The Caribbean's first long-distance hiking trail runs 115 miles (185km), south to north. Fourteen segments break it into manageable day hikes—important for rule-followers, as camping is tolerated but not technically legal in reserves and national parks. Brace for lofty peaks, precipitous valleys, and riotous tangles of rain forest vegetation on this trek, which bears the island's original indigenous name, meaning "tall her body." Consider hiring a local guide for expert advice on trekking this steep, corrugated landscape, which Christopher Columbus once described by simply crumpling up a ball of paper.
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