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Hikefest 2011: Soufriere Estate to Bellevue Chopin

This year’s Hike Fest started with a Moderate hike (10.8km) from the beautiful village of Soufriere to Bellevue Chopin; which showcases segment two of the Waitukubuli National Trail.

The Soufriere Estate to Bellevue Chopin trail highlights an old slave route, old estates and historic buildings reminds us of Dominica’s history of a plantation society and the era of colonization

Some of the areas of interest on this trail are: Old slave route, Sulphur springs, Traditional living, Palmiste Ridge (optional), Livestock & small agricultural farming, Charcoal production and Historic buildings (Palmiste to Bois Cotlette Route)

Despite the rainy conditions all throughout the hike, it was a beautiful trail, and I will definitely walk the trail again. Here are some few pictures that I was able to take without getting my camera wet….enjoy!

Image from segment two of the Waitukubuli trail

Hikers in Dominica's Waitukubuli Trail

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Discover Dominica Authority and the Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association recently announced the schedule for 4th Annual Hike Fest. Part of Dominica’s Tourism Awareness Month, Hike Fest celebrates the Nature Island’s best hiking venues.

Hike Fest 2011 will highlight segments of the island’s Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT).

Dominica is the only Caribbean destination with a walking trail that extends the length of the island. The 115-mile long Waitukubuli National Trail is divided into 14 continuous segments.

The trail traverses the island, leading visitors into the heart of local communities, while passing by mountainous landscapes, through rainforests and past rivers and waterfalls.

Image from Dominica's hike fest 2010

This year’s Hike Fest includes:

May 7 (Hike 1) Waitukubuli National Trail – Segment 2:

This 5.5-hour hike will take participants from the sulphur springs at Soufriere Estate to Bellevue Chopin, a small community located at the foot of Morne Canotte and Morne Anglais. Areas of interest along Segment 2 are sulphur springs, old slave route and historic buildings.

May 14 (Hike #2) Waitukubuli National Trail – Segment 3:

This is a 5-hour hike from Bellevue Chopin to Wotten Waven, a village in Dominica’s Roseau Valley. Areas of interest along the trail include sulphur springs, rivers, farms, flower gardens, Trafalgar Falls and views of the capital city of Roseau.

May 21(Hike #3) Waitukubuli National Trail – Segment 4:

Ideal for nature lovers, the final segment for Hike Fest 2011 is a 5-hour hike that takes participants from the farmland of Wotten Waven village to the town of Pont Casse, located in central Dominica. Areas of interest along this segment include views of several mountains and many of the island’s attractions such as: Boiling Lake, sulphur springs, Freshwater Lake, Middleham Falls, Stinking Hole, Trafalgar Falls and Boeri Lake.

All hikes are moderate in difficulty. This year, Hike #1 and #3 will be divided into two levels of expertise: hikers and walkers. The entry fee is $15 USD for one hike and $40 USD for all three. The fee includes trail guide, transportation, refreshments, bandana and souvenir t-shirt.

To learn more about hiking and other adventure activities in Dominica, visit http://www.dhta.org/news-a-events/hike-fest or http://www.dominica.dm/site/Hiking.cfm.

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