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Saturday Video: Hiking the Waitukubuli Trail in Dominica

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!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=596273218 Sondra Latouche

    The Nature Isle of the Caribbean! I love my island. Filled with wonderful, exotic and beautiful sites. Nature here is fun with all the trails with its waterfalls, rivers and any other beautiful thing you may come across. For the love of this gem, My Country, DOMINICA!

  • Nikonjunkie90

    I can’t wait!!! I was there this past may and saw them working on it, I could’nt contain myself then! I want to do this hike so bad im going to plan a trip all the way from South Carolina,usa just for this hike!!!! seperate trips to Dominica this year already in the works!!! I LOVE Dominica!!!!

  • Lanigrunow

    We just visited Dominica and fell in love with all the outdoor, natural activity! We saw a sign for this trail and definitely want to go back to hike some of the sections. (probably can’t take 2 weeks off work to do the whole thing!). Can you tell me more about camping/accommodations along the trail? Thanks for the info.
    Lani

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=734505619 Steve Bennett

      Hey Lani, thanks for your comment. We’re still gathering details in advance of a proposed trip to Dominica to tackle at least some portion of the trail in 2011. As we learn more about accommodations and camping, we’ll be sure to let you know.

      Cheers!

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  • http://twitter.com/anubian80 Nichelle Calhoun

    Yes, Dominica is at the top of my list. 

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