Exploration of Aripo Oilbird Cave on Sat 4th Feb & Angel Falls Trinidad Sun 12 Feb
During the month of February the Aripo Forest becomes brightly decorated with the fiery orange blossom of the mountain immortelles ( Erythrina poeppigiana ). These trees were originally planted to provide shade for the cocoa and it is believed when the immortelle bloom it signifies the start of the dry season.
Located in the Heights of Aripo the jurassic rocks which is made up of recrystallized limestone have formed several caves, the two most popular are Soho cave and Aripo Cave.Dwelling inside the caves are large colonies of Guacharo oilbirds and bats.
The hike to Aripo Cave starts at the end of the road, situated about a mile past the village where a large christophene plantation is located .The uphill trek can be describe as moderately challenging and will take two hours through intricate forest.The terrain is hilly with a few valleys and streams to cross and the vegetation consist of montane and seasonal forest.The descend to the cave is surrounded by huge boulders and at the corridor visitors are greeted to the noisy sound of the oilbirds.The entrance can be explored with a flashlight but penetrating deeper requires proper caving equipment.The return journey is mainly downhill and will take about and hour and fifteen minutes.
On Saturday 4th February'12 Fitness Walkers explore Aripo Cave for details contact Marcia 490-2421 or Islandhikers.com.
Assembly :7.00am Corner of O'meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway Arima.
Rating :6 moderately challenging
Hiking time : 1 1/2 - 2 hours
Recommendation : Bring along a torch light
For details contact Mario 7492956 490-2421 or Islandhikers.com.