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“Deep in the rainforest”
Review of En Bas Saut Trail

En Bas Saut Trail
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St Lucia Rainforest Hiking Tour
Ranked #55 of 180 things to do in St. Lucia
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Owner description: A hiking trail winding along a number of scenic waterfalls.
Reviewed 10 March 2013

We wanted to experience the rainforest by doing a long walk. We drove up to Fond St Jaques and then just kept driving (jeep necessary!). Eventually we passed a group of men and one asked if we needed a guide. He was very friendly and we agreed. He took us first up to a viewpoint of the Pitons and then down to the waterfall. It was a very long walk down the 2000ish steps. Total walk time 2 and half hours.Throughout the walk he was teaching us about local plants, trees and local life. We learnt so much about life in St Lucia. He then took us back up a different route. It was amazing and we loved the fact that no-one else was there. We had to put trust in our guide, but it turned out well. We gave him about $70 EC, a little above the going rate, but he was so great. He also did the whole walk in bare feet! Always agree a price beforehand. It is a demanding walk due to the challenge of the number of steps, so you would need to be fit to do this.

5  Thank LInda B
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

We were in Soufriere and really wanted to see the rainforest and learn about it. We called the Forestry Department and got the name of a guide. Pamela Alfred (715-5264) was the best! We picked her up in Soufriere and she directed us to the start of the trail. (This is a rough drive - rocky, deep potholes. Four wheel drive and good clearance is necessary. Hire a driver if you are unsure.)

Pamela has been with the Forestry Dept. for 17 years and has tremendous knowledge of the forest. We loved learning about the different plants and animals. She is very nice and willing to go at any pace. I would not want to do this hike without a guide. It is so much more interesting learning about what you are passing in the forest. Plus, Pamela spotted birds and animals we would not have seen on our own. Pamela told us it was $10 per person which is the entry fee to the forest. She gets none of this. She was well worth the $70 tip we gave her for 3 of us. We highly recommend her!!!

The trail starts going down. You go down about 1000 feet in elevation and back up. It's about 1.9 miles with 2,467 steps. We are in average shape and did not have a problem going at a steady pace. The waterfall is beautiful and no one was there when we arrived (very different than the other crowded falls in the area). In fact we only saw one other group on the trail and one getting started as we finished.

Call Pamela and check this out!

4  Thank CarTripQueen
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

To get to the walk take the road up through Fond Saint Jacque and onto Migny. After Migny the road is unpaved, if you have a 4x4 then it is OK but there would be clearance problems on a saloon on some of the rougher stretches. If you do not have a suitable vehicle you could park here as the rest of the drivable track is 2 kms long so about 30-40 mins walk. Follow the road up as it curves around the hillside, towards the top a road turns off to the left, ignore this and follow the road swinging to the right, after a few hundred meters you reach some concrete steps on your right. Park here as the road ends here and becomes a path. Follow the path for about 600 meters and you reach the shelter and toilets complete with a welcoming sign and probably a ranger asking you to pay (which you should). The path to the waterfall drops just to the left behind the shelter. It is then a fairly easy 1000 meters up and down (mainly down) walk on a stepped path to the river, you cross the river, follow the path left and come back across the river in a few meters. The path then goes down to the left of the waterfall and is a series of simple concrete steps with wooden handrails. You can bathe under the waterfall in the shallow sandy pool at its bottom. It took us about 40 minutes to walk back from here to our jeep. There are more paths to explore if you have time.

3  Thank davetip
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Reviewed 25 February 2010

This is a beautiful trail through the rain forest to a waterfall and pool. This well-maintained trail is all down hill on the way in and consists mostly of steps built into the hillside. In the dry season (February) footing was quite secure but I imagine it could be slippery when wet. The way out is all up hill and again almost all steps built into the hillside. If you are an experienced hiker in good condition it will not seem particularly strneuous. A trail fee of $10 US is required and the man collecting may not have any official identification or uniform other than his receipt book.

WARNING! A local trail guide tried to extort us for a $200 US fee for guiding us to the waterfall. It is not clear whether or not a guide is actually required but one was to be included in the tour package we arranged for the trip to the waterfall. When you arrange for your hike, be sure you clarify if a trail guide is included in the price quoted. Before you start your actual hike, be sure that you and your guide are quite clear about whether or not he and you are expecting any additional payment.

The trail head is difficult to find and up a rather rough road which would be no problem for a four wheel drive vehicle. Our group went with a taxi driver arranged by our hotel and his rear wheel drive vehicle made it up okay if a bit slowly. If you are used to driving rough gravel mountain roads it should be no problem for you during the dry season. I would be more concerned during the rainy season with the possibility of mud.

To get to the trailhead, you go to Soufriere and turn left and head up to a small village where you again turn left and continue out of the village and up to where the road turns quite rocky and is deeply rutted in places. The best of this section of the road is a couple of places where they have laid cement tracks to drive on. A final right hand turn takes you onto a smoother gravel road to the actual trail head. When you hike out you will actually come up a bit of a walk down this road from where you started your hike. Sorry I can't be more specific - I forgot to bring my GPS on the trip.

When you get to the waterfall if you want to swim or wade in the pool at its base you might want to bring along some shoes you don't mind getting wet as the access to the pool is rocky. The water is cool and quite refreshing if you are hot. Enjoy!

9  Thank JSB_10
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