Our destination this weekend led to Penal, located in south Trinidad, here we visited the Mud Volcano and explored the beach.
I have seen many people online visiting this site and partaking in the mud baths, not too particular about the mud baths but always up for an adventure.
Meeting up with some friends we started our journey to the south lands, using technology (google maps) we followed the quickest route to the destination Bunsee Trace, Penal.
Haven’t really been to south much so plenty of the places were new to us, especially driving to the end of the new highway enjoying the scenery.
Along the way passing through Debe, we encountered a little traffic, as consumers of doubles were parked alongside the roads.
Long lines and big smiles as they enjoyed their lunch time doubles on the pavement.
One hour and about ten minutes after starting our journey, on Bunsee Trace we started on a dirt road, which seems to be a farming area, with lots of gardens on either side, which led us into the pines.
Five minutes into the pine we would park and continue by foot, because the road was impassable even for average 4×4.
This due to tractors using the road to transport produce and leaving big tracks in the mud.
Took us about fifteen minutes before coming to the street sign, showing the directions of the volcano and the beach.
Truly an amazing sight to see the open fields of corn and other vegetation from the hill side.
Another five minutes and to the entrance of the mud volcano site, the place was clean and well kept, clearly CEPEP working up there.
The location was filled with a lot of history, with sheds laden with artifacts like the clay outdoor stove.
The main attraction of course, the very big Mud Volcano at the top of the hill, with its grey color mud, just slowly bubbling, and flowing downhill.
The mud from the volcano was cool and has a different texture from normal mud, you can also smell the Sulphur in the mud.
One of the crew ventured to take a dip in the smaller pool down the hill, she explained it was cool, and she could float easy in the mud.
After taking sliding down hill and taking face mask in the mud we ventured to find the beach.
From the road sign, it was a mere thirty minutes through the pines then into the Forrest until we came out on the shoreline.
Like most of the south beaches the water was brown in color, maybe because it also had two rivers on either side of where we were.
A bit of a disappointment, but it could also be the time of the year we went.
Nevertheless we had to was out our mud and then head back to the vehicles.
The beach seems to be a frequent spot, as you can see a lot of garbage along the trail leading to it.
I mean as humans we can be very disgusting at times.
In all it was a fun day, exploring new places, and learning about my country.
I would go back for a dip in the mud sometime soon.