First white man to see these falls was… Christopher Columbus. In November 4, 1493 he and his team headed towards the newly discovered island, heading towards the incredibly tall waterfall in the jungle covered mountains of this island. Initially he used the Carib name of this island – Caroucaera, but later renamed to Santa María de Guadalupe.
Waterfall has three major steps. Upper step starts at the elevation of some 900 m. This cascade is the tallest – some 115 m tall (many sources mention that it is more than 125 m tall).
Second drop is 110 m tall. Next to the drop the rock is unstable, part of it collapsed in 2004. Due to this the access to the upper drop is closed for now. Near the base of second drop can be found some hot springs.
Lower cascade is 20 m tall and has the greatest water volume of all waterfalls in Guadeloupe.
This waterfall is one of most popular tourist attractions on the island.
Carbet Falls on the map
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|Location, GPS coordinates:||18.0726 N 63.1189 W|
|Where is located?||North America, Caribbean, Guadeloupe, Capesterre-Belle-Eau commune, eastern slope of La Grande Soufrière volcano|
|Name in French:||Les chutes du Carbet, La sault du Carbet|
|Height:||> 245 m|
|Tallest drop:||> 115 m|
These islands are rich with natural landmarks. One can walk here through primeval Caribbean rainforest, reach the summit of the tallest mountain in Lesser Antilles, enjoy several impressive waterfalls and interesting petroglyphs.
So… Welcome to Guadeloupe, the paradise island in the Caribbean Sea with a French touch!
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