Guadeloupe National Park Hikes
|Guadeloupe is probably the best Caribbean island for overnight hikes
Guadeloupe National Park Hikes & Hiking
You can hike 180 miles of hiking trails in the 74,100-acre Guadeloupe National Park (Parc National de la Guadeloupe). One of the Caribbean's most visually lush parks, it offers several impressive waterfall hikes. Guadeloupe National Park, unfortunately, has unusually limited hours, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays only.
Contact the Organisation des Guides de Montagne le la Caraibe, Maison Forestiere , 97120 Matouba; tel. 0590/94-29-11. They are familiar with all the best hikes inside the national park. Through them, you may be able to arrange day hikes or treks of a week or more.
Having a guide describe the terrain and vegetation on the La Soufriere climb made all the difference between knowing and guessing about what we were seeing.
Campsites are available (as are small bungalows) off the beach at Sable d'Or near Deshaies in Basse-Terre; tel. 28-44-60; Camping Traversee near Mahaut on Basse-Terre; and the Guadeloupe Hotel at Saint-Francois, also offering complete camping facilities.
Fully equipped campers sleeping up to six can be rented from Vert'Bleu in Deshaies, Basse-Terre; 0590/28-51-25. Or check with the local park service office or police about other sites that might look interesting to you. Be aware commercial campgrounds sometimes are so crowded tents are up against each other.
Hiking Difficulty Ratings Explained
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