Bus Excursions - Real Tobago & Trinidad
Duration: Half Day
Travel like the natives during your holiday in Trinidad by hopping on a maxi-taxi from the capital Port of Spain in the east to the cultural city of Arima in the west. This tour will take you along the Priority Bus Route through the East-West Corridor, driving through rural villages and passing lush valleys, mountain peaks and secluded beaches on the way. This is a wonderful way to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery on the island.
One of the best ways to enjoy the highlights of Trinidad is to hire a car, but travelling by bus or maxi-taxi (small bus) will open your eyes to a whole new island experience. One of the most memorable bus trips on the island has to be along the Priority Bus Route, which runs parallel to the Eastern Main Road (EMR) approximately 28km from Port of Spain to Arima. This is one of the easiest, quickest and cheapest ways to tour the East-West "Corridor" of Trinidad, the main route between the east and west coasts of the island. Although busy and congested, the EMR is the gateway to the natural and historic treasures of the Northern Range foothills.
One of the most popular places to visit on the way is St Joseph, the island’s first capital until 1784 and the oldest town in Trinidad and Tobago. The quaint streets are a delight to explore as they are lined with elegant colonial French and Spanish architecture. Some of the town highlights include the early19th century St Joseph’s Cathedral, the elaborate Mohammed Al Jinnah Memorial Mosque and George Earl Park, the old Spanish town square.
Other must-see attractions along the East-West Corridor include El Cerro del Aripo, Trinidad’s highest peak; the Asa Wright Nature Centre, Maracas Valley Waterfall and the scenic rural villages of Lopinot, Caura and Blanchisseuse. Many other towns and villages can also be found on the way, one of the most popular being the city of Arima at the end of the route in the foothills of the Northern Range. This unique cultural centre is home to the Santa Rosa Community of Amerindian descendants, the only one of its kind in the country. The Amerindians were indigenous people who settled on the island in the late 1700s.
A visit to the city will give you a fascinating insight into their culture as well as the history of Trinidad and Tobago. Many beautiful bays, caves and historic sites can also be visited along the route, including Paria Beach, Maracas Bay, the extensive Aripo Caves and Mount St Benedict Monastery. This tour is one of the best ways to get off the beaten track and experience the ‘real’ Trinidad during your Caribbean holiday.
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