Going To Trinidad and Tobago? These 4 Natural Sites Are Worth A Visit
Photo Credit: Photo credit: Thruston Benny

Photo Credit: Photo credit: Thruston Benny

Going To Trinidad and Tobago? These 4 Natural Sites Are Worth A Visit

Caribbean , Trinidad and Tobago
Spencer Jones
Spencer Jones Jul 31, 2023

Savory food, rich biodiversity, and the birth of the modern carnival. These are just three things associated with Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad got its name from Columbus, who noted the three peaks on the southeast corner. According to BBC, “Tobago was named after a local type of tobacco pipe.”

The dual-island nation was first colonized by Spain but the British, Dutch, and French also made appearances. Today, it’s a melting pot of cultures, and there are many natural sites to explore. Here are four of them.

Cerro del Aripo Mountain

At 3,084 feet, this is the highest peak in Trinidad and Tobago. It’s part of the Aripo Massif range.

You’ll get a workout for sure, but the thick vegetation on the mountain obscures the views. That said, you’ll get to explore the wettest part of the country. Be on the lookout for birds, mountain crabs, and the elusive golden tree frog.

Paria Bay Nature Hike

Fauna, flora and so much more await you at this nature hike.

Expect to spend about 4-5 hours here. Parts of it are strenuous, for sure, but a determined person with minimal hiking experience should be able to do it with the right guide.

Features of note include Paria Arch, Paria Falls, and the Turtle Rock peninsula. According to Destination Trinidad and Tobago, “The secluded Paria Beach can be accessed by hiking trail through Blanchisseuse or Matelot, or by boat.”

Aripo Cave

Located at the foot of Cerro del Aripo, this is one of the largest cave systems in Trinidad. However, whether it’s truly scenic depends on who you ask.

The din of birds, bats, and insects can startle the faint of heart. However, if this sounds like your cup of tea, inquire about a guided tour.

Argyle Waterfall

At 175 feet, Argyle is the tallest waterfall in Tobago. It’s on the island’s northeast side. The average hiker takes about 15 minutes to get to the falls via a marked trail but you’ll hear the falls well before they come into view. Some visitors climb them (be careful if you do), while others cool off in the pools.

The smallest pool is the deepest, so it’s perfect for diving and cannon-balling.

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