The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Walking the North Coast
|Pan Caribe Tours|
|$780||camping, rustic lodging, tourist hotels|
The Route: A week of rugged hiking along an old donkey trail from Mount Plaisir to the small coastal fishing village of Blanchisseuse. You'll traverse beaches and rainforest, climb 3,072-foot El Tucuche, and finish up with a stay at a guesthouse- and tea-garden-endowed Benedictine monastery.
When to go: Year-round
Travel advisory: Try to book a trip for April or May to catch both the dry season (January-May) and leatherback-turtle nesting window (April-August).
- Spotting the brilliantly copper-rumped and blue-chinned namesakes of the place the Arawaks called Iere, or Hummingbird Land.
- If you go during the wet season (June-December), glimpsing a waterborne giant anaconda as you both swim across a rain-swelled river.