Paria Falls
Paria Falls
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Oatgirl12
New Berlin, WI346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We hiked this from the bridge and didn't encounter any other people. The beach is clean and has plenty of rocks and shells to sift through. Going further to the Paria Falls was pretty, though the trail abruptly ends in the river! The hike doesn't have crazy ups and downs, so it's gentle on the legs despite being near 13 miles round trip.
Written February 9, 2020
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
The Paria hike is a must. If you want to experience the true Carib, make the hike. Park by the bridge just past Blanchisseuse Beach and head out from there. Past the bridge, the road gets rough quickly, so unless you have 4WD and a strudy vehicle you don't mind banging around, just park and hike it. After a while, the road ends at a small beach and the trail begins. Was able to make the hike one-way in 90 minutes, but that was at a brisk pace. Most people make it in about 2.5-3 hours. Take your time, it's not a race and there's alot of beautiful scenery to be seen. Contrary to what people will tell you, you don't need a guide. However, it's safer to travel in groups of at least 4 or more. Don't do it alone, not so much for the security issue as the safety issue. There are some narrow parts on the trail and if you get hurt/fall, you'll need help quick. Not recommended for small children either. Strollers won't make the bike. Bring water, food, comfortable shoes, and even a small med kit might be a good idea. The hike is pretty spectacular as you see the ocean come in and out of view as you hike up steep trails and back down to the streambeds. When you finally reach Paria beach, the trail descends and you come out from the treeline to be greeted by white sands and beautiful views. It's the Carib of old. No resorts, hotels, or any other signs of civilization on the beach. About 3/4 of the walk down the beach, you'll find the Paria falls trail. It's about a 10 minute walk (very easy compared to the Paria trail) to the falls. Bathing in the cool waters is a welcome break from the rigorous hike.
If you're in Trinidad, this is something worth doing. You'll remember it. People of all ages and fitness levels make the hike, just do so at your own pace and you should be fine. Many arrange for boats from Blanchisseuse to meet them at Paria beach to hitch a ride back after visiting the beach and falls. Worth considering if you think you'll prefer making the hike just one way.

Be advised though, when you reach Paria Beach (including the falls), there are NO food stalls, vendors, or bathroom/changing facilities of any kind. Bring your own gear (change of clothes, towel, insect repellent, food, WATER, sunscreen, etc.).
Written April 11, 2013
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Andre_Thompson
Trinidad and Tobago75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
This to me is quite a challenging hike - about 7 hours to hike in and back out, not including bath time at the falls.

You will see some interesting flora, some fauna you might see are Macaws, Parrots, Butterflies and some insects.

Just before the falls you will meet up with some beaches and small rivers which are some great places to relax (just remember you have a total of 7 hours hiking!). I drank some pure mountain water - very refreshing and I am still alive - just remember to drink where the water is gushing, not the still pools.

When you are at the falls you can have a really cold and refreshing bath. If you are adventurous you can climb up some rocks just to the front and at the side of the falls where you can jump off (don't dive head first).

You can also be adventurous enough to climb to the top of the falls and fill up on the fresh water there - also very refreshing!

On the negative side, there is a ZIP Line there which I recommend you absolutely DO NOT TRY:

1. You have to climb a steep, slippery cliff face to get to the top of the zip line. Very difficult even if a rope is available. The guides seem to have omitted this information when you sign up and pay the non refundable fee.
2. When you are ready to zip, the zip guy will tell you to move your feet out of the way of the jutting rock just right in front of where you push off - I hit my feet there and it really HURT. I am fortunate I was not injured.
3. Then there is a guy who will have to "hit the brakes" so you won't crash into the tree that the zip line is connected to - it seems to me very risky.
4. If you changed your mind and do not zip the fee is non refundable.

Overall it is a great experience for any hiker. Not for the slow hiker.
Written July 18, 2013
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Ricardo R
Port of Spain18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Solo
To get to Paria, you must take either the three hour long journey from Brasso Seco in the heart of the Northern Range or use the spectacular coastal route from Blanchisseuse village - a trek that takes one and a half hours of sometimes challenging walking.
Every moment on this popular pilgrimage is a revelation.
From Brasso Seco Village you will encounter an astounding array of birds and floral varieties. The walk takes you through time as nature has put a halt to all but the trail you're taking. Nothing compares to it.
The coastal route is breathtaking. Formations that are as unique as could be found and a series of beaches and vistas provide you with a memorable experience.
Then the waterfall is indeed a Force of Nature. The sheer volume of water cast from a cleft above makes you wonder if nature was giving up all her waters to the crystal clear pool below.

Remember, it's a hike you're going on. Have your food rations in abundance, water, drinks and energy bars. A camera is a necessity. Your clothes must be comfortable and designed for the journey. Good supportive footwear is important.

YOU MUST GO WITH A LOCAL GUIDE. This hike is not for those unfamiliar with the route.
Written March 14, 2012
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catavn
Trinidad and Tobago30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Wow this Fall is an amazing adventure.The hike to get to it is not too strenuous and when you actually get to the falls it takes your breath away.making it all worth the hike.

You can actually bathe in the basin at the base of the fall.
Written February 14, 2017
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hickmagp
Maraval, Trinidad890 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Paria waterfall Hike is a long (9 mile round trip) but rewarding hike. The track starts where the north coast road ends. A jeep trail with a few houses soons gives way to an old bench trail. There are about 5 or 6 valleys which need to be crossed. The total elevation gain and lost is about 1600ft. The walk along Paria beach can be difficult as the sand is poorly consolidated with no shade. The waterfall and plunge pool is very beautiful and very rewarding.
Written December 17, 2014
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Frederic_Guitard
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
Went there 14yrs ago! From reading recent posts, it seems that it is still the magical hike we took then. A good 2h walk, solid, but with endless breathtaking spots, and a dream bath in the crystal clear water below the fall!

As mentioned by others... BE CAREFUL... You will not come back from there the same person you were before you left, and may not even want to come back !

I have to admit, I never shared that experience until now because I was afraid that this spot get spoiled by too many visitors... Selfish, I know, but hey... Such pieces of paradise on earth are very rare nowadays! So please respect it, and if you bring anything with you for the hike, take it back with you as well....
Written March 4, 2014
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Zelillem
Port of Spain, Trinidad373 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Friends
The hike to get to Paria is always quite challenging, regardless of whether it's been a hot sunny day or a typical day in the rainy season. However, when you get to the end and see the amazing cascading crystal clear water, it makes the suffering (maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit!) all the more worth it! This is a definite must-see for any nature enthusiast (or not!) who wants to enjoy Trinidad's natural beauty!
Written May 28, 2012
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Johnny L
Diego Martin, Trinidad272 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
I can't say whether or not the waterfall is accessible from the 3 hour hike, as my friends and I came to Paria Bay by boat, and then did a short hike up to the falls. However, as soon as we arrived on the beach, we witnessed the aftereffect of what looked like a massive mud slide. It had ripped hundreds of trees down the mountain and the riverbed and left destruction in it's wake. We couldn't reach the waterfall, as much as we tried, there were just too many massive trees blocking the way.
Written December 5, 2016
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Jacqueline R
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent 2 hours driving on the crazy streets of Trinidad to find out that map leading us towards La Brea, near the southwest corner of Trinidad was completely wrong. Do not follow this map to reach this hike..

Written April 2, 2015
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