- Explore Grand Etang National Park in Grenada on a moderate hike
- Learn about Grenada's native flora and fauna from your knowledgeable guide
- See mona monkeys, tree boas, armadillos, clumping bamboo and more as you walk through the lush rainforest
- Enjoy a refreshing swim in a natural pool
- Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
What You Can Expect
After pickup from your Grenada hotel, admire the gorgeous island scenery as you make your way to Grand Etang National Park by comfortable coach. Once you reach a small spice farm, hop off the bus and head out on St Margaret's Trail. Make your way through the lush tropical rainforest, while your guide highlights various spice plants, including nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.. Keep an eye out for native wildlife including mona monkeys, tree boas, tropical mockingbird, frogs and more.
As you ascend higher through the rainforest, hear the soft sounds of rushing water before arriving at two gorgeous waterfalls. The water flows into clear pools, creating a perfect place for a swim. Take a dip in the refreshing water and relax on the nearby rocks before making your way back to the Grand Etang National Park Nature Center, where you'll enjoy a complimentary drink before being transported back to your hotel.
Although we didn't see any rainforest animals on our tour, the flora was amazing and the waterfalls were as beautiful to behold as the pools were to swim in. Our guide, Tony, was knowledgeable about both the flora and fauna, as well as Grenadan history. He stopped frequently during our hike to point our specific flowers and trees, and on the drive to Grand Etang Park he stopped several times along the road to point out things we would have missed on our own, such as a rainbow eucalyptus tree, and to allow us to take photos of sites such as the harbor in St. George. The hike was not overly difficult, especially using a walking stick, but part of the path was steep and you had to be careful there. Tony stopped several times on the way back to allow me to catch my breath (I'm 59 and not in the best of shape!), and he lent a hand when I needed it. We ended our hike muddy and tired, but thoroughly enthralled with our rainforest trek!
Our personal guide, Davidson, courteous, friendly and informative, drove my wife and I to the Rainforest and took us through a section which involved a fairly long and steepish descent to a large and impressive waterfall where a local young man entertained us by diving from the top into the pool below. At this stage we were virtually on our own. As we returned we came across a tour from a cruise ship, possibly 100+ people descending the same (narrow) path (which was wet and slippery), apart from slowing us up, it was not a major problem. However, the viewing area by the waterfall was not that large, so we were glad we got away before this large number of people arrived, it would have been very crowded! The forest itself was attractive and Davidson pointed out one or two features of interest and was always willing to answer questions. A drink was provided on return to our transport. An enjoyable half day tour, a little challenging due to the wet ground but you can't expect anything else in a Rainforest! It would be worth trying to find out if large (cruise) parties are taking this trip when you intend to go to avoid a very crowded excursion!