East of the Solomon Hochoy Highway, the Montserrat Hills are the most picturesque part of the Central Range, a rolling landscape which shelters huge cocoa estates and the Navet Dam and Reservoir, as well as some of Trinidad’s sleepiest villages, accessed via winding roads with rickety wooden bridges. The nineteenth-century English novelist Charles Kingsley, who visited in 1870, described the panorama from the top of Montserrat as “the most vast and most lovely which I have ever seen”. Most of the villages have little specific to recommend them apart from the odd picturesque colonial house and a great deal of rural charm, though there are a few gentle attractions on which to hinge a visit.

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