Carbet Falls: Spectacular waterfalls in Basse-Terre Island
In November 1493, Christopher Colombus headed towards the newly discovered Island and marvelled at the beauty of the falls. He was so impressed by Carbet Falls that he described them in his ship’s log.
With approximately 400,000 visitors annually, these stunning waterfalls are one of the top tourist destinations in Basse-Terre Island.
Furthermore, Carbet Falls are part of the most breathtaking waterfalls of the Lesser Antilles.
Three Falls, three Hiking trails
There are three separate waterfalls set in the tropical rainforest. At the entrance, there is a reception area that collects a small fee up to 2,50€ for adults and 1€ for kids from 3 to 12 years old.
The first cascade which is the highest is 115 metres (377 feet) tall. The touch of originality is in the red-orangey stones due to the waterfall. Visitors can reach the cascade by a long, steep trail at an elevation of 900 metres (3000 feet) via Capesterre-Belle-Eau Township.
The source of the Carbet River is accessible 2 km (1.2 miles) upstream from the first cascade, at an elevation of 1300 metres (4300 feet). You will need around 3 to 4 hours to go and come back from the cascade to the car park/reception area. The trail leading to the cascade is averagely difficult but it’s worth a try.
The second cascade is 110 metres (361 feet) high and the most visited due to convenient accessibility. The trail leading to the cascade is very nicely maintained, paved, well designed and effortless even for disable people. Nearby, there are few hot springs.
This second fall is the less intimidating, mostly because the stroll from the car park to the cascade is only 20 minutes walk. Therefore, if you want to experience an easy and quick hike to discover an amazing waterfall, this is the cascade you will need to visit.
The third cascade which is the lowest is 20 metres (66 feet) tall and has the greatest water volume of any waterfall in Guadeloupe Archipelago. The cascade plunges down into a magnificent circular basin where you can swim. You will need between 4 to 5 hours walk to reach the fall because this is the only alternative.
This part of the Guadeloupe National Park has a reputation for being quite challenging. Usually, competent hikers are the ones who have the courage to get there.
Carbet Falls is a suitable spot to hike in Guadeloupe. Besides, it offers the opportunity to discover a different side of Guadeloupe Archipelago with the National Park. When visiting Basse-Terre Island, don’t miss the beautiful scenery, vegetation and waterfalls of Carbet Falls.