to catch our breath. As we venture further in, the forest will eventually swallow us in. True natural forest is where we are now, and because of the thickness of the vegetation in here, broad daylight will look as though the sun is setting.
Do not fear, for the enchantment of the forest is something truly worth experiencing yourself. We venture further inside until after an hour or so, we will come to a watershed where here is the ideal place to take our break, for we are dead center of our destination, and also here is the highest point of the mountain, and we are also situated in the heart of the primary forest where we cannot get it any batter.
This is also the place where an old lady “Sister Beatrice” lived all her life in her little tapia house. She also died here and was buried here, and the small iron cross is set on the ground where she was buried. Leaving our resting point, we veer left from the main trail onto a smaller trail and is downwards we go from here until we come to a junction where we turn left and continue heading further downhill. Again, care must be taken on your feet with the constant downhill trekking. As we slowly approach Maracas Bay, you will be spell-bounded by the magnificent views of Tyrico Bay (next to Maracas Bay) and its luscious blue waters.
As we reach even further down, another view of Tyrico Bay, together with the background of lush green forests adds to true beauty that will take your mind away. A camera is certainly a must where seeing is believing. As we head further downhill, the distinct sounds of the waves of Maracas Beach pounding away, together with the distinct smell of bake and shark will only encourage you to step up your pace faster downhill. An memorable experience worth trying.
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