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Rotours Canal

OTHER BODIES OF WATER - MORNE-A-L'EAU

The Rotours Canal, located in the town of Morne-à-l'Eau in Guadeloupe, fruit of the labors of several hundred slaves and freemen, was dug during the early years of the 19th century (1826-1830). It begins at the landing pier and ends 5 km. away in Pointe à Feuille. The canal plays a vital economic role here; in fact, its opening coincided with the town’s early development. You can wander along its banks, which are lined with mangroves and prairies on either side, as far as the canal’s mouth, where it flows into the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin.

 

Slave Steps

MONUMENT - PETIT-CANAL

This monumental stairway of 54 dressed-stone steps led to the esplanade where slaves were sold directly off the boat. It is said to have been constructed as soon as the abolition of slavery was pronounced in 1848. According to local lore, each home built one step. Plaques on the steps display the names of various African ethnicities:  Yoruba (southwestern Nigeria, Togo, Benin), Congolese (from the former kingdom at the mouth of the Congo River), Ibo (southeastern Nigeria), Wolof (Nigeria, Senegal, and Congo), Fula (west Africa), and Bamileke (western Cameroon). At the foot of the stairs stands a bust of Louis Delgrès, who fought to the death against the re-imposition of slavery in 1802.

 

Beauport, Sugar Cane Country

MUSEUM - PORT-LOUIS

Since 2004, with help from Guadeloupe’s County Commission, this former flagship building of north Grande Terre’s sugar industry is now open to visitors, be they tourists or locals: its name is Beauport, “le pays de la canne” (Sugar Cane Country). A part of the former factory has been converted into a museum dedicated to sugar and the sugar cane industry. Each part of the site’s industrial heritage is explained in detail, using a mixture of fun and informative displays. Three centuries of history are recounted via a series of exhibits and displays throughout the museum, including a mini-train for the young and not so young, and a chance to try a glass of pure sugar cane juice.

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Marshes

MARAIS - PORT-LOUIS

developed by the Conservatoire du Littoral, a path offers Port-Louis's north marshes for your discovery. These marshes are home to an exceptional biodiversity. The path begins with a wooden walkway which crosses the mangrove tree swamp and then continues along through Logwood and Acacia groves. Eventually walkers arrive at the center of Case-Moustache, an exposed islet. The path crosses over the rock until it reaches the Pointe-Démaré canal. Along the path are different species of mangroves which emerge from the briny water that is rich with crabs and fish. From the top of the observation tower, there is a panoramic view across the marshes and of Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin.

 

Anse du Souffleur beach

BEACH - PORT-LOUIS

this long white sand beach is a favorite with Guadaloupe's families. A place to bathe and relax, and regularly welcomes festivals and events. It eco-touristic development was spearheaded by the local government in partnership with the Conservatoire du Litteral (France's Coastal Conservatory) and the National Forests Office of Guadeloupe. Their work has made it possible to improve visitor traffic, create a rest area and delimited traffic flow, as well as revegetation of the area.

 

Grande Vigie Point

ALL ROUND VIEW - ANSE-BERTRAND

A scenic road leads to this point, the island’s northernmost. From here, follow a marked trail to steep cliffs plunging 80 meters into the turbulent Atlantic Ocean, a breathtaking spectacle. When the weather is clear, it is possible to see the islands of Désirade (50 km away), Antigua (70 km), and Montserrat.

 

Edgar Clerc Museum

MUSEUM - LE MOULE

This museum, run by the French departmental government, bears the name of the archeologist who discovered the Morel site, which contained vestiges of the Amerindian presence on the island, in particular the Huecoid people at around 500 B.C.E. Edgar Clerc donated his collection to the Conseil Général (general council) in 1977.  The building, designed by great Guadeloupe architect Jack Berthelot for this landscape, surrounded by magnificent grounds, was inaugurated on August 4, 1984. Devoted to the study of Amerindian life on Grande Terre through several sites—essentially Morel, Anse Sainte-Marguerite, Anse à la Gourde, and La Désirade—the museum showcases Guadeloupe’s pre-Columbian heritage through a diverse collection of objects testifying to the lives of the Amerindian peoples (Huecoid, Saladoid, Troumassoid, Arawak, Caribbean, etc.). Visitors may admire pottery, terracotta vases, wooden amulets, burial necklaces, jewelry, ritual objects, decorated rooms full of symbolism, shell and stone jewelry, and tools, and explore archaeological finds relating to village sites and burial rites, according to various themes (Amerindian sites, fabrication of vases and objects, eating habits, etc.). The museum continues to receive donations and make new acquisitions. Museum staff are happy to provide additional information, or focus their tours on certain topics, such as the excavation of an Amerindian site, body aesthetics, the fabrication of ceramic vases, petroglyphs and stone-work, Amerindian villages, cultivation and consumption of manioc, etc. Finally, the Amerindian Garden, free and open to the public, may be toured on specific mornings with a gardener-guide. The site participates in several events a year, including “La Nuit Européenne des Musées“ (“European Night at the Museum”) in May, and “National Archaeology Days“ in June. Free admittance.

Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

 

SIGHTSEEING OF THE NORTH GRANDE-TERRE

€55.00Price
NUMBER OF PERSONS
TYPE OF TOUR
  • TO BRING WITH YOU

    Swimsuit

    Towel

    closed shoes

     

    THE PRICE INCLUDES

    The guided tour

    Transportation

    Bottles of water

     

    PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

    Lunch
    Personal expenses (tips, souvenirs, etc.)

     

    USEFUL INFORMATION
    Do not leave valuables in the vehicle


    Saint-François: 7 am
    Sainte-Anne: 7:30 am
    Gosier : 8 am

    Pointe à Pitre : 8:30 am

     

     

    The starting places:
    Le Gosier, Sainte-Anne, Saint-François, the Pointe-à-Pitre Cuise terminal.

    For other cities, an extra charge of 10 € / person will be required.

  • Chauffeur guide, minibus 8 seats, air conditioning.

     

    Taxes included. Door to door service. 2 persons minimum for a departure to joint visits. No minimum for private visits. Stop as close as possible to the places visited. For any other place of departure, a supplement will be required. Price per person. The 20% deposit must be paid in advance, not refunded in the event of cancellation on the day of the visit. Cancellation accepted without charge 48 hours before the departure date, 50% due 24 hours before and the whole on the same day. SATEVAN can not be held responsible for the weather, traffic, loss or deterioration of your personal belongings. Clients are insured during transport, but not during the descent or boarding of the vehicles.

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