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scenes from Dominica hike fest 2010

Hike Fest in May, a series of events for hikers and outdoors fanatics from around the world can come discover why Dominica is referred to as the “Nature Island” of the Caribbean

Hikefest is also part of Dominica’s Tourism Awareness Month, organized by Discover Dominica Authority, Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association and the Ministry of Tourism.

This year’s festival highlights the upcoming Waitukubuli National Trail, which upon completion will be the first walking trail to traverse the entire Caribbean island.

What a better way to start Hikefest 2010 than with a moderate hike through the Carib Territory – Salybia to Pagua Bay. A distance of 15km.

This gentle hike offers an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of Carib culture and history by taking ancient trail. Some of the attractions along the way include, Carib Territory, Kalinago Barana Aute (Carib Model Village) and Horseback Ridge.

photo of Carib house in Dominica

There are also numerous breathtaking views, and intriguing Kalinago Myths throughout this varied terrain. Our Kalinago guide Prosper Paris was very knowledgeable, which added a bit of authenticity and humor.

collage with images of Dominica east coast

The hike lasted about four hours, afterwards we spent the rest of the afternoon at the Royal Hatton in the elegant and historic Silks Luxury Hotel, where they served up delicious lunches and cold Kubuli beers. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.

Beautiful hike, wonderful people, nice sunny (a bit humid at times) day. Just couldn’t be better.

Here are some the highlight scenes from Hikefest 2010, Hike #1 – Waitukubuli National Trail Segment 6: The Carib Territory, Salybia to Pagua Bay. passing along the old Carib Trails. Enjoy!

Beautiful Beach on Dominica island

photo of Pagau Bay in Dominica


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Comment by Dan
2010-05-03 16:14:11

What makes Kalingo beliefs “myths”? They seem as sensible to me as the Christian myths.

Comment by Chris
2010-05-04 04:25:17

Good point Dan…but all-in-all this hike was one of the best hikes I’ve been to for awhile. The only downside, my wife couldn’t been there to enjoy it with me… 😳

Comment by Celia
2010-05-03 21:58:32

Great photos Chris, it was a really nice hike.

Comment by Chris
2010-05-04 04:24:01

Thanks Celia… I couldn’t agree with you more. It was truly a great hike – Pagau Bay is off the hook:):):)

Comment by elizabeth xavier
2010-05-05 14:40:02

Kalingo myrths, or what is described as ‘Christian myrths’ are both insights of the human mind. People live by their own ideas, because they do not understand the ideas of God’s plan for Life. That is what makes those ideas myrths. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Just because someone decided to name those ideas ‘Christian myrths’ does not make it the idea of God. There are millions of people in this world who call themselves ‘Christians’ but they know nothing about God and His ways, by the guidance of His Holy Spirit. What is unfortunate about this, is that it provokes nonbelievers to continue to remain reserved, not wanting to open up their minds to the Truth, which is of God alone.

Myrths or no myrths, the sceneries are breath taking. And all it makes me think about is that God manifest His Love in all that He created, and that Truth is in all the sceneries of my homeland, Dominica.

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