The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association, together with Discover Dominica will host its 3rd annual Hike Fest in May. The event celebrates the islandâ€™s best hiking and attracts hiking enthusiasts from around the world.
This years Hike Fest will highlight the upcoming Waitukubuli National Trail, which will be the only long distance walking trail in the Caribbean. Divided into 14 sections, the Trail runs from the north to the south of the island, covering approximately 185km. Hiking enthusiasts, who are up to the challenge can attempt to complete one section each day,and would take two weeks to complete the entire trail.
Hike Festâ€™s first hike will take place on May 1, 2010 and will be from Salybia to Pagua Bay in the north east of Dominica. Other festival hike trails will include Soufriere, Scotts Head, Cabrits National Park and Capuchin. Open to hikers of all ages and abilities, these trails vary in levels of difficulty for the novice to experienced hikers.
Hikes cost EC$40 each or EC$90 for all three hikes. Included in the price for each hike is transportation , t-shirt, tea and experienced guides.
I’ve read that 11 of the trail’s 14 sections wouldn’t be completed until 2011 and only then if funding is provided. And what about maintenance, which remains unfunded? Well-marked, well-maintained trails are far more important than guides.
I agree with Dan. The last thing Dominica needs is a news broadcast saying that someone is suing us for injury or death from using our hiking trails. So let us make sure that precaution is being to taken to maintain and keep our trails safe before we invite people to use them.