Tuesday, April 21, 2009
SALTIBUS WATERFALL, CHOISUEL, ST. LUCIA
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, AVERAGE of 1 to 5: 2
The Saltibus Waterfall hike is located in the hill top community of Saltibus, Choiseul. It is a series of waterfalls, four in total with an average height of 25 feet and the largest around 40. If you walk from central Saltibus it takes about 20 minutes to get to the trail. From this trail you must hike through a beautiful forest for about 30-40 minutes. The walk is easy if the trail is dry, it is not recommended to do this hike shortly after a heavy rain. The trail will be dangerous and the water muddy. At the end of the trail there is a short section where it is very steep and you must climb down to get to the waterfall.
Wear Chaco’s or other suitable hiking shoes. Take the public bus to the top of Saltibus, then turn left and walk along the road until it turns into a trail. Stay straight and you can’t miss the massive waterfalls. All the locals can tell you how to get there. Be careful on the rocks as they are very wet and slippery. Bring insect repellant as there are mosquitoes. The water is very cold because it comes from the ground so be prepared!
PEACE CORPS PROCEDURE:
-ALWAYS hike with at least one partner, preferably two.
TAMERON EATON, EC76
This is a beautiful and relatively easy hike to four big waterfalls. If it has rained recently the water really flows. One of the best waterfalls I have
seen in St. Lucia and it’s free, so what’s better than that?
AARON DOLL, EC76
Beautiful hike with fruit trees along the way, so you can “borrow” some grapefruits. The switchbacks are a pain if it has rained. We hiked the trail when it was a sloppy mess. Not fun, but a great reward. There are some amazing trees along the way. Also, if you take the bus from Vieux Fort and pay the bus driver a little extra, he will take you a lot closer to the trail head. It is a great free hike and you get to see a quaint rural village along the way.