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Trinidad, Tropical FloraThe Caribbean and Central America offers some of the finest hiking in the world. Hiking or walking brings you closest to the unique beauty and diversity of the region.

In some countries, you can join a free organised hike, follow one of the many marked trails or hire a guide. Trails vary in difficulty from leisurely 20-minute walks to a full day's journey up steep and difficult terrain.

Go on a flamingo watch or join a birdwatching hike and take delight in the sight of some of the most colourful and rare birds in the world. Exotic plants and animals abound. Then, after a hard descent, cool off in a whirlpool at the foot of a cascading waterfall.

Here's just a few of our favorite hikes (level 1 - easy to level 5 - very difficult):

Brownsberg Nature Park, Suriname
Some great trails in this relatively unspoilt primary rainforest with an abundance of endemic flora and fauna. Various degrees of hiking difficulty here. Level 1 to level 5.

Boiling Lake Hike, Dominica
A day roundtrip marathon up and down the mountains of Dominica to the Boiling lake, the world's second-largest soltafara lake. Bubbling mudpots. Level 5.

El Yunque, Puerto Rico
The hike to El Yunque Peak allows a glimpse of all the main tropical forest types on a single walk. Compared to many mountain walks, it's not too difficult. Hikes vary from Level 1 to Level 5.

Pico Duarte Ascent, Dominican Republic
At 10,700 feet, this is the Caribbean's highest peak. Plan on spending two days on this hike. Trails wind through forests of broadleaf trees, ferns and pines. Level 5 difficulty.

The Quill, St. Eustatius
Well maintanied trails up to the crater of this extinct volcano. Two hour climb. Level 2 difficulty. Custom tours are available from Kings Well.

Grand Etang Forest Reserve, Grenada
Several hiking trails through stands of gommier tress, wild orchids and the endemic Grand Etang fern. Look out for the mongoose and nine-banded armadillo. Hikes at Grand Etang range from easy 15-minute jaunts to rigorous expeditions of several hours. The trails are quite good, and the Forest Reserve provides excellent guides. Level 1 to level 4.

Asa Wright Nature Center, Trinidad
Nature trails wind through bird display grounds, rainforests and fruit-tree groves. Lots of hummingbirds and morpho butterflies. Fairly easy walking (level 1) for the most part.

Mount Scenery, Saba
Stretches over half a mile or so into the sky, and invites climbers to conquer the more than 1000 stone steps to its summit, the highest peak in the "Kingdom of the Netherlands." Level 2 difficulty.

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