TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
EL CAMINO LAUNCHES TRINIDAD & TOBAGO IN 2016
JUNE 12-19, 2016 // 7 NIGHTS + 8 DAYS
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $2900 | LATE SIGN UP: $3150
Back in August, cofounders Katalina + Marianna were invited by the Trinidad & Tobago Tourism Development Company (TDC) to take a deep dive into the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad & Tobago. Some might first ask, where is Trinidad & Tobago?
Trinidad is a mere 7 miles off the coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean and the twin island destination offers a plethora of activities for every type of traveler. What is Trinidad & Tobago most known for? It is the birthplace of steelpan, calypso, and soca not to mention the place to be for Carnival.
Not only does Trinidad & Tobago have a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna incomparable to other Caribbean islands, the diversity of culture is just as colorful and appealing. There is a real melting pot of cultures, including Africans, Indians, Chinese, Lebanese, and Spanish just to name a few.
The beauty of the landscape and people are both so unique and intoxicating that after a week in Trinidad & Tobago, we knew El Camino had to return.
We started our trip on Tobago, the smaller of the two islands. Tobago is a sleepy island with a lush landscape that reaches all the way to waters edge. This is where you can unplug. It feels undiscovered, wild, and the crystal clear waters have you wondering if you've been spoiled for life.
If you are not snorkeling or sunbathing at the beaches, you can head deeper into the island and hike through the jungle to pristine waterfalls that will help you cool down from the tropical heat.
Once you pinch yourself and realize you are not in an Indiana Jones movie, or in any other fantastical tropical dream, you will thank your lucky stars and have your mind continually blown once you head to Pigeon Point.
From this dock we embarked on an afternoon to Nylon Pool and 'No Man's Land." Situated offshore, Nylon Pool is a shallow white coral "pool" accessible by boat where people gather and anchor to enjoy music, drinks, and the landscape. Think tropical beach bar in the middle of the ocean.
Once hunger began to set in, we landed at "No Man's Land," a deserted beach strip for a beach BBQ. Grilled fresh fish, rice, chicken, corn, and veggies were prepared by locals right on the sand.
After fully relaxing in Tobago, we took the short (20-30 min) flight to Trinidad to continue the adventure. Here we jumped off cliffs into emerald pools, swam in caves, saw scarlet ibis birds, danced to steelpan, learned the art of "wining," hit up the local food scene, released baby leatherback turtles into the ocean, repelled down a waterfall, met a shaman, and basically couldn't even digest how awesome our trip was.
LOCAL LINGO + FAVORITES
WHAT IS WINING?
The local dance that is provocative, popular, and where hip gyration is key. *We loved it.
WHAT IS SOCA?
Also known as the soul of calypso, soca music originated within the marginalized subculture of Trinidad & Tobago in the late 1970's and was developed from an offshoot of kaiso/calypso, with influences from cadence, funk, and soul.
WHAT IS STEELPAN?
THIS is steelpan.
WHAT IS A DOUBLE?
A Trini street food favorite, a double is curried chickpeas sandwiched between flat fried bread topped with mango, cucumber, coconut, or tamarind.