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Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.

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Trinidad Eco/Adventure FAM Trip
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2004 Shandy Carib International Surfing Classic & Adventure Festival

Paria Springs Eco-Community and TIDCO invite tour operators and media to experience Trinidad’s Eco/Adventure offerings first-hand at the upcoming FAM/Media Trip in Trinidad between October 27 and November 3, 2004, throughout the island. Events begin on Wednesday, 27 October, which is when we recommend that people arrive in Port of Spain. CLICK HERE for a more specific itinerary.

Wednesday, 27th October: ARRIVAL
Arrive in Trinidad’s Piarco Airport (airport code: POS), where you will be met by TIDCO and Paria Springs’ representatives and transfer to Carnetta’s Inn.

Thursday, 28th October: Meet the Industry Sponsors; Rainforests, Waterfalls & Kayaking
After breakfast, head north to Trinidad’s spectacular North Coast. Our adventure begins in the rainforests of the dramatic Northern Range, where we’ll hike over some short hills and see and experience the rainforest and its wildlife. Our walk ends at a gorgeous 70-foot waterfall, where you’ll take a revitalizing swim in the small pool at the base of the falls. After the waterfall, we’ll board either single or double kayaks at the mouth of the Marianne River and the Caribbean Sea, and glide into the river system. We’ll stay in the unique Pena Blanc, which has a roll-off roof, and eat an absolutely delicious local meal prepared by local Carib Amerindians. Topping off the local dinner is entertainment by a local Parang and Calypso group (Parang is a traditional form of lively music with Spanish roots, and Trinidad is the birth place of Calypso).

Friday, 29th October: Red Howler Monkeys & Transfer To Grande Riverre:
After an early start, we head off to see the amazing red howler monkeys in the Bush Bush area of Nariva Swamp, driving through miles of Coconut Palm Trees along the east coast. Hiking along a flat trail into Bush Bush one can access the monkey viewing area, where will spend about 5 hours. Getting good views of Howlers may also mean going off the main trail, tracking them by following their call. We also will be looking for the much smaller and secretive White-fronted Capuchins, birds like the Black-crested Antshrike and Macaws, or butterflies like the Blue Emperor Morpho. A local family will host and serve a fabulous curry lunch, after which we head off to Galera Point, where the Atlantic Ocean crashes into the Caribbean Ocean, then ease over to Grande Riverre, where we check into Le Grande Almandier and take a swim in the ocean.

Saturday, 30th October: Optional Tour, Relax, or Adventure Race & Adventure Festival:
On this day you have the option of being taken out on a tour in the area to waterfalls, or sightseeing or just to relax on the beach. In the afternoon there will be a short adventure race that you may join if you wish. Also you will want to spend some time at the Adventure Festival.

Sunday, 31st October: Optional Tour, Relax, or Mountain Bike Race & Adventure Festival:
Today there will be several mountain bike races that you may join if you wish. Also you will be spending some time at the Adventure Festival to see the International Surfing and various adventure competitions.

Monday, 1st November: Grande Riverre River Gorge:
Our day of adventure is spent in the Grande Riverre River, where you choose the type of adventure you want to take. We start walking up the river through agricultural lands and into rainforest. Here amazing butterflies, toucans, lush trees and nature welcome you. Enter the refreshing waters of the Grande River and float, hike and swim your way to the beach and back to Le Grande. If you are fit and want a tougher adventure, we then hike for more than 2 hours through the forest where we enter a small gorge, climbing over waterfalls pool to pool. Then we return via the river where we climb over massive boulders, jump off waterfalls, swim long pools navigating down the river for about four hours before returning to Le Grande Almandier.

Tuesday, 2nd November: Tamana Hill & Cave:
After packing and breakfast, we head for Mount Tamana, which lies on the eastern edge of the Central Range, south of Sangre Grande. These ancient reefs have been carved with intricate cave systems that are now home to geckos and other critters, as well as millions of bats! If we arrive early, we’ll head up to the summit where wonderful views of the Northern and Southern Ranges may be seen. At the cave we can enter and do some exploring as thousands of bats fly around. The adventurous can wriggle through the small hole that connects the first chamber to the rest of the cave system and go exploring! We then wait at the cave entrance until the sun sets, which is when millions of bats depart the cave. Stand at the entrance as a “river” of bats stream past you, producing a unique and exhilarating experience. We will stay in Chateau Guillaumme.

Wednesday, 3rd November: Departure:
Return home via Piarco Airport in Port of Spain.

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