View of le Nez Cassé
It grows equally well from the earth as it does on rock or in trees. It develops many very long aerial routes, which are used in basketry. It has large, dark green leaves that are fleshy and shiny to the eye. Each leaf is supported by a large petiole (between 0.6 and 1.5 metres), which grows from a large, yet short stem resting on trunks or rocks.
The path starts at the rear of the picnic area. Go into the forest and along the canal. At the crossroads (Point 1), turn left in the direction of Papaye.
Follow the next waymarkers carefully.
Continue on the path and cross several small gullies. Arrive at Rivière Noire (Point 2), and cross carefully. Go up the trail opposite. You are entering the National Park. Continue in the forest. Reach an open plateau (view). Carry on and arrive at the edge of cultivated areas (Jardins Créoles). The trail finally comes out on a concrete path; continue up to the little chapel. Return by the same route up to the starting point.
On arrival, you can take advantage of the Beausoleil picnic area.
As Guadeloupe is prone to natural risks, extra care should be taken in this natural environment. For the benefit of all hikers, responsible behaviour is very important.
Please note: the parking area is not supervised.
Maison Darracq, 149 avenue du Maréchal Foch, 97120 Saint-Claude
0590 60 90 23
Headquarters of the National Park of Guadeloupe
Montéran, 97120 Saint-Claude
0590 41 55 55
The reception and shop are open to the public :
- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday : 8 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm.
- Wednesday : from 8 am to 1 pm.
- Friday : 8 am to 12.30 pm.
Services : reception, shop, toilets, free parking. Building accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Localisation GPS : Lat: 16,01634 N - Lng: 61,70753 W.
Access and parking
Go through the town of Saint-Claude, passing in front of the Post Office and the University.
Continue climbing on the RD11 (heading for La Soufrière), until arriving at the Beausoleil picnic area, at the entrance to the forest.
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