Once arriving in Dominica we didn’t hang around before exploring. Myself, Ann & Friso headed into town after lunch, did some souvenir shopping then headed out to the Trafalgar Falls. To get to the falls we had to take a bus, that was jammed with nearly 30 people in a minibus that should have only seated half of that, all the way to the end of the line to the falls. When we arrived at the falls we were greeted by a giant mural on the wall leading up to the carpark. We should probably have paid an entrance fee but there was no one around in the visitor centre, and nothing blocking our way, so we just continued on through.
The walk from the visitor centre up to the viewing area wasn’t too long, probably only about 5 minutes, but the path undulated quite a lot. Luckily there were steps where the path rose and fell. On the path we did come across a small group of 4 people chatting away but none of them stopped us or asked if we had paid an entrance fee. The path we were walking on had recently been partially destroyed by the recent hurricane that hit Dominica but good progress had already been made in restoring and upgrading it. Even though the sun was beating down on us we could hardly feel it due to the low lying canopy that sheltered the path, all the way from start to end.
When we finally reached the end of the path we were met with the most amazing view of the falls. We were expecting only 1 waterfall but there are actually 2 separate falls, Father (left) and Son (right), that make up the Trafalgar Falls. As you do, we stood and admired the falls for some time, taking pictures and just taking in the view.
After admiring the falls from the designated viewing area we decided to venture further as we knew there was no one around. There were a few steps leading down from the viewing area towards the base of the falls, there was a sign which clearly read “Please do not proceed any further” which we promptly ignored. We did have to do some climbing over some rather sizeable rocks to get to where we wanted to be, but that made it all the more fun and rewarding. We found a couple of locations where we just sat for a short while to take pictures. The first was closer to the base of the smaller (Son) falls where I asked Ann to take a picture of me sat looking at the falls, for my Instagram.
The second place we sat was at the edge of a small pool at the base of the larger (Father) falls. The water didn’t look clean enough to enter and swim in so we just sat on the edge and took some more pictures. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of my feet with the falls, do I have a problem? Probably. From there we clambered our way back to the steps, got our shoes and bags back on and headed back down to the visitor centre.
Just as we got back to the viewing area another couple of people had arrived and were making their way towards the steps we had just emerged from. They promptly ignored the sign as well, and made their way down to the base of the falls just like we had done.
We didn’t pass anyone else on our way back from the falls so felt really lucky that we had the place to ourselves for as long as we did. Upon returning to the visitor centre there was still no one around so we hastily made our way back down to the nearby village to get the bus back down to where we had started our trip and back to the boat.
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