Parc National de la Guadeloupe

Basse-Terre Island

Guadeloupe's only national park is an absolute stunner, covering much of the interior of Basse-Terre and including such sights as the Chutes du Carbet waterfall and La Soufrière, the active volcano that soars over the island. There's a large number of well-signed and well-maintained hiking paths and the Maison de la Forêt information centre, which is conveniently located in the middle of the park on the Route de la Traversée.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Basse-Terre Island attractions

1. Cascade aux Ecrevisses

1.83 MILES

This idyllic jungle waterfall drops from a Basse-Terre mountainside into a small riverside pool where you can swim. It's a wonderful and therefore popular…

2. Valombreuse Floral Park

2.91 MILES

Nestled in the hills west of Petit-Bourg, this mature 14-hectare botanical garden includes a wide range of tropical plants and flowers, a palmery, and…

3. Zoo de Guadeloupe

5.53 MILES

One of Guadeloupe's must-sees, this excellent zoo, high in the mountains of Basse-Terre, combines animal enclosures with a jungle adventure. Follow the…

4. Saut d'Acomat

6.98 MILES

A short drive inland from the Maison du Cacao, this waterfall and deep pool are one of Basse-Terre's most accessible beauty spots. Cool off in the rushing…

5. La Soufrière

7.52 MILES

Active volcano La Soufrière (1467m) looms above Basse-Terre's southern half. For an adventurous 1¾-hour hike to the sulfurous, moonscape-like summit, a…

6. Chutes du Carbet

7.74 MILES

Unless it’s overcast, the drive up to the Chutes du Carbet lookout gives a view of two magnificent waterfalls plunging down a sheer mountain face. From…

7. Réserve Cousteau

7.78 MILES

Jacques Cousteau brought Pigeon Island to international attention by declaring it to be one of the world’s top dive areas, and the waters surrounding the…

8. Maison du Cacao

8.03 MILES

One of Basse-Terre's most enjoyable attractions, the Maison du Cacao is for anyone who loves their chocolate. Presentations in English take place at 10am,…