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“Bring Water!”
Review of Copolia Trail

Copolia Trail
Ranked #6 of 36 things to do in Victoria
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Level 6 Contributor
466 reviews
155 attraction reviews
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“Bring Water!”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

We were determined to "do a hike" during our trip. We took the bus up from Victoria to Sans Souci and hiked about 45 minutes into the Copolia Trail for a picnic lunch and then back out. We had no map of the trail so we had no idea where we would come out if we kept going. It was nice to be in almost perpetual shade and surrounded by green. It was HOT though, even in the shade. We were glad to have brought a lot of water. When we came out, the Tourist Police officer at the trail head told us that he typcially hikes with solo (and female) tourists as there have been robberies along the trail. We saw no one the entire time we were hiking.

Visited February 2013
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“Not easy”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

We joined the local hash harriers for their fortnightly walk and it so happened to involve the Copolia Trail. We did start a mile down the road at the restaurant car park so the climb up the road from there was continuous especially in the hot conditions. There had been some muggings reported on the trail but there is now a plain clothes police presence. The trail is not for the faint hearted, climbing nearly 1000 feet through jungle from the start on the road. The path has been regularised in certain areas stabilising the ground and constructing edges for steps, but is mainly just a walked route over tree roots, stones and boulders. The path is very steep at times. The view from the top of the 2000 foot mountain however is spectacular and worth the effort. Victoria, the harbour Eden Island and the airport all lie below. It is also the place you can see the Pitcher plant in the wild which feeds by catching insects in it's flower. Do take a litre of water per person, you will need it.

Visited November 2012
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Victoria, Mahe
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

The starting point for the trail was easy to reach with a green-colour board stating in clear words ”COPOLIA TRAIL” right on the main road Chemin Sans Souci; the same road that one takes to drive to the Mission Point.
It is better to start early, between 7 and 8 am. The starting point is on a bend in front of a big house, hence parking space on the road-bend is not really a problem, although security could be an issue.
The starting point itself is at a height and (on the left flank of it) offers distant views of the sea-water, windmills and a couple of islands, but not in a sweeping panaroma as one begets after reaching the top.
The journey ahead is easy, just up and down for quite some time till one reaches a point where it was supposed to be uphill only. Amazingly, most of the trek had been developed in the form of stair-case, environmentally made out of tree logs and branches. There are lots of ferns and blade-grass plants to be seen on the way. I also remember seeing a dead rodent lying immediately at the entry point of the forest and later a couple of live ones too while coming back.
After about 40 minutes of camel ride of ups and downs, last ten minutes were spent by us going uphill only till it again became easy to gradually go up by circumventing a big rock. Since bare rocks had started by this time, to give visitors a small jumpstart for the plateau, aluminum ladder were found to have been fixed (probably by civic authorities) on a boulder. This was the end point of walking through greens.
Climbing the ladder and crossing over, one is welcomed by a big plateau of rounded rocks with three-sixty degree view, which included airport runway, sheikh’s home atop a hill, Morne Blanc, Victoria City and adjoining areas, Eden Island and so on and so forth.
If one does it the slower way, i.e., taking rest, appreciating flora, brandishing cameras, it takes fifty minutes to reach the prestigious plot of land in Mahe.
The famous (carnivorous) Pitcher Plant, a bush full of it, may also be seen on this top.
Coming back out of the forest is not that difficult either; a regular walker can be back at the starting point in 30 minutes and the rest in about 40 minutes.
Seychelles Tourist Police personnel (two) were also found in the area, who mentioned having been reported odd incidents in this secluded area.

Visited November 2012
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