Located on the island of Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe National Park was created in 1989, becoming the first French national park in the overseas territories. It aims to preserve the nature of the Antilles and its fauna and flora, both marine and terrestrial. The park covers nearly 22,000 hectares, including 17,300 hectares of tropical forest and 3,700 hectares in a humid and marine environment.
Some of the most beautiful natural sites of Guadeloupe are located in this area. Thus, you can discover the famous Soufrière volcano, the highest peak of the Lesser Antilles at 1,467 metres in altitude, the magnificent and impressive Carbet falls or the exotic nature reserve of the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin. Nearly 300 kilometres of trails allow visitors to explore this fabulous heritage. It's a delight for hiking enthusiasts in search of unspoilt countryside! Guadeloupe National Park is also full of impressive local wildlife and attentive walkers may meet racoons, mongoose, hummingbirds, brown pelicans, or stick insects.
Located along the famous Route de la Traversée, a road whose 17 km itinerary connects Petit-Bourg to Pointe-Noire, the Forest House (Maison de la Forêt) allows visitors to learn a little more about this lush natural environment. On the outskirts of this site is a nice picnic area located along the Bras-David river, as well as the starting point of a discovery trail that crosses a wooden bridge. A little further along the Route de la Traversée, in the direction of Petit-Bourg, lies the starting point of a landscaped path leading to the Crayfish Waterfall (Cascade aux Écrevisses). A short, easy walk, ideal for families with children, which in ten minutes takes you to the pretty waterfall, nestled in an extremely green environment.