Engraved rocks in Plessis

Engraved rocks in Plessis

Cultural and architectural heritage
Discovery trail
River and waterfall
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An easy hike including a visit to a truly remarkable historic site. On the River Plessis, some fifty engravings on rock testify to the native American past.
The engraved rocks are precious records of Guadeloupe's past. They are still quite mysterious but no less fascinating. The River Plessis site is a chance to slake your thirst for discovery and exploration, all in a superb natural site.

4 points of interest

  • Information board

    Karbays and panel for the gardens

    A sign with karbays on either side shows a plan of the garden (now covered with vegetation).
  • Information board

    Information panels about native Americans

    A large karbay is home to several panels focusing on the life of native Americans in general and information about the engraved rocks to be seen in this site.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    River and engraved rocks

    As soon as you arrive at the river bank, you can easily spot this figure, which has been quite deeply engraved in the rock.
    The site contains some fifty engravings on around ten different rocks.
    Please note: opposite, a pathway (not described here) leads to the Kalinago waterfall, 5 minutes upstream. Take care in bad weather!
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    Engraved rocks

    Close by the previous rock point (5 metres downstream), you will see this rock, which is remarkable for the quality of the engravings. You have to go round it to see the drawings because the engraved side is facing downstream. There is an attractive pool just in front.


A gently sloping pathway leads you to the river in 15 minutes. The dense vegetation and the trees add a pleasantly refreshing touch. Two sites have been set up with karbays to take a break. The last karbay, close by the river, contains information panels. You then need to cross the river and go down a few yards to see the most remarkable rocks.
You go back the same way.
  • Departure : On the Chemin des Avocatiers, near Route St-Robert, in Baillif (follow the roadsigns).
  • Arrival : On the Chemin des Avocatiers, near Route St-Robert, in Baillif (follow the roadsigns).
  • Towns crossed : Vieux-Habitants and Baillif

Altimetric profile


Water, enclosed shoes.
In this natural setting, you should be particularly careful and alert, since Guadeloupe is subject to natural risks. It is vital to act in a responsible way, so that everyone can enjoy the hike!
Please note: unsupervised car parks and swimming.

Information desks

46 rue Paul Baudot, 97100 Basse-Terre

https://www.facebook.com/ot.sudbasseterre/otisbt@hotmail.fr05 90 86 05 81

imm du Port Autonome, 2 cours Nolivos, 97100 Basse-Terre

maisondutourisme971@orange.fr0590 32 51 01

Access and parking

GPS starting point: Lat: 16,03813° N - Long: 61,73624° W.
On the N2 rock in Baillif, take the D13 (Route de Saint-Robert) and follow the signs. Park at the side of the road (Chemin des Avocatiers).

Parking :

On the edge of the road


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