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St Margaret’s Falls - A view from our expert author
This is a moderately easy hike across private estate land to a series of pretty waterfalls with nice, deep and refreshing bathing pools. The trail follows a steep dirt track and can be quite muddy and slippery in places. You also have to hop across rocks to get over a small river to reach the falls right at the end of the trail. The hike takes about 30 to 45 minutes each way. It is mostly downhill there and uphill on the way back. Though the trail is, for the most part, very obvious and clear (it is frequently walked by cruise-ship visitors in the high season), it may be worth taking a guide along to help you out over some of the trickier stretches if you are not a regular hiker.
Also known as the Seven Sisters, this series of waterfalls in the forests of Grand Etang make an enjoyable hike.
Your guide can also tell you about some of the vegetation you will see. Depending on your group size, a guide’s services for an individual or a couple should be around EC$20. Official guides are trained and should be able to show you their licence. If you have not already employed a guide via one of the tour operators who run hiking trips here, then one will almost certainly make himself known to you when you arrive. Whether you decide to hire a guide or not, you must pay EC$5 per person entrance fee at the shop.
The waterfalls form part of a series known locally as the Seven Sisters © Celia Sorhaindo
The waterfalls form part of a series known locally as the Seven Sisters. The lower falls are number six, the taller ones above it number five. The four above it are in actual fact rather small cascades that can be accessed via the trail to your right. It takes about 20 minutes to get up to the top and a popular way of descending is simply to jump down each waterfall into the pool below. The seventh waterfall is close by but on a different river. It is called the Honeymoon Falls. The route back to the car park is the same way you came; unfortunately the slippery downhill slopes are now replaced by steep uphill ones.