The largest and most mystical River on the northeastern coast is the Salybia River. It source flows from one of the most remote areas of the Northern Range an area referred to as Mars. It exits into the sea at the popular bathing spot known as Salybia or Saline Bay. The famous Rio Seco River with its vast volume of water that comes from the falls is a small tributary of the larger Salybia River. Approximately 1.5 km before it reaches the sea, there is a confluence of the Rio Seco and the Salybia. This area is a lovely spot to refresh oneself, and the river is like a eco-rich lagoon.
Since there are few paths to access the river, the Salybia with its beautiful pools and gorges remains unknown and preserved. Further upstream, there is an escarpment where located in its course a series of cascades and basins. There is the belief that the Kalinago Carib Indians had a settlement in the area, and they referred to the forest as “Guaro” and the seacoast as ” Oropouche”. The Amerindian name for Trinidad was “Chaleibe”.
The exploration of the river begins at Pierre Trace in Salybia and the walk to the basins will take thirty minutes. The trail, which leads to the conflux, has gentle inclines and is through some dense Mora Forest. On the return, there is the option to float down the river to the Salybia Bridge or hike back via the same route. Note that lifejackets provided to all participants but if you have one bring it along.
On Sunday, 4th October 2015 Island Hikers explore the Salybia Basins.
Assembly 7.00 am Corner of O’meara Road and Churchill Roosevelt Highway Arima. (Next to FT Farfan)
Rating: 3 fair
Hiking time to river 30 minutes
Return: Swimming downstream optional and can take 1 hour
The hike is suitable for Children seven years and up.
Cost $50.00 adults
For details call Mario 749-2956, Marcia 490-2421, Jamal 761-1889 or www islandhikers.com.