Cascades aux écrevisses
In today’s blog post, I am going to focus on Cascade aux écrevisses (Crayfishes waterfall) which is a beautiful waterfall easily accessible. When visiting Guadeloupe Archipelago especially Basse-Terre Island, Cascade aux écrevisses is a location that worth a look.
Cascade aux écrevisses : Origin of the name
In Guadeloupe Archipelago, there are multiple basins full of crayfishes commonly called “Ouassous”. Back in the days, Cascades aux écrevisses was one of the many basins in that case, hence the name. Today, even though there are no more crayfishes, the waterfall has kept the same name.
Located on a road called “La Traversée” in Basse-Terre Island, Cascade aux écrevisses is part of the National Park of Guadeloupe Archipelago. This gorgeous spot highlights the beauty of a tropical environment thanks to the green and luxurious vegetation.
A well-laid path leading to Cascade aux écrevisses
Getting to the place is incredible simple and very well signposted. The waterfall is quite close to the roadside car park, about 5 minutes walk. The path to the fall is in excellent condition , well paved and neatly maintained, so pushchairs and wheelchairs can effortlessly make it. If you want to buy souvenirs, there is small shop by the car park as well as toilets facilities. If you are fancy trying the water temperature, you are more than welcome as bathing is authorised into the small pool under the fall. Sharing a meal with friends and family is also possible as there is a lovely pic-nic area with wooden shelters.
Cascade aux écrevisses is a stunning place in truly tropical surroundings. In addition to this spectacular waterfall, the untouched and full of life rainforest features amazing plants and greenery.
Cascade aux écrevisses is one of the most visited tourists’ site in Guadeloupe Archipelago due to easy access. There are around 400 000 visitors per year including the local population. For instance during Easter holidays, people from Guadeloupe Archipelago enjoy the place. Usually, they will have family gatherings around a tasty traditional meal such as the Crab calaloo.