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Carbet Falls (Les Chutes du Carbet)
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Owner description: You know you need lots of vacation photos, so why not take them here? These three waterfalls showcase the natural beauty of the tropical landscape.
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Brushing up on basic French is suggested! Highly physical and what a great experience! An hour into the hike, I was so tired but I was determined to complete it and I did. Muddy, slippery, rocky, humid but it was so worth it, to see local flora and fauna unique to the island and similar to others with lots of springs to cool off. A 2 hours climb up and a cool bath under the fall, the views of the tiered falls and Basse-Terre is spectacular. Great time had by all! Highly suggested for a great workout and enjoying nature.

3  Thank TriniMocha
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

Unfortunately, our visit to the falls coincided with the Christmas holidays, and as such, we joined an incredibly large throng of people slowly making their way along a moisture-slick, slippery rock pathway.

The minimal signage that was available along the trail was either strictly in French, or offered very poorly-translated English.

Once at the waterfall, we had to wait in line for a quick glimpse, which, like another reviewer mentioned, featured a downed tree taking up a significant portion of the foreground in one's photographs.

3  Thank Keith-B-Robinson
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

This is three falls, but after an earthquake the public easy access is to one -- and even then it is not like it used to be. I recall this fall from 2004 as being lovely and pristine -- including a great swimming hole. It was a pain to get to but it was worth it.

Now, you take a long windy, slippery, steep road -- honestly it is miserable. Doable but miserable if you are in a small car -- you will question your sanity.

Then you have to pay to enter the park, and a mile or two hike up a slippery rock paved trail to ONE fall. And then your only legal view is blocked by a falling tree -- and no swiming. You can walk around lal the signs and such and then hike to the fall base but it is not all that safe.

Thank GLWH
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

There are 3 falls with different access points and the third one (3e chute) is closed and access to the other ones is a bit limited, all this due to a massive rock fall a few years ago. We understand that a renovation project is underway, but could take a few years. Having said that, the trip to the first fall (1ere chute) and second fall (2e chute) is worth it! From the Route Nationale N1 going through Saint-Sauveur, take D4 to Chutes (1ere & 2e) du Carbet. D4 is a windy road that narrows as it get closer to the site and can be a steep climb at times. Both trails to the falls start from the same point with parking and a small welcome desk that collects a small fee of 1.5 euros per person. You should have decent walking shoes, a full water bottle and clothes for a wet and humid environment. The trail to Fall 2 (110 meters high), which includes many steps up and down, is very nicely maintained and relatively easy. It takes about 30 minutes to the view point. From the platform, you can take a decent picture but have to include a tree partially blocking the view (see pic). Normally, it's forbidden to pass the barrier from this point, but many people do and hike up the stream stepping on rocks to get a better view and go for a swim in some of the small natural pools. We did not walk the trail to Fall 1 (115 meters high) but understand that it takes clearly over 1 hour. Overall, a fun time and good workout! We will return to hike the trail to Fall 1.

4  Thank RumRunner65
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Reviewed 21 November 2003

There are trails of different levels of difficulty. The easiest is practically paved and with wooden staircases. Driving to the location was more difficult than the hike. Main roads are excellent but when you leave them to take small roads into the Parc they get narrow, winding and very steep. At one point we were driving on two strips of flat rocks only to arrive at a large concrete-paved parking lot. The scenery, vegetation and waterfalls are beautiful.

14  Thank SZ
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