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Wonders of Guadeloupe

Rainforest in Guadeloupe
Rainforest in Guadeloupe / Guillaume Cattiaux, / CC BY-SA 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

These islands are rich in natural landmarks. One can walk here through the primeval Caribbean rainforest, reach the summit of the tallest mountain in the Lesser Antilles, enjoy several impressive waterfalls and interesting petroglyphs.

In the lush rainforest of Guadeloupe, on the slopes of Soufrière volcano has formed the most spectacular waterfall in the Lesser Antilles – Carbet Falls.

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WorldViolet Top 19 wonders of Guadeloupe

Geological wonders

Carbet Falls

Magnificent waterfall with a total height of 245 m. Fall has three steps, the tallest is 115 m high.

Carbet Falls, Guadeloupe
Carbet Falls / gωen, / CC BY-SA 2.0
Gueule Grand Gouffre

Sinkhole and natural arch that have been formed by the action of sea waves. The diameter of the sinkhole is some 50 m, depth of up to 30 m.

Trou de Madame Coco

This grotto was formed by the sea wave action. The cave is not accessible, with violent waves. Site of legends.

Trou de Madame Coco, Guadeloupe
Trou de Madame Coco / Tux-Man, / public domain
Ecrevisses Falls

Beautiful waterfall. Water slides along a cliff in a basin, the height of falls is approximately 10 m.

Saut de la LĂ©zarde

Gorgeous, approximately 15 m tall waterfall that falls directly into a large pool.

Moreau Falls

Approximately 100 m tall waterfall with several closely located steps.

Pain de sucre, Terre de Haut

Geological curiosity – a spectacular peninsula that is formed from vertical basalt columns.

Acomat Falls

Picturesque waterfall that slides along the cliff face into a basin.

Archaeological wonders

Parc Archeologique des Roches Gravees

Garden with a collection of boulders with diverse prehistoric petroglyphs.

Grotte du Morne Rita

Many boulders in this cave contain petroglyphs, and carvings are found on the walls as well.

Abri Patate petroglyph site

Group of petroglyphs in a grotto – prehistoric shelter. Exquisite carving of the face in a stalactite.

Propriété Derussy petroglyph site

A large group of petroglyphs, on 76 boulders have been found some 258 petroglyphs. Some rocks seem to be placed in a circular pattern.

Anse des Galets petroglyph site

Group of interesting petroglyphs. Notable are two especially large cliff carvings that seem to depict a man and a woman delivering a child.

Du Plessis River petroglyph sites

In several locations, boulders along the river are adorned with prehistoric engravings. One drawing depicts a humanlike face with large ears.

Petroglyph at Du Plessis River, Guadeloupe
Petroglyph at Du Plessis River / Philippe Cosentino, / CC BY-SA 3.0
Blanchard Cave

A small cave with important Pre-Columbian artifacts and remnants of extinct animals.

Architecture wonders

Fort Delgrès

Large fortification of huge historical importance. Its construction started in 1650, mostly constructed in the 18th century. Numerous fierce battles have taken place here.

Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul church

Ornate catholic church in Neo-Baroque – Neo-Classical style, built in 1843.

Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul church, Guadeloupe
Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul church / Aristoi, / CC BY-SA 3.0
Notre-Dame-de-Guadeloupe cathedral

Exquisite Baroque church, constructed in 1736.

Fort Napoléon

Impressive French built fortifications on a small island. Finished in 1867, never used in warfare. Served as a prison, now – a museum surrounded by botanical gardens.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Ulysses Guadeloupe

The only guidebook for this destination in the French West Indies. The charm of this dramatically beautiful Caribbean island is revealed along winding picturesque roads through typical villages and towns. Color plates to help you identify birds.

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