Parc Zoologique et Botanique de la Guadeloupe (Zoological and Botanical Park of Guadeloupe)#12 in Best Things To Do in Guadeloupe
A wildlife-lover's paradise, Basse-Terre's Parc Zoologique et Botanique de la Guadeloupe (Zoological and Botanical Park of Guadeloupe) boasts rare and endangered species, including Ti raccoons, iguanas, and parrots. For a bird's-eye view of tropical flora and fauna, stroll across the park's tree top walks (suspended bridges elevated over 65 feet above the ground). If you would prefer to stay grounded, stroll through the serene botanical garden, which features wild orchids and flamboyant tropical trees.
Most travelers agree Guadeloupe National Park is Basse-Terre's main attraction, and the zoo serves as an extra bonus for hikers. "This zoo is more like a tropical forest hike with animals on the side," explains one TripAdvisor user.
You'll find Parc Zoologique et Botanique de la Guadeloupe located inside the Parc National de la Guadeloupe along the route de la Traversée (D 23) in Basse-Terre. The park welcomes visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with last admission at 4:30 p.m. Park entrance costs €14.50 EUR (or $19 USD) for adults and €8.50 EUR (about $11 USD) for children ages three through 12; children ages three and under can enter for free. If you would like to explore many sites within the park, consider purchasing a nature pass for €22.50 EUR (approximately $29.50 USD), which grants access to the zoo, an aquarium, and Chutes de Carbet (the park's three tallest and most impressive waterfalls). For additional information, consult the zoo and botanical garden's official website (written in French).
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#1 Parc National de la Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe National Park)
Tucked amid Basse-Terre's verdant mountain landscape sits the Parc National de la Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe National Park), a 74,100-acre rainforest filled with picturesque traces (walking trails). The park's trails brush past lush forest foliage, magnificent waterfalls, and the summit of La Soufrière volcano. The trails range from short- to long-distance routes that vary in difficulty. Before you strap on your hiking gear, you'll want to pick up a Guide to the National Park brochure from the Guadeloupe tourism office (located in St. Claude, Basse-Terre) to map out your journey. If you would prefer to admire the park's natural splendors from behind the wheel, drive along the route de la Traversée, a scenic 16-mile road that cuts through the forest.
Recent travelers recommend packing bug spray and snacks for the trip. One TripAdvisor user notes, "The area is kept very natural and the hiking trails are well-marked [...] Remember to bring proper foot wear as the trails can be muddy if it has been raining."
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