Visit The Beautiful Waterfalls Of Carbet
The Falls of the Grand Carbet River are among the most impressive waterfalls in the Lesser Antilles. This river probably owes its name to the Amerindian village, made of carbets which are large open huts used as shelters which was installed not far from its mouth.
The Grand Carbet River has its source in the eastern flank of Soufrière. Its Sulphur infested waters run clear after the three water falls to then empty themselves in the sea, on the Atlantic facing side of the island, 11 km below. It is said that Christopher Columbus, when he landed in Guadeloupe in November 1493, saw the first two falls from the shore of Capesterre Belle-Eau.
The first 2 falls are in two stages and a free fall of 115 meters. A 3-hour hike from the parking lot.The second waterfall of 110 meters is the best known and is about a 45-minute hike from the parking lot. The third water fall ends at a height of about 20 meters in a beautiful circular pool. It is especially impressive by its enormous volume of water.
There Are Two Trails
By Capesterre Belle-Eau (Routhiers), 1 hour 30 minutes hike and by the second water fall which is a 5-hour hike. This fall is located outside the heart of the National Park.
Very important to remember that the fall zone of the carbet is subject to frequent landslides. For security reasons, it is sometimes forbidden to access the foot of the falls.
It should be noted that access to the area around the third carbet fall has been prohibited by the municipality since 2008 following a landslide next to the water fall. The last section of the track is PROHIBITED.
The Grand-Etang Small Discovery Trail
The path that borders the Grand-Étang offers the visitor the opportunity to discover the main characteristics of the dense forest in a unique landscape in Guadeloupe. Easy to access, safe, without difficulties, except for some passages that can be slippery, this course is a good family walk. Duration is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. This route is the starting point of the trail of Ponds to Gourbeyre about a 4 hour hike.
Parking supervision provided by park agents and is free. Toilettes are available.
The access to the path of the second water fall is completely renovated and is accessible to people with reduced mobility. Financial participation requested at the reception of the second water fall.
The rates are as follows
Adult € 2.20
Child € 1.00
Family of 4 € 1.10 / person
Group: from 8 persons 1,50 € / person
Access card of one year 5,00 € / person
10 kilometers from the national road by the D4