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Morne Cadet / St Jean Bosco

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Morne Cadet is one of the gateways leading to the Monts Caraïbes. At an altitude of 681 metres, it offers a remarkable view over the south of Basse-Terre.
Climbing the sometimes steep slopes, you will see a wonderful parade of flora and fauna of surprising diversity in an untamed and relaxing atmosphere.

12 points of interest
Flora

Forest sanctuary

Just look at the wealth of flowers at the site! The Monts Caraïbes mountains have a series of 3 different forest types: xerophile forest (semi-deciduous); mesophile forest (evergreen) and ombrophile forest.
This area with high levels of candlewood marks a transition and entrance to the mesophile forest.
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Viewpoint

View over Saint-Charles

One of the few panoramas during the ascension, giving a glimpse of the view from the summit.
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Fauna

Bats

It is not unusual in this area to hear the monotonous chant of the bat. Bats are the only mammal species native to Guadeloupe, with 14 species. The species potentially found on Monts Caraïbes include:
- the strictly endemic species in Basse Terre, the Guadeloupe big brown bat, Eptesicus guadeloupensis.
- 3 sub-endemic species: the Guadeloupe big-eyed bat, Chiroderma improvisum (Basse-Terre and Montserrat); the Dominican myotis, Myotis dominicensis (Basse-Terre and Dominica) and Thomas's yellow-shouldered bat, (Basse-Terre and Montserrat).
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Viewpoint

Panorama from Cadet

An exceptional view over the areas of Gourbeyre, Basse-Terre and Saint-Claude towards the north. To the south, a view over Morne Grande Voûte, separated from Morne Cadet by the Salée Ravine.
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Summit

Morne Cadet summit

Information panel at the summit, altitude 681m.
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Information board

Vent Soufflé intersection

Intersection towards Morne Vent Soufflé.
Please note, there are no signs at this point.
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Viewpoint

Soufrière panorama

View over the Grande Savane and Valkanaërs districts, as well as the Soufrière.
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Flora

Specific variety

Ylang-ylang, Cananga odorata, is well known for its highly fragrant flowers, which are distilled to produce a very popular essential oil.
The fragrance is released in wet and cool weather.
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Flora

Prickly Yellow

The prickly yellow (Zanthoxylum caribaeum) is a medium-sized tree, which can exceptionally grow up to 20 metres in height. It has a very prickly trunk and branches, and very rough, cracked and blackish bark.
Its wood is much in demand in the region, especially to make handles for farm tools.
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Cultural and architectural heritage

Saint Jean Bosco

Saint Jean Bosco is an education centre working on behalf of young people in difficulties since 1935.
Take care when leaving the forest, because it is hard to spot the trail due to the grass.
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Information board

Site panel

Information panel at the Coastal Conservatory.
Arriving from Morne Cadet, cross the road and continue on the trail opposite.
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River and waterfall

River Sens

The River Sens takes its source on the slopes of the Palmiste plateau in Gourbeyre. It is then joined by the Ravine Rouge and the Ravine Blanche, before reaching its mouth at the beginning of the Rivières Sens section. These gullies were an opportunity to set up Habitations (residences) in the Monts Caraïbes, including the Habitation Bisdary.
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Description

The start of the trail is shown by a wooden marker. There is a steep slope for a few yards at the start of the trail, which then levels out. There are two intersections a few yards apart with a cross sign. Take the trail to the right with yellow markings. In the last part of the ascension, the path is narrow, slippery and steep. The markings are sometimes on the ground and sometimes on trees. After the summit (point 1), continue for a few yards, then go to the left to begin the descent. The slope gradually becomes steeper.
There are two intersections 1.5 km after the summit (point 2). Follow the yellow markings to the left along the crest.
Lastly, there is a 3rd intersection, to the left (point 3; direction marker). Take the path going down to the left towards Saint Jean Bosco. Then continue straight ahead until you arrive at the Habitation Bisdary from the rear.
Departure : Route du Houelmont, at the ONF sign, turn left. The trail begins 10m below.
Arrival : Habitation Bisdary, on the D38.
Towns crossed : Gourbeyre

Altimetric profile


Recommandations

In rainy or wet weather, the level for the trail rises from average to difficult. The slopes become particularly muddy and slippery.
Take care when leaving the forest for Saint Jean Bosco, because the grass makes it hard to spot the trail.

Information desks

rond point "Dos d'Ane", Valkanaërs, 97113 Gourbeyre

http://gourbeyre-tourisme.fr/

contact@gourbeyre-tourisme.fr

05 90 92 21 64

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Access and parking

GPS starting point: Lat: 15.97882°N - Long: 61.70044°W.
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In Gourbeyre, Blanchet section, follow the D38 towards the Soufrière Volcanological Observatory; go up to the ONF panel for the Houëlmont forest.

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