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Walks and hikes

May13

Acomat’s Leap is one of the numerous and magnificent waterfalls of Guadeloupe.
It is situated at Black Point, at the place called ‘Les Plaines’ (The Plains) just before the Caribbean beach.
After taking the direction for Acomat, turn right at the small chapel and go down the road to park where the road forks.

Once you have left your vehicle, you have a short 15 minute walk before arriving at the river which you should cross and then follow to reach this famous waterfall and enjoy the sublime setting.

The water is a gorgeous emerald green colour!

Enjoy a swim in the pool hollowed out by nature in the stone!

Ensure you are well equipped and wear good hiking boots; the ground is quite steep in places with one particularly steep slope.
Picnics are authorised, although there is not an equipped picnic site, and it is a popular and friendly place for Guadeloupians to meet with friends or family for picnicking at weekends in the shade of the tropical forest.
You can swim here but diving is absolutely forbidden. Rockslides have created piles of rocks in the pool so diving is actually very dangerous here. Ensure you check the weather forecast before you visit this place. The river water level can rise rapidly when it rains and it is not recommended to visit this area in heavy rain as you may find yourself stranded.

May13

The ‘Saut de la Lézarde’…. A waterfall about ten metres high that falls into a pool of around 25 metres diameter !

Lizard’s Leap is one of the most beautiful sites of Guadeloupe !

Its name originates from the winding shape of the river through the tropical forest leading to the waterfall, like the shape of a lizard’s path. Lizard’s Leap is situated in the parish of Petit Bourg.

The waterfalls at the ‘Lézarde’ could be described as dreamlike, you have the feeling that you are in a film and that Indiana Jones could suddenly emerge at any time !

Apart from the muddy and slippery track, or ‘trace’ (a hiking path is called a ‘Trace’ in Guadeloupe), the walk itself is very pleasant. There is plenty to see along the path leading to the waterfall and its pool.

We only come upon the waterfall and its pool at the last moment, it suddenly comes into full view… the sight is truly breathtaking !

The waterfall pours into a magnificent pool in which it is highly recommended to bathe and refresh yourself before your return.

The deep green luxuriant vegetation surrounding and above the pool, and the little streams running here and there, further enhance the beauty of this location…

The beginning of the hike is from the car park of an abandoned restaurant (to get there take the ‘Route de la Traversée’ in the direction of Vernou, then follow the signs for ‘Hauteurs Lézarde’. At the crossing, turn right. Watch carefully for a wooden sign indicating the direction of the waterfall. Stop at number 11 and park your vehicle at the side of the road.)
From there a path leads down to the waterfall. Take care as this path is always muddy and slippery; ensure you are wearing strong hiking boots!
The path is not marked by signs but is still easy to follow due to all the footprints of previous visitors. It will take approximately a half hour to reach the waterfall, the path descends by around 80 metres overall.
The return is by the same path and takes less than a half hour.
The walk is fairly easy although the slope can be fairly steep at times.

It should be noted that access has been officially closed for years now… It is therefore extremely important that you take care and remain prudent, follow the track carefully !

On your return from the hike, why not take a few moments to relax in the hammock on your bungalow terrace at Piton Bungalows !

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