Compte de Loppinot Historical Complex or Count Lopinot's House (the area is now known as Lopinot rather than Loppinot) is located at the top of the Lopinot Valley in East Trinidad. The area, famous for its Spanish roots, was so named for Charles Joseph, Compte de Loppinot, a general of the French army during the revolution. Today, the Lopinot...more
Take a drive through some of the towns and see the hussle and bustle of everyday life.Watch out for the very narrow streets as you pass by. Trinidad's population is a blend of Indians, Africans, and Europeans. A mix that has produced some very good looking people. There is also some very interesting architecture in the older communities.more
When you are in Trinidad the best food does not come from a restaurant but for the vendor selling "doubles" on the street corner.
Our driver knew the very best ones and would stop early every morning to buy us some for our lunch.
Doubles were invented in Trinidad and still are sold exclusively there with the exception of a few of lesser quality in Tobago.
"Doubles" (curried chick peas on fried flat bread with mango chutney) YUMMMM
We thought it would be best to hire a driver that knew the streets since they have very few signs outside of the city.Lucky for us, the guesthouse where we stayed furnished a car and driver on request.It cost a bit more than driving ourselves but it was well worth it.more
Flat bottom outboard motorboats ply the narrow channels of the Caroni mangove swamps. At almost dusk the boatman will take you out to a large opening and you will sit very quietly and wait.Eventually the birds start to arrive in large numbers. Soon the bushes are full of red dots that look like flowers.The Ibisis are not seen all day long and it is...more
Indian immigrant Siew Dass Sadhu has become somewhat of a legend in Trinidad and Tobago. He has a $1.5 million temple in the sea named after him and a pristine statue of himself clad in a dhoti, (loincloth) standing reverently at the top of a pedestal at the entrance to the temple.more
Trinidad’s Caroni Swamp features densely packed nesting colonies of cattle egrets, snowy egrets, and scarlet ibises. These are just a few of the species associated with mangrove forests. Others include blue and green herons, black-bellied whistling ducks, and jacanas.
This makes for some excellent birding but do be careful of getting to close to the branches in the mangroves because a snake may be sleeping there.
Lightweight cotton clothing is the most comfortable thing to wear.
June to August are the wettest months so if you are coming at that time it would be best to bring a poncho.
Miscellaneous: Due to Trinidad's southerly location temperatures do not change much from month to month. Highs are around 88 F(31c) and lows are around 72F(22C). Humidity ranges from 78-83% most of the year.
I know you think I have lost my mind by telling you to go to the oil refinery for the day but behind all those tanks, down a dirt road, there is a surprise in store for you.Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust is hidden back there. It is a research and conservation centre dedicated to protecting endangered waterfowl and birds.It is very relaxing with its...more
You could go to the Petrotrin oil refinery for the day.You will have a problem getting past the guard unless you have called a couple of days ahead to make arrangements.The only way we were able to get in was our driver was very persuasive and told the guard that my husband was from Egypt and I was from New York.more