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Grenada: Seven Sisters Waterfall

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Seven Sisters Waterfall | Grenada | Americas

[Visited: October 2011]

The minivan from Grenville dropped me off in the middle of nowhere in Grand Etang National Park, on the way back to the capital St. George's. A weak sun was trying to pierce its rays through the clouds, but it had rained already and I was sure it would rain more. I wanted to visit the Seven Sisters waterfalls, and I set off on the trail pointed out by the driver. The trail seemed too easy and even passable by car, from the top of a hill an incredibly green landscape opened up in front of my eyes, and when I reached a blue house, a guy convinced me that going to the falls without a guide was not a good idea, as the falls seemed hard to find. I reluctantly agreed, even though I had looked forward to hiking alone. He pointed out nutmeg trees, for which Grenada is famous, and showed me how the fruit grows - I would not have recognized the tree without him.

Picture of Seven Sisters Waterfall (Grenada): Part of the hike up to Honeymoon Falls

The hike to the Seven Sisters waterfalls is quite easy; it is impossible to get lost, the trail is straightforward even though a bit muddy in some parts. At the end, when you already hear the continuous sound of a waterfall, you have to cross a river. A little higher up, two modest waterfalls, one above the other, surrounded by rainforest, with small pools below them. It was tempting to jump in, but the guide, with whom I was having interesting conversations about very diverse subjects, convinces me that another waterfall is worth seeing. It turns out that we have to walk upstream on the river that we just crossed, and I tie my shoes to my backpack now; it is much easier to just walk barefoot. I am now happy with the stick my new friend gave me: it is helpful in avoiding falling on the slippery rocks strewn across the river bed. This hike turns out to be lots of fun.

Picture of Seven Sisters Waterfall (Grenada): Lush vegetation where the trail to the Seven Sisters waterfalls starts

At a certain point, we have to walk up a rock with water running down; it feels like walking straight up against a waterfall, and is easier than it seems. Eventually, the effort brings us to a small pool totally enveloped by the rainforest, with a broad stream of water coming down: we have reached Honeymoon Falls, a fantastic place. Moreover, the sun finally managed to break trough the clouds and a little sunlight trickles through the thick vegetation. I ask my friend about the naming of the falls: it seems odd that there are two waterfalls at the Seven Sisters, and another one on a different stream. My friend assures me that there are no more falls in this area; he claims to have searched in all directions, but never found a thing. The way down is a joy, also because I know that at the end, I will take an invigorating dip into the Seven Sisters falls. The hike back is easy; I say goodbye to my special Grenadian friend, and wash my shoes before hitting the road again, where I catch an unlikely hitch with two Russians in a rental car.

Picture of Seven Sisters Waterfall (Grenada): Lowest of the Seven Sisters waterfalls
Picture of Seven Sisters Waterfall (Grenada): Water falling into a small pond at the Seven Sisters waterfalls
Picture of Seven Sisters Waterfall (Grenada): River below Honeymoon Falls
Picture of Seven Sisters Waterfall (Grenada): The lowest fall of the Seven Sisters
Picture of Seven Sisters Waterfall (Grenada): The waterfalls of the Seven Sisters
Picture of Seven Sisters Waterfall (Grenada): River near Honeymoon Falls
Picture of Seven Sisters Waterfall (Grenada): Idyllic Honeymoon Falls at the end of a hike through water and over rocks
Picture of Seven Sisters Waterfall (Grenada): On the way to Honeymoon Falls, you have to wade through a river
Picture of Seven Sisters Waterfall (Grenada): The easy part of the trail to the waterfalls

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