Each path having its own level of difficulty, we propose you adapted advices to leave serenely.
In Martinique, hiking is a must to discover the breathtaking landscapes of the region. Through 180 km of marked trails, you will have the opportunity to combine sport and pleasure, in the heart of a magnificent nature. There is something for everyone: there are a multitude of routes, from the easiest to the most challenging.
To take your whole family hiking, choose easy, short and safe trails.
The circuit of the Presqu'île de la Caravelle will amaze children and adults alike! The whole route is marked out and marked with explanatory panels on the fauna and flora of Martinique. You will end up at the ruins of the Château de Dubuc that you can visit. Many beaches are located near the path, for a small freshness break before leaving. To get there: Count a little less than an hour of road (via N1) to arrive at the beginning of the hike. Then take D2 on the "route de la Presqu'île de la Caravelle" to find a parking lot after 1 km.
The Piton Crève-Cœur hike is 1.8 km long. Once at the top, you will enjoy a panoramic view on the ocean, on the Diamond rock and on Morne Larcher. This short hike (less than an hour) requires nevertheless to be well shod! How to get there : To get there, allow about an hour by car from by taking N5 towards Le Marin.
Les Gorges de la Falaise, in the north of the island, is a path along the river in the heart of the rainforest. Between impressive rock walls, follow the path with the help of an obligatory guide who will help you advance and avoid obstacles. A bathing suit and a towel are recommended, as swimming is compulsory in some places to be able to advance. So bring good shoes and cameras that don't fear water!
To get there : It takes about 1 hour by car from Fort-de-France in the direction of Ajoupa-Bouillon. Take the road to Balata then the N3 to find the "Chemin de Semaine" just before Ajoupa-Bouillon. Signs will indicate where to park.
Le Morne Larcher is a 3 km hike. The route is strewn with steep slopes and volcanic rocks. It invites to be careful because its vegetation is important and the beaconing is sometimes missing. Once you reach the top (at 386 m), a magical panorama awaits you. How to get there: Go to the beach of Diamant at Anse Cafard, 40 minutes drive from Fort-de-France. This is a one-way hike, so don't forget the return trip which will double your walking time!
The hike from Grand-Rivière is very difficult.
With a duration of almost 8 hours, it will delight those who love long walks. Plan the return trip: by fishing boat or by car. Otherwise, turn back halfway. The trail is marked by signs indicating Grand Rivière from Prêcheurs.
To get there : go to the extreme north of the island at Grand Rivière or at Prêcheur. The hike is possible in both directions. It takes one hour by car from Fort de France via N2.
Beginners and experienced hikers alike must be careful when hiking. Here are some tips not to be neglected :
1. Stay hydrated !
As Martinique's temperatures are sometimes very hot and dry, it is important to bring enough water.
2. Bring good shoes
Hiking shoes are sometimes essential to move forward. Choose shoes that you feel comfortable in, with good support and a good sole. Avoid wearing new shoes for a walk of several hours!
3. Plan your route in advance
Choose your trail according to your ability. Print out the itinerary in advance, charge your cell phone as much as possible and think about the return trip if the path does not form a loop.
4. Cover up
The weather can change quickly in Martinique: bring rain gear in case of wet weather and hats in case of hot weather! Also plan to cover yourself with sunscreen.
5. Leave early
If you want to make the most of your hike, leave early. Indeed, the paths are sometimes very busy in the afternoon making the walk less pleasant. Moreover, the temperatures are often very hot, so the morning is the ideal time to leave. You will be able to enjoy a clear and sunny panorama.
6. Be accompanied
Having a guide or going with several people is sometimes essential to avoid any risks and to be able to ask for help if necessary.
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