Pointe à Lézard trail
They can be found in humid mountain forests, sometimes in dry brush forests and also in mangrove forests. They are quite common in Basse-Terre, but seldom seen in Grande-Terre. The species is endemic and widespread in Guadeloupe and Dominica.
Bain du Curé
Today, many people drink the water for its iron-rich properties and its beneficial effects for skin and rheumatic diseases.
The forest grows where there is less than 2 m of rain a year. The trees have hairy, very small or thick leaves to limit transpiration. The leaves fall in Lent.
The xerophile forest is the one that has shrunk the most in Guadeloupe. There are now only 11,000 hectares, or less than 15% of the estimated original surface area.
Not to be confused with the portia tree, a common coastal plant with heart-shaped leaves.
Pointe à Lézard
At the heart of Bouillante
The trail gradually continues deeper into the forest and crosses the Bois l'îlet gully twice.
Walk alongside the gully then turn right onto a steep slope towards Morne Machette. Go straight on until a crossroads, where you turn right.
Continue alongside a pipe and following the mountain-bike markings.
Start the long descent through the undergrowth towards Anse à Sable. At the bottom of the descent, turn right towards Pointe à Sel.
The path gradually rises alongside the cliff until it comes to a sharp bend to the left. Follow the path, always staying on the right and close to the coast. Begin the descent towards Anse Machette. Cross Anse Machette, then turn right to follow the coast.
When you arrive at Pointe à Lézard, continue along the coast as far as a grassy area, then turn right up the slope. Once you get to the forest path that is partially adapted to cars, turn right and follow the path to the starting point.
Don't begin the hike after 3 pm because night falls quickly in the forest.
Watch out for the manchineel tree at Anse Machette.
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.
Access and parking
On the RN2 road to Pointe-Noire, 2 km after the town of Bouillante, park on the left at the "Falaise" section, near the exercise trail close to the "Aux Epices" restaurant.
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