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“Excellent Hike and Falls but NEVER do the Zip Line!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Paria Falls

Ranked #23 of 94 things to do in Trinidad
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Owner description: One of the island's more stunning waterfalls.
Lange park, Chaguanas
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“Excellent Hike and Falls but NEVER do the Zip Line!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
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Trinidad
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“greatest hike ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

very long hike, but its worth it. I suggest you pack lots of water and forget about civilization for this trip. It would b a wonerful camping experience as well. the beach is breath taking

Visited August 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Into the Wild”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

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.).

Visited March 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Georgeous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

The end justifies the means - is so true with this site

I would not recommend for kids or unfit persons or anyone with injuries.

I was going to say elderly folk, but my guide was a resident of the area and appeared to be a senior citizen and made the trip with ease.

Make sure and wear comfortable clothes, good shoes, a change of clothes, towel, water, snacks, mosquito repellant, and some muscle rub :)

You walk though virgin jungle to get to the site, pass through streams, see wildlife in abundance.

I could see myself living in this part of Trinidad - so clean and beautiful.

Visited January 2013
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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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“Worth the aches and pains to get there!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

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!

Visited February 2012
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