Saturday Video: Hiking the Waitukubuli Trail in Dominica
I wasn’t kidding when I wrote recently that Dominica is at the top of our wish list of destinations to visit next year. Today makes three Saturdays in a row that we’ve featured some aspect of the fabulous ecotourism adventure options available in the Nature Island in this spot, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we have even more to say about it in the coming weeks. There are just so many amazing things to see and do here, all of it decidedly uncommon.
Today’s video introduces the newest way to enjoy Dominica’s natural riches: the Waitukubuli National Trail.
A trans-island route running the entire south-north length of the island, the trail covers a total of 115 miles (184 km) in 14 segments. The trail itself is new (the first two sections were only just completed this past August), but the paths that comprise it date back hundreds of years to a time when Carib Indians were the only ones trekking through Dominica’s lush rainforests. Later, the same paths connected the island’s sugar plantations. Waitukubuli combines all of these formerly disparate trails into one singularly amazing hiking experience.
Once all 14 sections are completed, it’s estimated that the whole 115-mile trek will take between 10 and 14 days to traverse…assuming you stick to the route. Truth is, there are so many things to divert your attention, it could easily take twice as long.
Along the way you’ll pass off-shoots that lead to such natural wonders as Boiling Lake and the Trafalgar Waterfalls. The sweeping mountain views, natural swimming pools and unique tropical wildlife will make you want to stop and soak it all in as well. Truly, this is as up-close and personal an interaction with Mother Nature as can be found anywhere.
Hope to see you on the trail in 2011!