The National Park in Basse-Terre is certainly one of the highlights in a visit to Guadeloupe. The island is a part of France being a Dom, departement outre-mer (overseas departement) and has all the vestiges of France that you would expect to find on the European mainland plus a rainforest which is a protected National Park!
This park is not large but what it lacks in size it makes up in variety. the best way to experience this park is to walk some of the many walking trails, but most of them require good suitable footwear,water and proper preparation. Walking these trails will give you a true picture of this small but varied National Park. You will pass all manner of vegetation, lianas abound together with various types of epiphytes
An exception to the requirements for good footwear etc. is the walk to the Cascade aux Ecrevisses, the Crayfish waterfall. Here you have a wheel chair friendly paved path which gently takes you into the rainforest with informative information panels on the way (some in Brail). Its only a short walk but it is very informative and is ideal for those with mobility problems. At the end of the path way is a nice waterfall with a pool in which you can take a dip.
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