Rio Seco great for nature lovers

There is the option to climb the rocks and jump 15 feet into the sparkling clear water.

Rio Seco is a Spanish word that means Dry River, and it seems ironic that this prolific river with its never-ending supply of water is classified as dry.

However, in the river’s upper course where the bed consists of porous limestone, the water submerges and some parts are dry. Located beyond the falls on the mouth of one of its tributaries is a sulfur spring where deposits of yellow sulfur ooze from the rocks. Two kilometres before it reaches the sea there is a confluence and the Rio Seco flows into the larger Salybia River to exit at Saline Bay.

The walk to the falls will take on average 35 minutes and is along an easy wide-open path.

The trail is situated on top the river bank and shaded by the canopy of the rainforest. Numerous tree roots are spread diagonally across the footpath and there are two gentle streams to cross. Always at the entrance to the falls, the echoing call of the bellbird is heard distinctly throughout the forest.

Over the years, the Forestry Division and Ministry of Tourism recognising its potential as a major nature enthusiast attraction have fixed the muddy road and erected signs to make it accessible to visitors. The area is part of the Matura National Park an Environmentally Sensitive Area declared by the EMA in 2004. The declaration is a positive step in protecting the environment and prohibits hunting and forest destruction.

It is up to the citizens to protect their environment and preserve the beauty of the falls simply by carrying out their garbage.

Despite its magnificence, stepping six feet into the pool the water rises over one’s head.

Visitors when coming to bathe should be extremely cautious and exercise good judgment.

It is essential once bathing to bring along some safety or life-saving equipment. There is a request by hiking clubs for a sign to be erected showing the depth of the water and safety tips.

On Sunday, Island Hikers goes to the Rio-Seco Waterfall.

Assembly: 7 am at corner of O’Meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Arima.

Hiking time: 35 minutes Bring along an extra change of clothing and footwear Note: life jackets provided for those who wish to swim in the deep areas of the pool.

Security provided for vehicles Maxi transport to Rio-Seco can be provided .

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