Off the Beaten Path - Wild Beauty Awaits on Martinique's Route de la Trace

Route de La Trace Martinique

Jesson & Co / MNI Alive

Release Date

Monday, April 22, 2024


Dare to venture off the busy city streets and into the untamed beauty of Martinique’s Route de La Trace. Beyond the storied architecture and bright lights of Martinique’s major towns lies a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Trust us: this exhilarating journey through lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and breathtaking views promises to reawaken your senses and leave you with memories to last a lifetime. 

Join us as we embark on an adventure like no other, where every twist and turn reveals a new peak into the wild heart of the “Isle of Flowers.”

Adventure Awaits

Route de La Trace

Photo: Route de La Trace - courtesy of Martinique Tourism Authority

Originally founded in the 18th century by Jesuits, the 30km of historic road comprising the Route de la Trace offers a comprehensive adventure around the Carbet mountains. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the array of hiking trails, nature walks, and activities that wind through the lush forests. From leisurely strolls in the “Jardin de Balata” to challenging treks to the peak of Mount Pelée on the “Pitons du Carbet Trail», each trail offers a unique experience for beginners and experts alike. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, dive into the heart-pounding adventure activities that await. Feel the wind in your hair as you soar through the treetops on a thrilling zip-line adventure and uncover the true essence of Martinique’s natural beauty and adventure.

Hidden Gems and Local Secrets

Waterfalls along the Route de La Trace

Photo: Waterfalls along the Route de La Trace, courtesy of Martinique Tourism Authority

Along the Route de La Trace in Martinique, eager travellers can uncover a wealth of hidden gems and local secrets waiting to be discovered. Dive deeper into the stunning waterfalls that trace the route like “Cascade du Saut Gendarme”, where each secluded haven offers its own unique experience and time seems to stand still. Discover the narrow canyons of “Gorges de la Falaise”, hidden among towering cliffs, lush vegetation, and serene, crystal-clear streams within the dense forests near Morne Rouge. As you wander through the flourishing greenery, keep an eye out for the diverse local flora and fauna that calls this region home. From vibrant and rare plant species to colourful birdlife, every moment along the hidden side of the Route de la Trace becomes an opportunity to observe the true essence of the island. 

Trusted Locals Leading the Way

Saint-Denis Church along the Route de La Trace

Photo: Saint-Denis Church along the Route de La Trace, courtesy of Martinique Tourism Authority

In Martinique, experiencing the Route de La Trace isn’t just about navigating the winding roads and exploring natural or local wonders on your own; it is also about pairing with trusted expert locals who offer curated tours to enhance your journey. One such option is the “North Island Tour” run by Martinique Best Secret. This small-group tour takes you off the beaten path, to explore the northern part of Martinique. 

With over 70 reviews and a whopping 94% recommendation rate from travellers, this tour promises an authentic and unforgettable experience. You will visit local monuments such as Sacred Heart Church and swim in tranquil, refreshing waterfall waters. Stroll through the old capital of St-Pierre to sample house-made rum from a rum factory, and finish by soaking up the sun at the beach. 

Discover the wonders that lie along Martinique’s Route de La Trace. Experience the island’s vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and endless opportunities for exploration. Visit to access essential resources and up-to-date information to begin planning your dream adventure.

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