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For those who want more detailed information on some of the various cycling areas in Trinidad that are off the Main Roads, this page provides that information.

 

 

 

 

Chaguaramas_Biking_Trails

Many persons use the Chaguaramas penninsula for cycling and the most popular area is the Macqueripe Road. Although this road has reduced vehicular traffic when compared to many other major roads in Trinidad, there is still significant vehicle traffic. Chagaramas however because of its old military roads and natural vegetation provides several cycling areas with little or no vehicle traffic while mentally refreshing you with the sights of nature.

Shortly after you enter Chaguaramas National Park, immediately after the Kayak Center on the northwestern side of the Western Main Road is a narrow old road that is barred by a metal barrier gate. There is usually a fruit seller at the entrance to the road. Going around the gate takes you into an area that is known as Guave Road and enables you to ride through an area that is mixed agricultural and secondary forest. The road is mainly packed dirt and eventually exits onto Macqueripe Road.

Further along Macqueripe Road on the left (eastern side), just before Samaan Park, is Covigne Road. The entire ride along this road is through secondary forest. At the eastern end of Covigne Road is a single bar barrier to prevent vehicle access but cyclists can easily go around the barrier. As you continue there is a choice of going left or right. The left turn leads to the Cuesa River and shortly before the river on the right (east) there is a slight incline that leads to a nutmeg grove and a rivulet that tumbles over a rock face, providing a refreshing shower. The trail on the right immediately after the barrier provides the opportunity for an exciting ride through vegetation as the road narrows to a single person track with the vegetation pressing close. There is a gentle uphill climb that leads to a former World War 2 bunker. To leave the Covigne Road area you have to go back along the same route as you entered. An interesting addition to this ride is to use the Huggins Trail (described on our Other Hikes Page) as the entry point to Covigne Road.

Further along Macqueripe Road is the road that leads to the Chaguaramas Golf Course. This well paved road provides a ride through alternating patches of secondary forest and former tonka bean estate. When riding through this area you can often hear the roar of the Howler monkeys and in the evenings you can see the Amazon parrots coming in to roost. The road ends at the golf course car park and clubhouse. During the rainy season you can see the water tumbling down Edith Falls which gives a dramatic backdrop to the clubhouse. For those in need of light refreshments after the exertions of their ride, the clubhouse provides the opportunity for a light snack. To the right of the car park (northwestern side) there is an old road along which you can continue your ride and which exits onto Macqueripe Road.

As one approaches the end of Macqueripe Road near to Macqueripe Beach, there is a road on the right (eastern side) that leads to the tracking station. The early part of this ride goes through arching stands of bamboo that have an almost cathedral feel. The latter portion of this ride is well suited for those who want a strong cardio-vascular workout because after the bamboo grove it is an uphill climb to the tracking station.

At the northern end of Macqueripe Road lies Macqueripe Beach whose crystal clear waters always invite you to abandon your bikes for a short while and have a swim. For the avid mountain biker the Macqueripe to Chagaramas Golf Course trail, which begins at the Macqueripe Beach car park, is an exciting ride.

At the southern end of Macqueripe Road immediately after the former power station (Base nightclub) there is a road on the left (western side) that has a metal swing gate for blocking vehicles. Cyclists can easily go around the gate. This is a relatively short ride through secondary forest and then to the Government experimental farm. On afternoons and weekends there is no exit from this area, so cyclists have to retrace their route and exit at the entry point.

Many of the rides through these various areas that branch off along the Macqueripe Road are not of extended duration, however their close proximity allows you to mix and match areas to get a variety of road surfaces and riding environments.

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Other Bike Rides in Chaguaramas

In our previous section under Chaguaramas Biking Trails we focused on areas at the entrance to Chaguaramas, particularly those areas off the Macueripe Road. There are however other areas in Chaguaramas that offer interesting areas for cycling. Indeed the Western Main Road that leads into the Chaguaramas National Park and runs the length of the peninsula is by itself an interesting ride. Portions of the road provide you with sea vistas while other sections give you views of the many yachts that visit Trinidad to avoid the effects of the hurricane season and have repairs conducted at the many marinas. The road ends at the entrance to the army base.

An interesting short diversionary ride is to swing off the Western Main Road and go along Airways Road. This road takes you behind the Chaguaramas Convention Center and past the Hotel School and then goes past the Fire Services Training School before gently descending to join onto the Western Main Road. Cycling through this area is cycling through a mixture of urban landscape and scrub forest and at times especially early morning and late evenings you can see the green parrots coming to and from their roosts while other birds flit from one patch of undergrowth to another. A very enjoyable ride for those who are very fit is the ascent of Morne St Catherine. This road (Cano Ventura Road) branches off Airways road and takes you to the top of the 1,700 foot Mount St Catherine peak. Going to Mount St Catherine is bicycling through nature and history with a variety of wildlife and World War II emplacements. You can learn more about this area in our Morne St Catherine section.

Shortly after the Trinidad Yachting Association headquarters is a road on the left (southern side) that leads to the Point Gourde peninsula. This is another area that has a long history, in this case going back beyond World War II and at the same time offers riding on a mixture of roads and trails. It also gives the chance to see Capuchin Monkeys, Squirrel Cuckoos and Rufous-tailed Jacamars. In the Point Gourde area are remnants of fortifications built by the Spanish and British between 1796 and 1805 and Admiral Apodaca’s fleet of ships, was scuttled off Point Gourde in the British invasion in 1797. You can learn more about this area by visiting our Point Gourde section on our web site.

As one continues along the Western Main Road after the Yachting Association Bay, one encounters several roads on the right (northern side) called Granwood, 1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue. Entering any of these roads allows one to explore an area of old trails, abandoned buildings, small streams, birds in trees and small animals scuttling across your path. All of these roads interconnect allowing you to crisscross through the area, until you reach the army's Camp Omega Battleground Camp (at which point one must turn back).

 

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Trinidad is blessed with a range of old estate roads, hiking trails and hunting tracks that make excellent trails for riding Mountain Bikes. Here we outline a few of the Mountain Bike Trails in Trinidad.

Lalaja Road

This mountain bike ride is along another of the trails that are also used for hiking as it leads to Lalaja Waterfall. If you choose to visit the waterfall however, you need to be aware that at a point along the trail you will have to leave your bicycle at the side of the trail. You may therefore choose to simply do the ride up to that point and enjoy the ambiance and natural setting of Trinidad’s Northern Range. The first part of Lalaja Road is an old road with a deteriorating surface, as you proceed along the road it becomes a dirt grass trace. For the majority of the trace it is wide enough to allow two and three riders to ride abreast. As this is a ride in the Northern Range there are uphill and downhill portions although none are particularly steep but they can be long. For directions to get to Lalaja Road, see our Waterfalls Page.

Martinez Trace, Brasso Seco

Martinez Trace is located in Brasso Seco and you can find directions for getting to Brasso Seco on our Other Places of Interest Page. Approximately 2 miles after you cross the junction of the Arima Blanchisseuse Road and begin heading into Brasso Seco, you will see Martinez Trace on your left. The Trace is an old dirt road and there is a old sign nailed to a cocoa tree. Martinez Trace is a fast, technical downhill ride along a single track that cuts through the rainforest. There is a 900 foot drop in elevation over the two miles of the trail. Riding this trail requires at least intermediate level skill at mountain biking. At the end of the trail, if you take the Brasso Road to return to your starting point it is approximately 5 miles of mostly uphill.

Madamas Road

The Madamas Road is another mountain bike trail that starts in the village of Brasso Seco. The Madamas Road is in the heart of the village on the right and the start of the road is well signposted. The road begins as a bumpy paved road and then becomes a muddy (in the rainy season) single track. The Madamas Road goes through magnificent rain forest with several stream crossings. At the second stream crossing you can follow the stream up river to two waterfalls. The overall length of the trail is 18 kilometers. Although this trail is listed for intermediate skill level, persons with lesser skill can ride it once they proceed slowly.

Double Rivers Waterfall Mountain Bike Ride

Many people hike to Double River Waterfall on the outskirts of Brasso Seco but this trail can also be ridden on Mountain Bikes. This Bike ride is actually part of the overall ride along the Madamas Road. The trail goes through old cocoa estates and rich tropical forest, along gently undulating land with a short uphill portion and then a downhill as you near the waterfall. As with all dirt tails in Trinidad during the rainy season it can be muddy. The overall time to ride the trail and return is approximately 2 hours, not counting the time you spend at the waterfall.

Trail to Ti Delma and Laspor Beaches

This mountain bike ride begins at the suspension bridge in Blanchisseuse, although some persons may choose to begin the ride further along the road. After the bridge the paved road becomes a wide road of packed dirt. Some individuals choose to begin their ride approximately 0.4 kilometers after the bridge where in the rainy season there is a major mud pool. This trail goes through a combination of secondary forest, original rain forest and old estates. The trail has a mixture of flat sections, gentle down/uphills and 30 – 45 degree downhills. There are two sections where the surface is a smooth clay on an incline. You can learn more about this trail on our Beaches page in the section, Beyond Blanchisseuse.

Paria Branch Trace, Sans Souci

This trail begins as a paved road and then becomes a dirt track that can be muddy in the rainy season (June- November). As you progress along the dirt track you will eventually have to go in single file and there are sections where the trail may be partially overgrown. Along the trail you will encounter several stream crossings that can be ridden across or walked across. The trail is a progression of ups and downs going up to 600 feet and then back down to sea level. The trail is essentially one track with only one turn off, approximately ˝ mile after the start of the trail there is a road that goes uphill on the left but you need to turn right. At the end of the trail you can reverse your route and ride back along the trail or ride along the Paria Main Road back to Sans Souci.

To get to Paria Branch Trace you drive to Toco and then continue on to Sans Souci. At Toco (the small roundabout where you can turn left to go to the Galera lighthouse) the Toco Main Road changes name to become the Paria Main Road. On entering Sans Souci you drive to Beach Break, which is the second bay in Sans Souci. Approximately 100 meters after Beach Break there is a bridge on the right, which marks the start of the trail. On your bike ride across the bridge and up the hill taking the first right. Then follow this trail, the only other turn is about .5 mile after this where a road goes up hill to your left, do not go there, turn right.

Chaguaramas Biking Trails

For information on the bicycle trails in Chaguaramas, see our Chaguaramas Biking Trails section.

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