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Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park can be described as a Luxuriant natural tropical forest in harmony with volcanic features of high scenic appeal and scientific interest.

The park is also known for its diverse flora with endemic species of vascular plants, its volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls, illustrating ongoing geo-morphological processes with high scenic value.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park was also the first designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Caribbean in 1997.

It was also the first of the islands’ National Parks to be legally established, in July of 1975, by an act of parliament.The Park is 13.4 km long by an average of 5 km across and covers the southern end of the mountain backbone of the island.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park was named after its highest point – a 1,437m volcanic stub, includes large tracts of the most extensive undisturbed tropical forest in the Lesser Antilles and the headwaters of most of the major streams and rivers of southern part of Dominica.

Dominica River

Its range of five volcanoes contains a rare combination of precipitous slopes and deeply incised valleys, the richest biodiversity in the Lesser Antilles with freshwater lakes, 50 fumaroles, hot springs, a boiling lake, and spectacular scenery.

Dominica vegetation

Other outstanding features of the site include the Emerald Pool fed by the Middleham Falls, Stinking Hole, a lava tube in the middle of the forest; The Boiling Lake, a 200-foot-wide flooded fumarole with grey-blue water that bubbles; Titou Gorge, a small waterfall located in a water-filled Gorge near the boiling lake, and the Freshwater and Boeri Lakes, separated by Morne Macaque.

Dominica's Boiling Lake

Morne Trois Pitons National Park is by no doubt, one the most highly scenic tracts of undisturbed tropical forest in the Lesser Antilles. Its no wonder Tourist numbers are increasing every year. Approximately 10,000-15,000 visitors a year walk to the Emerald Pool, and another 2000 make the 6 km hike to the Boiling Lake from Laudat village.

Morne Trois Pitons Trail

Come explore Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and you will discover a number of ancient trails or footpaths, cross the Park roughly east-west between mountains or north-south along ridges. Some of which were used in the recent past before roads to the east were completed in 1960 for access to Roseau and by hunters. Now used for sightseeing such as to the Valley of Desolation, for trekking, cycling and riding. Canyoning and much more.

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6 Comments »

Comment by Dan
2010-04-14 10:27:46

It’s impossible to choose a favorite Dominica attraction. They’re all so grand.

 
Comment by elizabeth xavier Subscribed to comments via email
2010-04-17 03:55:22

Dan, I agree with you more than a 100%

It is almost shameful, that the love of money, pride, arrogance, and greed, is causing a lot of us to turn a blind eye and closed mind to such vibrant Natural Life, as what we have in Dominica.

Comment by Veselo
2010-04-17 22:31:16

I think, Dominicans is much lighter people than you see them – many of them just do not have a chance to compare with other destinations. I mean: if you was born in paradise, how do you know that it is – if you didn’t see worse places? If they had experienced once for month how to be without heat when it is minus 30 C outside or did take a Russian bus – probably they will never complain about Dominica or Dominicans again :) But I can be wrong, because it is a nature of people to get accustomed to things. Sometimes, I start to miss my homeland and complain about paradise too, but luckily at that time my memory helps me to remember what I had experienced in other places.

Chris wrote good about that: http://www.dominica-weekly.com/ramblings/what%e2%80%99s-wrong-with-dominica-not-a-damn-thing/

 
 
Comment by elizabeth xavier Subscribed to comments via email
2010-04-19 22:51:31

The details of this comment is a bit confusing as it theme runs back and forth, and from in and out. However the first line seems to have referred to my comment, as it says: “Dominicans are much lighter than you see them.”

I never suggested that Dominicans were heavy (just using the opposite of your word, light) whatever you are talking about. I am really not sure. But since mentioned Chris’ article, and having read part of it, I understood that he was concerned about negative comments about Dominica or perhaps Dominicans.

I just want to let you know that I am Dominican, I love my homeland and its people, and I have no negative comment about her and us. But we cannot ignore the fact, that in every society there will exist a few, and sometimes too many, with attitude and conducts problems that bars the awareness of gifts that is free and precious.

My comment is a message to get fellow Dominicans to wake up and become aware of the precious gifts that we have; which money, pride, arrogance, and fame, cannot buy; but which is free to all of us. And or course, no one can take it away from us.

Also, Dominicans should realize that they are established at a perfect distination. In a way, I am sorry that I have missed 36 years of Life in Dominica. And even though I am planning to return home, I still need to spend a few more years away, before my plans can be fulfilled. My situation may be God’s plan as well. And if so, I can only hope that this plan has a contribution from me to Dominica and fellow Dominicans.

I hope that I have said enough to assure you that I have nothing heavy in my heart against Dominica, my homeland, and her people, who are my people.

 
Comment by gudy
2010-05-20 19:11:36

wow Dominica is such a country of fame and natural sites so fascinating i like it ;omg

 
Comment by angel
2012-02-01 18:46:29

thank god for Dominica . it is a blessed county so say thnk god .i am going to visit there soon.

 
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