Canyoning is basically a adrenaline junkie hike where you swim, jump and slide on waterfalls+++ I’d like to share that I’m a ‘chicken’ and scared of height. However, my mother in law advised that even 60+ can do it. Okay, I’m in!

We got pretty lucky, we’re the only ones for the tour for that day. So it was like we paid for a group tour but got a private one 😀 Met up with our guide by la Maison du Cacao parking lot and tailed him up into the hills. That’s where we all got suited up 😉

 

Helmet, life jacket, butt cover and wet suit were all provided by the tour guide.

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Butt cover. That’s a new thing for me *LOL* It protect your wet suit & your butt from being scratched / ripped.

The tour started in the bush LOL literately. Our guide, Pascal, showed us the forest a bit and shared some funny/scary local stories, plus some eco info. It was a bonus that I did not expect. Thumbs up on the extra. Did I mention that Pascal spoke English? Trust me, this was a RARE commodity in Guadeloupe.

 

I am one clumsy person. I hiked in snail speed? This was not a tar road hike like White Cloud Mountain. This was a full on stone, mud, whatever have you hike. We hiked downhill toward the water.

Will like to highlight that according to our Pascal, GARDENING SHOES lasted longer (like more than 2 years) than professional canyoning shoes. Apparently, the expensive professional shoes broke within 6 months. Fab info 😀 Thumbs up to garden shoes!best-canyoning-shoes-gardening-shoes-3381.JPGOkay, once I heard the water, it was the point of no return… all that leaping / swimming action was about to begin.

Tumbling over was part of the deal, statistically highly probable. Those rocks were slippery and that was why they made fab slides 😉

Contact lens wearer BEWARE of losing your lens. Close your EYES when you’re about to hit the water.

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This was how the professional looked…
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Here was how I looked. Er… or how I slipped.

Now the moment that everyone was waiting for… the jump. Just watch how my brave heart of a mother in law slayed it.

And then watch me, the scardy cat screaming my head off…

After quite a bit of in/out of water action, it was time to ascend back up.  My legs trembled while climbing up. It was hard to notice fatigue with all that screaming that I was doing. The hike back up was more steep than going down? I had to use my hands to “pull up” now and then, if you know what I mean.

Bonus of this Canyoning tour?

1.Skin Care… Discover mother nature’s clay mask

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  1. Massage

There’s only 1 setting though. Bone crushing strength LOL

  1. Lots of rhum at the end of the tour
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Besides a full bottle of Rhum, there were guava juice & water as well.

What tour did I take?

Canyon Aqua Rando by Yalodé

Official site: http://www.kayak-guadeloupe.fr/index.html

☎ +33 06 90 56 58 10 (France)

Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe

La Maison du Cacao (1)

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Camera: Nikon Coolpix S33, Sony Z3+

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On the right: Pascal Proust, the days’ guide

This tour was a treat from my mother in law xox gros bisous

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Hi, I am Joyce. 30+ living in Paris. Laughs a lot. Rooibos tea. Appreciate little things. Explore places. Fighting beauty OCD.

2 Comments

  1. That first photo seriously looks unreal – like a painting or an animation still. So neat!
    Those butt covers are triangular. XD Hrmm I think gardening shoes won’t have sufficient ankle and foot support compared to hiking shoes?!
    You’re brave, I have no desire to go canyoning and I would never ever jump off a rock into water. NEVER. I’ve heard enough horror stories to not want to attempt.

    • The guide wears his with some sort of diving socks for grip *LOL* it’s pretty sturdy.

      I’m not that brave at all. I screamed for so long haha

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