To the north the forest with the Pitones du Carbet and the Pelee Volcano, to the south the coastal paths along the beaches and through mangroves. In Martinique more than 350km of walking paths for all levels.
This page is intended to showcase a Martinique that is completely different to the Martinique promoted by travel agencies.
Martinique which will inspire you with her tropical forests ( of which there are 4 varieties recognised on Martinique covering at least 47% of the island); for her volcanic nature which with disregard for man has left a mountainous ridge, as spectacular as impenetrable; and for her sea , always within sight (at the furthest point inland the sea is only 12km away) so as to remind you that you are still on an island.
Martinique offers pathways that will lead you into mahogany forest cathedrals, under red woods reaching up 40metres,as well as rubber trees and giant ferns. These panoramas of the island itself, Martinique’s marvellous sea and her neighbouring islands cannot fail to inspire unique emotions in the visitor.
To the north, the forest is characterised by the Pitones du Carbet and the Pelee Volcano, which have given rise to raging torrents and waterfalls. Whilst to the south the coastal paths along the beaches and through mangroves offer more than 350km of walking paths for all levels , from simple excursions to challenging athletic hikes.
The paths of Martinique are called “traces”, trails opened by the colonists to traverse the island.
The diversity of Martinique offers a selection of different scenery, fauna and flora.
To the north the severe inclinations and humid forests bring you in contact with testing hikes in conditions which at times can be considered inclement.
There is no shortage of easier trails, which are no less beautiful or characteristic than the more difficult itineraries of Pitons du Carbet. Trails which combine the history of the antique plantations and the overwhelming beauty of nature which has regained control of the land as man has moved on.
To the south, apart from a few morne (hills) to climb in order to enjoy the views, the major part of the trails follow the coastline, skirting the Peninsula of St Anne (seen on page From Beach to Beach) and the Caravelle. You can explore the coastal forests characterised by its intermingling of sandy and rocky zones, dry forests and mangroves and a “nursery” for greater part of the marine life that abounds Martinique’s waters .
This guide was intended to highlight some of the beauty of Martinique’s nature and the numerous ways for you to explore and live amongst it. You will need to obtain a map or at least the pocket-guide that is provided by the Comité de la Randonée Pédestre de la Martinique, which can provide all the information you will need to make the most of the trails of Martinique.
Note: It is possible to arrange trekking over several days with overnight refuge.
-Take plenty of water (at least 1,5 l per person) as well as food
-Take a hat or something to shelter from rain
-Attention, at 17.30/18.00 the sun begins to go down quickly and it can become dark before you know it!
-The paths are normally indicated by blue , white or yellow markings on maps
-Respect nature, please don’t leave your refuse lying around
-Before departing make sure you check the weather previsions. When wet several paths become dangerous.
-Don’t touch unknown plants or collect flowers!
-Be careful of the mancinelle!
Be careful of the mancinelle!
The mancinelle is a plant that can be found on just about every beach of Martinique and on many other Caribbean islands. All parts of the plant are dangerous and highly toxic: leaves, trunk, and fruit(resemble small green apple).
DON’T TOUCH , DON’T TASTE, DON’T SJHELTER UNDER A MANCINELLA WHEN IT RAINS AND DON’T BURN THEM!
On the beaches the plant is often marked with a red band.
To contact a guide to accompany you on your excursions or to buy the Topo Guide (La Martinique a Pied) please contact the Comité de la Randonée Pédestre de la Martinique.