North Alizés trail

North Alizés trail

Mountain shelter
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A chance to experience the thick rain forest in all its splendour. The trail is an immersion, a new experience, a change of scene and a personal challenge.

12 points of interest

  • Flora

    "Ailes à mouches"

    A member of the Cyclantaceae family, the French common name of Asplundia rigida translates literally as "fly wings" on account of its similarity with the insect. A typical plant of hygrophilous (moisture-loving) forest undergrowth, there are three species of Asplundia: two terrestrial and one epiphytic and lianescent (vines climbing from aerial routes).

  • Flora

    Glomeropitcairnia penduliflora

    Commonly known in Creole as "Zanana mawon", Glomeropitcairnia penduliflora is a member of the Bromeliaceae family. It is a tropical grass, epiphyte on tree branches, or terrestrial. It has straight, tough and thick leaves which, arranged in the format of rosettes, take in substantial levels of water and are even home to some frogs. It features a floral scape in the middle.

  • Mountain shelter

    Morne Léger bivouac

    The Morne Léger bivouac (shelter) has room for around 10 people to sleep in the heart of the rainforest.
    It is strongly recommended that you bring your own floor mat or hammock (plus fasteners), because there are only wooden bunks available on site.
    N.B. The shelters have no running water or electricity available. They are not supervised and do not include a cleaning service. Please leave them clean and tidy !

  • Viewpoint

    Les Mamelles

    View of Les Mamelles : La Mamelle de Pigeon to the west and La Mamelle de Petit-Bourg to the east.

  • Flora

    Mapou baril

    Sterculia caribea, known in Créole as Mapou baril, is endemic to the Lesser Antilles. The leaves of this plant can differ depending on its age. Its flowers appear in the form of a bunch of small yellow and pink bells. It produces quite distinctive fruits that cluster together in groups of four or five in woody follicles: they are lined on the inside with dark red urticating bristles.

  • Flora

    Amanoa caribeae

    Amanoa caribeae belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. This species is endemic to the Lesser Antilles.
    It is a large tree with a trunk that rests straight on its buttresses, depending on the terrain. The most distinctive features of this species are its reddish bark and roots at the foot of the trunk. Its leaves vary in shape: sometimes they are whole, sometimes pointed. Its flowers form small clusters. The hard wood of this tree was used as timber or in carpentry.

  • Fauna

    "Gratte kwi"

    An animal named after the noise it makes with its hind legs, recalling the sound produced when calabash containers are made (kwi).
  • Flora

    Philodendron giganteum

    It can grow both in trees and on the ground.
    When it rains, it's a good idea to take shelter under its large leaves until the squall is over.
  • Flora

    Bird's nest anthurium

    Anthurium hookeri is a member of the Araceae family.
    It is often epiphytic, clinging to trees with its roots.
  • Flora

    "Aile à mouche" (lit. "Fly wing")

    Asplundia insignis, can be seen here with its flower and fruit (photo).
  • Summit

    Morne Jeanneton

    Summit of Morne Jeanneton, altitude of 744 m.
  • Summit

    La Couronne

    Summit of La Couronne, 683 m.


Set off towards the Morne Léger shelter, following the markings. Go past the refuge.
At the "Morne Léger" intersection (point 1), turn left towards "Morne à Georges".
Then turn right at the "Fendre Fouque" intersection (point 2); go past "Richard", "Désirade" and "Morne Jeanneton", before arriving at the intersection with the Trace des Contrebandiers (high-voltage line and pylon; point 3). Continue north and go up "La Couronne"; follow the markings to the "Belle Hôtesse" refuge. It is possible to spend the night here.
You can then continue along other trails: either go down towards "Trou Caverne", Pointe Noire, to the west, if you have car ready to take you back; or continue north towards Morne Mazeau and the end of the Alizés GR trail to the Sainte-Rose coast.
  • Departure : Col des Mamelles, RD23 Route de la Traversée.
  • Arrival : Belle Hôtesse shelter, Pointe-Noire.
  • Towns crossed : Petit-Bourg, Pointe-Noire, Lamentin, and Sainte-Rose

Altimetric profile


It is a good idea to be accompanied by a mountain guide (INFO).
Don't forget to take plenty of water and some food.
It is recommended to take a change of clothes with you, as the trail is often muddy.
Non-drinkable water only in the refuges.
In this natural setting, you should be particularly careful and alert, especially 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 park.
Morne Leger shelter : info.
Belle Hotesse shelter : info.
Is in the midst of the park
The national park is an unrestricted natural area but subjected to regulations which must be known by all visitors.

Information desks

Maison de la Forêt

RD 23 - Route de la Traversée, 97170 Petit-Bourg

Opening hours :

  • In low season (May 1 to June 30 and September 1 to October 31) : every day (except weekends) from 9 am to 4.30 pm.
  • In high season (November 1 to April 30 and from July 1 to August 31) : every day from 9 am to 4.30 pm ; sunday from 9 am to 12.30 pm.

Services: reception, permanent exhibition, free parking, picnic area nearby. Building accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Please note : parkings are not supervised.

Localisation GPS : Lat: 16,17600 N - Lng: 61,69280 W.

Find out more

au C.R.E.P.S. des Antilles Guyane ; Route des Abymes - BP 220, 97182 Les Abymes cedex 35 17 54

Access and parking

GPS starting point: Lat: 16.18149°N - Long: 61.73601°W.

RD23 departmental road, Col des Mamelles.

Parking :

Col des Mamelles car park, RD23 Route de la Traversée.


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