Dominica: Layou Valley

The Layou is the largest of Dominica's rivers. Its magnificent valley cuts through the central mountains, where the Layou runs into the Caribbean at Saint Joseph.

Epiphytes (sometimes called "air plants") such as many orchids grow upon others for support, but are not parasites. Their roots don't penetrate soil; they take water from the air.

There's a national part at Morne Diabolatin. It houses not only an exceedingly strenuous path to the island's highest peak, but also a gentle walking loop that contains the valley overlook seen above and a forest habitat of Sisserou parrots. Below are several additional views of the Layou Valley.

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