Zoo de Guadeloupe au Parc des Mamelles#19 in Best Things To Do in Guadeloupe
A wildlife-lover's paradise, Basse-Terre's Zoo de Guadeloupe au Parc des Mamelles boasts rare and endangered species, including Ti raccoons, iguanas, red pandas and parrots. In fact, more than 450 animals are spread across its nearly 10 acres. For a bird's-eye view of tropical flora and fauna, stroll across the park's treetop walks (suspended bridges elevated 65 feet above the ground). This was a particular highlight for recent visitors. If you would prefer to stay grounded, stroll through the serene botanical garden, which features wild orchids and flamboyant tropical trees.
Most recent travelers agreed Guadeloupe National Park is Basse-Terre's main attraction, and the zoo serves as an extra bonus for hikers.
You'll find the zoo located inside the Parc National de la Guadeloupe along the route de la Traversee (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 15.50 euros (or $17) for visitors 13 and older and 9 euros (about $10) for children ages 3 through 12; children ages 2 and younger can enter for free. For additional information, consult the zoo's official website.
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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 Soufriere 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 Traversee, a scenic 16-mile road that cuts through the forest.
Recent travelers recommended packing bug spray and snacks for the trip and said there is plenty to see and do in the park. Reviewers also warn that the park is muddy – plan to wear shoes with good traction.
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