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Madamas River— A fascinating natural resource

Saturday, April 14, 2012
Negotiating the still but treacherous Madamas River.


One of the most fascinating natural resources of the Northern Range is the Madamas River. Located nine miles west of Matelot and ten miles east of Blanchisseuse, the river boasts countless waterfalls, gorges and basins. The main source of the river comes from some of the most remote regions of the Northern Range, the El Chiquero forest located eight miles to the east of Brasso Seco/Paria Village. The river is unspoiled and the ten-mile exploration involves jumping into pools, climbing over huge boulders and swimming through quarter-mile gorges. At the mouth, where the Madamas Beach is situated, the crashing waves and serenity of the atmosphere feels heavenly. 
The beach is a popular spot for campers who have the determination to hike from Matelot or Blanchisseuse, and at night leather back turtles coming ashore to nest add to the attraction. The natural beauty of the seascape is preserved, since accessing Madamas Beach is limited to trekkers. There is no jetty and the rough waves make it difficult for boats to come ashore. Today from 5 am, Fitness Walkers, led by Dan Jaggernaught, will explore the terrain, beginning at Brasso Seco Visitors Centre and consist of four legs that includes a sleep out at Paria Beach.
About the hike
Leg one: Two-hour hike from village to reach river at Macajuel Pond.
Leg two: Eight-ten hours river exploration to Madamas Bay.
Leg three: Three-hour hike from Madamas to Paria Bay.
Leg four: Three-hour return hike from Paria Bay to Brasso Seco Village.


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