The hike is undoubtedly the best way to discover the natural environment of Guadeloupe. The National Park develops and maintains a network of approximately 300km of trails in the heart of the forest and along the coast of Grand Cul-de-Sac Marine.
Remember that in the wild you must keep great caution and vigilance at all times, especially as Guadeloupe is subject to natural hazards and those related to hiking in a tropical environment like,
– the weather evolves very quickly, and sudden and violent rain may occur
– rivers can experience very fast floods at many crossings
– holiday periods often correspond with the winter rainy season
– night falls early between 5:30 pm in December and 7:00 pm in June
– dusk does not last more than 30 minutes
Adopting a responsible behavior is essential so that the hike remains a pleasure
The “traces” is the name given to the forest hike trails in Guadeloupe) and were created for some strategic purposes in the late eighteenth century like the trace Delgrès. Local people made others to move on the island between domains for example. Many of them are attached to the history of Guadeloupe; they are part of the local cultural heritage.
They cross the massif most often along the ridges, thus avoiding the devastating floods of rivers that descend from the mountain. The hikes allow to discover all the richness of the tropical rainforest flora and savannahs of unique altitudes in the Lesser Antilles.
Close to the most popular tourist sites there are walking and hiking routes that are accessible to all. Some are or will soon be adapted for use by people with reduced mobility. The second fall of the Carbet, the Pas du Roy, the traces of the House of the Forest offer to the greatest number of people a unique discovery of the tropical rainforest.
Hikers can climb to the top of the Soufriere volcano, to the first fall of Carbet or the flanks of one of the two sides. Choose a period of good weather because the tropical rains quickly transform the tracks in sticky mude and the calm rivers into dangerous torrents. You can discover the coastline of the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marine towards Pointe Allègre or the Mangrove of Port-Louis.
Finally, the most athletic will seek the services of a local guide to discover the deepest gullies and valleys in the forest, the spectacular water falls of rivers, the hot springs of the volcano or the secret islands of Grand Cul-de-Sac marine.
On each of these routes, the National Park carries out the work and maintains signs that allow everyone to discover the trail at their own pace, the natural heritage of Guadeloupe. But each visitor must remain cautious; nature, especially when we do not know it, remains dangerous for man. Rock slides, landslides, torrential floods … are frequent weather phenomena in the tropics and more so on a volcanic island whose soils are not stabilized. It is up to everyone to behave responsibly to ensure a happy discovery of the Guadeloupean nature.