Tobago's hilly landscape and idyllic beaches have always been an attraction to visitors. From 1580 to 1814 the island changed hands 33 times between Courland, Spain, France, Dutch, Sweden and England. In 1889 Tobago became united with Trinidad and the economy of the island at the time depended on the agriculture of sugar-cane and cocoa, which led to the construction of many forest trails around the island. Some of these forest trails still exist giving rise to the increasing significance of eco-tourism.There are over 230 species of birds some 25 of which are indigenous only to the island making it one of the best places to view birds in the Caribbean.
On Saturday there will be a hike to Twin Rivers waterfall at 7 a.m. The Twin Rivers waterfall is located in Goldsborough with its source coming from the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve. It is a tributary of The Great River and the name Twin Rivers came about because at the base of the falls the river joins another large tributary. Hiking time upstream along the stony river bed will take 40 minutes to reach the falls where there is a large pool for swimming. Getting to the top of the falls is challenging but a variety of cascading waterfalls and pools can be discovered in this seemingly unexplored land..
On that day there will be another hike from Speyside to Pirates Bay. This is a one-way hike from Speyside Lookout to Tobago's highest point Pigeon Peak (550 metres or 1,804 feet) then a steep descend to Flag Staff Hill and Pirates Bay. Estimated hiking time to Pirates Bay is two and a half hours. There is also a shorter hike from Flagstaff Hill to Pirates Bay for those preferring an easier route. This hiking time is 35 minutes downhill .
I was reading the Trinidad Express newspaper this morning (Internet Edition) and saw an interesting article that I decided to Reblog. Why? Well, I was unaware that Tobago had over 230 species of birds. I was aware of the special nature of Tobago's rain forests but this caught me by surprise. I always thought about birds with respect to the Asa Wright Nature Center located of the Blanchieusse Road just a short drive from the town of Arima.
The article was worth the Reblog because it also provides some historical information about Island... Not many islands in the Caribbean changed hands (sovereign ownership) over 33 times! The Express article also provides information about the Georgraphical make up of the Island (Twin rivers and Twin river water fall located in Goldsborough). Go ahead and ink to the article and if you should have any additional information please use the comment option to leave a message.