Guadeloupe National Park Hikes
Guadeloupe is probably the best Caribbean island for overnight hikes

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Guadeloupe National Park Hikes & Hiking

You can hike 180 miles of hiking trails in the 74,100-acre Guadeloupe National Park (Parc National de la Guadeloupe). One of the Caribbean's most visually lush parks, it offers several impressive waterfall hikes. Guadeloupe National Park, unfortunately, has unusually limited hours, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays only. Park website.

Drop by the Saint-Claude tourism office (open weekdays 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) to obtain a Guide to the National Park and the latest regulations. You may be able to arrange overnight hikes of 4 to 5 days along the trails of the Guadeloupe National Park with one of the forest service personnel. The guides' English isn't always the best, but they usually try their hardest to explain the amazing variety of terrain you'll pass through.

Contact the Organisation des Guides de Montagne le la Caraibe, Maison Forestiere , 97120 Matouba; tel. 0590/94-29-11. They are familiar with all the best hikes inside the national park. Through them, you may be able to arrange day hikes or treks of a week or more.

Having a guide describe the terrain and vegetation on the La Soufriere climb made all the difference between knowing and guessing about what we were seeing.

Campsites are available (as are small bungalows) off the beach at Sable d'Or near Deshaies in Basse-Terre; tel. 28-44-60; Camping Traversee near Mahaut on Basse-Terre; and the Guadeloupe Hotel at Saint-Francois, also offering complete camping facilities.

Fully equipped campers sleeping up to six can be rented from Vert'Bleu in Deshaies, Basse-Terre; 0590/28-51-25. Or check with the local park service office or police about other sites that might look interesting to you. Be aware commercial campgrounds sometimes are so crowded tents are up against each other.

Hiking Difficulty Ratings Explained
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Hikes of Guadeloupe National Park

La Soufriere Hike
A circuit of the volcano

La Soufriere Summit Climb

Carmichael Trail

Col de l'Echelle (Ladder Hill)

La Citerne (Cistern)

Piton Tarade

Trail of the Armistice

Karukera Trail

Pas Du Roy & Galion Waterfall Trails

Nez Casse

The Delgres Trail

Vauchelet Cascade Trail

Heights of Papaye

The Matouba Waterfall

First Carbet Waterfall

Second Carbet Waterfall

Third Carbet Waterfall

The Zigzag Route

Trail of the Ponds

Hikes Near Gourbeyre

Grand Etang Circle

La Madeleine Trail

The Bassin Bleu and the Parabole

Le Houelmont

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