TH booked a guided tour to the Seven Sisters Waterfall in Grand Etang National Park in Grenada. While the ~45 min trail to Seven Sisters Waterfall was well-maintained, we never would have found Honeymoon Falls without our guide. The hike to the waterfalls in Grenada was well-worth it, and the swim in their pools made it even better.
Our guide, Lenox, picked us up in his taxi and drove us to the Grand Etang National Park located in a different parish than Laluna. Lenox embodied Grenada’s friendly spirit; he expertly navigated the roads which were too narrow for any sort of traffic while explaining the island’s history, culture, and flora. He favored quizzing us, especially on fruit identification. So many of the trees in Grenada bear fruit — breadfruit, nutmeg & mace, cotton (on a tree?!), cocoa, the list goes on. I learned a lot!
When we arrived in the park, the air immediately got cooler and more humid. We had entered the rain forest. I noted that there was a lot of bamboo. Lenox grimaced. He explained that Grenada had introduced bamboo on the island for industry purposes, but he was afraid that eventually they would not be able to control it. That’s unfortunate.
Our first quick stop was Grand Etang Lake, a lake formed by the crater of an extinct volcano. Tilapia, Koi, and other fishies mobbed the bread that Lenox dropped for them.
We then drove further into the park to begin our hike. Lenox pointed out some sensitive mimosa that quickly and temporarily crinkled when you touched it. We tasted pigeon peas. We smelled mace. We stopped, closed our eyes, and listened to all the sounds. I applauded Lenox on his ability to showcase Grenada using all of our senses. It pleased him that I noticed.
The trail was well-maintained. Where it was very steep, there were stairs or other features dug in to help you. We crossed streams with loose stones. The sun shone in a different spots through the canopy highlighting different plants and areas.
I just gotten done reading Jurassic Park, so I was a bit unnerved by the large flora. Was there perhaps large fauna?
Mona Monkeys in Grenada
The Grand Etang National Park has a Mona monkey population reaching in the thousands. Originally from western Africa, the monkeys arrived to Grenada via slave ships. The local signage encouraged you to give fruit to the monkeys and not hunt them.
Monkeys really are not my thing. They make me uncomfortable. But I told TH I would hang out with monkeys since he did yoga. Unfortunately on the day we came, the park employees were using loud leaf blowers. Lenox said during park maintenance days, the monkeys venture further into the rain forest to not be disturbed. We could hear them chirping and barking, but it was distant. No monkeys disappointed TH, but I was secretly relieved. (Travelogged actually wrote about meeting a Mona monkey).
Seven Sisters Waterfalls in Grenada
The Seven Sisters Falls was big and well worth the hike. There were a couple of families enjoying themselves. You can swim in the pools of Seven Sister Falls, but Lenox had another plan in mind.
When no one was watching (so “other guides couldn’t piggy-back on his tour!”), we slipped away to a non-evident trail to another set of hidden falls. At one point, Lenox had us take off our shoes so we could climb a minor waterfall and up a stream. When we arrived, in true Lenox fashion, he pointed out that the shape of the pool was a heart and made us guess the name of the falls.
Lenox was excited to learn that we actually were in Grenada for our honeymoon. Happy coincidence.
TH and I loved our adventure into the rain forests of Grenada. Before TH secretly booked our honeymoon, we discussed that we wanted a place to unwind, but also to explore. Grenada was a perfect mixture of relaxation and exploration.
If you’d like to learn more about the waterfalls in Grenada, Grenada Explorer has a good rundown with a blog.
Those waterfalls are gorgeous! And you’re hot – I need to get my abs to look like yours! 🙂
Thanks! 🙂 I definitely want to see those waterfalls in Tallulah Gorge you have on your blog right now. They look awesome.
Beautiful!! Sorry Josh didn’t get to see any monkeys, I know he would have loved that!!
Definitely! We will have to make sure our next exotic destination also has monkeys… 🙂
Josh, you have nice abs too. 🙂
Haha! I’ll let him know!