Carbet Falls (Les Chutes du Carbet)

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Carbet Falls (Les Chutes du Carbet)

Carbet Falls (Les Chutes du Carbet)
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You know you need lots of vacation photos, so why not take them here? These three waterfalls showcase the natural beauty of the tropical landscape.
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VibrantDreamer.com
Canada2,526 contributions
Solo
Fantastic Falls! Do walk to the 3rd Waterfall! First Waterfall is magnificent. 2nd Fall is meh!

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To walk from the main parking area where there is reception to 2nd waterfall, it takes 20 min. You can't go down the base or swim there. Just take a look, pics, and that's about it.

It takes another 1.5 hours steady upside walk to the 1st waterfall. It is a tiring walk but unique and very much worth it. Kids can do it too with help of course. Be mindful. It is slippery. There are rocks, roots, muds.

You can swim (kind of) in the 3rd waterfall. View of the fall facing the see is magnificent. The falls are beautiful too.

3.5-4 hours for both falls without counting the stops. Charge 5 Euro per adult. Parking is FREE .

What I did was by mistake Google took me to the 3rd waterfall parking lot. It is a 45 min walk to the 3rd waterfall. It is amazing with the biggest base of all the 3 falls. You can walk swim play. It gets crowded. There was nobody when I got there around 9:15 AM.

I then walked the AMAZING trail to waterfall 1 then back to 2 then to 1. Took me 8 HOURS. The hike from 3 is unique and challenging. Very challenging I'd say. I crossed the river twice. Used ropes to climb vertical.

It was very much worth it. It is a life experience. I was solo and didn't see a sole till I got to the intersection of waterfalls 2 and 3.

My recommendation: If you can, make the walk from parking lot of waterfall 3 but have someone or take a taxi from the reception so you don't have to walk back the whole thing again. This will also save the 5 Euros.
Written December 28, 2021
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SZ
Covington, KY261 contributions
There are trails of different levels of difficulty. The easiest is practically paved and with wooden staircases. Driving to the location was more difficult than the hike. Main roads are excellent but when you leave them to take small roads into the Parc they get narrow, winding and very steep. At one point we were driving on two strips of flat rocks only to arrive at a large concrete-paved parking lot. The scenery, vegetation and waterfalls are beautiful.
Written November 21, 2003
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Duncan
Brisbane, Australia1,075 contributions
Couples
Absolutely spectacular waterfall. The problem with the bad reviews here is they made the mistake of following the danger signs, I simply ignored them and walked over the fence then trekked across the rocks for 300 meters. Be warned this is for experienced hikers only but the reward at the end is an absolutely spectacular waterfall in which to swim and shower under! See photo and look at size of person to see the scale and size of this incredible place.
Written December 15, 2014
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JAIME
Chandler’s Ford, UK38 contributions
Family
We parked by waterfall 3 and despite being fairly experienced hikers and in good physical condition, we found the route down to waterfall 3 quite challenging.
Most of the way is very muddy and the rocks are super slippy. There are also tree roots everywhere and a sheer vertical rock face section that you have to navigate down by roots and a dodgy bit of rope.
We then decided to try and get to waterfall 1&2 but gave up after crossing the river twice (knee deep water) and me almost going feet first down a rapid after slipping on the rocks.
Wouldn't reccomend doing this without walking boots and if you want to see waterfall 2 and 1 drive round to the right car park, dint try and get there from waterfall 3 carpark as its just too dangerous.
Written April 11, 2022
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Sven M
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Couples
There are four Falls: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Waterfall of Carbet AND one additonal that is reached easily from the parking of the 1st and 2nd fall. The numbering starts from the top (1st fall is the furthest to hike to).
The third fall is reached in 50min from the parking of the 3rd fall (google maps). The Hike is rather muddy and most importantly, at the very end, close to the fall you will have to CLIMB a little, so if you're fat, clumsy or old the third fall is no option for you but you and you should rather drive to the parking of the 2nd and 1st waterfall (use google maps) and hike to the closest ("additional") chute. It is a short hike (30min) and you do not need to climb.
Written September 4, 2017
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CalamitysChild1234
Stoneham, MA37 contributions
Couples
We visited this after hiking la souffriere and though our legs were tired it was worth the walk! There was plenty of parking, although the drive to the parking area was adventurous - windy and narrow. When we arrived we were charged $2.50 per person by a park worker who spoke limited English (a nice surprise!). We first walked to a viewing platform right off of the parking area where you could see both falls - breathtaking! There were also rustic restrooms next to the platform which was a nice amenity. Then we walked about 15 minutes to another viewing platform at the base of the 2nd fall. The walk was cobblestone through the jungle with lots of stairs - very pretty! The second platform was small but gave a nice view of the falls up close. We were really glad we came here - the falls were huge and stunning! Something out of a postcard!
Written March 9, 2017
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Joose S
Turku, Finland14 contributions
Couples
We visited 1st and 2nd waterfalls. #2 is easily reached from the parking area (about 20 minutes along a very good route) - however, it is not so magnificent view, because the best spot has been closed after the 2004 landslide. The hike up to the 1st waterfall is pretty difficult - you should not under-estimate the signs and do not go without good shoes. It will take about 2 hours each way.

The hike is tough, but still doable for every healthy person. The shorter you are, the harder the stairs and climbing are. My girlfriend is 160cm and sometimes I had to help her up, since the steps were so high she could not reach them easily.

In January 2017, the price per person was 2,30€ and with this price you get to see all three waterfalls and the national park. The price is quite low, if you consider how well maintained the easy paths were.
Written January 10, 2017
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skyisblu
Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
Couples
The site is very well constructed, with room for bus parking(amazing, given the climb on the access road, and we followed a giant tour bus all the way up!), and wheelchair access right up until the main viewing platform. At this point, the trail breaks away, though is still very well paved and easy to walk, to descend into the valley, where the viewpoint of the second waterfall is located. However, due to torrential rains and the 2004 earthquake, the viewing platform has become unstable, and is no longer accessible. Therefore, you can really only see the falls by straining to look around the corner of the forest. If you are more physically capable, best continue on to the first falls, where you will be rewarded with the best views, which is what we did.

At first, the hike is quite easy, with smalls climbs up rocks, or slopes, the trail gradually getting narrower. We crossed a few run-off streams, which makes sense since we were following the source uphill, and sometime a river overruns its banks. The trail got progressively steeper and steeper, turning into well-built stairs at one point which begs the question: who is in charge of the construction of said stairs, and how do they get the materials all the way up there?! This section of the climb lasted at least 30 minutes, and though efforts were maybe to line the stairs with wire mesh to prevent slipping, there are still some slick areas, as well as broken mesh which you can catch yourself in. Don't lose your concentration!

Once we crested the stairs, we began to descend towards the riverbed, to follow the falls to their source. This section was a lot more challenging, with the rocks being wet or muddy, and very steep. Some places had well-secured ropes to help us out.

Upon arriving at the falls, we were met with a variety of nice, flat spots where we could sit down and have lunch, relax and enjoy the view of the falls. It is quite high up in elevation, so even on a sunny day, we found ourselves in a fog-like mist. Packing a small windbreaker or sweater is recommended, along with food and plenty of water. Don't forget to bring everything back with you, too, as it is a protected National Park.

Back at the bottom, the brand-new welcome center offers excellent views from its roof deck of the valley below, and the outdoor washrooms are clean and very welcome for washing off the mud from the climb. All in all, this place offers falls for all levels of tourist, regardless of how capable you are. Definitely a place for anyone to visit and enjoy!
Written April 21, 2017
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mdkayaker89
Lancaster, PA89 contributions
If you are looking for a dramatic view and want to say you hiked in a rain forest you must see this. The 1st fall ( upper fall ) has a 410 foot drop! Standing in front of this sheer cliff face and falls is breathtaking.Its a meager 2.20 euros to visit. YOU MUST WEAR SHOES.
#1 When driving to this, you will feel as though you are taking a one lane road to nowhere and are lost! As long as you keep following the signs you will make it! Park near the visitor center.
#2 You will look on the map and see all sorts of trails and such ( some leading to Mt Soufriere) DO NOT TAKE THEM!!!!!! Unless you are a fully equipped, experienced hiker, who is able to handle one of the most challenging hikes ahead of them. I did this and got lost but eventually found my way and continued to the top. The whole hike took 6 hours.I crawled through mud, scaled slippery canyons and rock faces and am lucky I did not kill myself in the process. ( I have climbed Mt Washington,Katahdin, most of Shenandoah, Scotland, and this was the most challenging hike I have EVER done) Deer/game trails in america are more clear than these trails.
3. Do, hike to the upper falls, this is a VERY strenuous, hot and humid hike. Take your time. It will take atleast 1 1/2 hours to get there. It is VERY slippery.
Written December 13, 2015
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Pier-Luc B
Mirabel, Canada18 contributions
This was our first rainforest hike ever.
If you want to get up to last waterfall, don't do like we did... bring snacks and something to drink, maybe even plan something warmer to wear...

The back and forth trip with some stops and time to chill at the waterfall took us about 3.5 hours.

Be advise: while most of the trail is easely walkable, you'll be climbing almost the whole time going up and there's some rough spots where you need to climb a bit between rocks and crossing a river jumping from rocks to rocks. If I would have to rate the difficulty on 10, I would say probably around 7. (older people, mobility issue, younger kids, might not like the hike)

But seeing the vegetation, listening to the birds and the waterfall is worth the effort! :)

ps. visited april 2016 but late in my reviews.

Written June 9, 2017
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