The west wing of the butterfly-shaped island is just a few feet away from Grande-Terre, yet so different. Separated from Grande-Terre by a narrow sea channel called la Rivière Salée, the Basse-Terre region is a cluster of hiking trails, verdant mountains, natural hot springs, fabulous rainforests, rivers and waterfalls. Much of the interior is protected within Guadeloupe National Park, a biosphere reserve with an extraordinary biodiversity, while the beaches around the island offer an incredible variety of sand colours depending on how close they are to the volcano. Basse-Terre is also widely marked by history and culture; it is home to archaeological sites such as Le Parc des Roches Gravées, Hindu temples and Catholic churches as well as military forts. It is definitely a true paradise for those who love the outdoors, trekking and canyoning.
You will meet up with your guide at the location of your choice (hotel, airport or cruise port) and begin with a discussion of which attractions you want to visit. Together, you can plan an itinerary that encompasses all of the must-see landmarks and highlights according to your group's interests. Throughout the day, you'll get personalized attention from your guide and enjoy the chance to ask plenty of questions. You get to pick one of the following routes:Northern route in the Basse-Terre region: 8:00am departure from your hotel Route de la Traversée and Cascade aux écrevisses 09:45am Visit The Cousteau Underwater Marine Reserve, in glass bottom boat. 12:15 pm Lunch in a traditional restaurant Beach stop in Deshaies 2:30pm Visit The Botanical Garden 4:00pm Photo stop at Deshaies (Grande-Anse) 4:30pm Return to your hotel Southern route in the Basse-Terre region: 07:30-08:30: Departure from your hotel 10:00 am: Visit of the engraved rocks park in Trois-Rivières (volcanic rocks engraved by the Amerindians with the symbols of their civilization inside a botanical garden). 10:45am Photo stop on the southern tip of the Basse Terre region, with an impressive view on Les Saintes (possibility of swimming) 11:15 am: Basse Terre Market 12.30: Lunch at a traditional restaurant 2:00pm: 2nd Carbet Waterfall (45mn walk) 3:00pm: Photo stop at The Dumanoir alley 4:00pm: Back to the hotel The Tour Includes the Following: - A lunch : local food tasting. - Commented visits by a professional tour guide. - Guadeloupe history and culture along the way. - A swimming in our island's turquoise water or in one of our refreshing rivers.