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“Waterfalls, hiking trails, and rain forest for your enjoyment.”

Guadeloupe National Park
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Basse-Terre
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Georgia
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530 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 435 helpful votes
“Waterfalls, hiking trails, and rain forest for your enjoyment.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

We went beyond the main road through the park to enjoy waterfalls off the beaten path, and there is plenty of exercise to be had in that effort. There is a small sort of zoo on the main route through the park, which we do not recommend unless you have never seen caged animals inside a rain forest, and enjoy that sort of thing. Bring along a swimsuit and take advantage of the pools at the base of the waterfalls, as we did!

Visited February 2014
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Enfield, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
43 attraction reviews
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“A taste of the Tropics”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

Went on a cruise ship excursion and really enjoyed it. It was a bit different to trips on the other Islands in that it showed you the interior. Was a bit worried about the walk to the waterfall Cascade aux Ecrevisses but it was on an even paved path and an easy walk from the car park. True to its name it poured with rain but it was all part of the experience. There were plenty of sign posted walks for those who had longer.

Visited January 2014
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Plymouth
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173 reviews
93 attraction reviews
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“A little piece of the tropics in France”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

The National Park in Basse-Terre is certainly one of the highlights in a visit to Guadeloupe. The island is a part of France being a Dom, departement outre-mer (overseas departement) and has all the vestiges of France that you would expect to find on the European mainland plus a rainforest which is a protected National Park!
This park is not large but what it lacks in size it makes up in variety. the best way to experience this park is to walk some of the many walking trails, but most of them require good suitable footwear,water and proper preparation. Walking these trails will give you a true picture of this small but varied National Park. You will pass all manner of vegetation, lianas abound together with various types of epiphytes
An exception to the requirements for good footwear etc. is the walk to the Cascade aux Ecrevisses, the Crayfish waterfall. Here you have a wheel chair friendly paved path which gently takes you into the rainforest with informative information panels on the way (some in Brail). Its only a short walk but it is very informative and is ideal for those with mobility problems. At the end of the path way is a nice waterfall with a pool in which you can take a dip.

Visited January 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“rainforest basseterre island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

Basse-terre is the mountainous part of Guadeloupe and is comparable to Dominica:volcanic mountains covered with rainforest.
The streams with large boulders invite swimmers and there are many Heliciconia and Philodendron plants.
Very few mammals:therefore the raccoon is the park,s emblem.
At the grande anse beach in the n-w there is golden sand, nearby the bbc detective muder in paradise was filmed(deshaies village)
As I have been to Martinique as well I found the forest in Guadeloupe larger but those of Martinique easier to reach because the forest are closer to resorts.

Grande-terre is the part of Guadeloupe were most of the resorts are.
Grande- terre is comparable to Barbados or Saint Martin:more beaches and hills and plains with sugarcane,more tourism on it,s southern shore were there is decent snorkeling.

Visited February 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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105 reviews
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“Rain Forest in the Carribean”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

Beautiful tracks to investigate, well indicated, but which will give you an idea of what can be a real jungle: this one is somehow domestivcated, as you will not find snakes or any other predators. Mosquitoes sometimes, but it just adds to exotism ...Worth spending some time there.

Visited October 2013
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