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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Off the Beach in Trinidad


4. Insider’s Tip

The Hanuman statue in Carapichaima.  

Take a "maxi taxi" (a privately operated minivan shuttle) or a driver (about $50) to Dattatreya Ashram in Carapichaima, central Trinidad. There, you’ll find the Western Hemisphere’s largest statue of Lord Hanuman. The buff monkey god stands 85 feet tall and is a towering reminder of the island’s Hindu ancestry—fully half of Trinidadians can trace their bloodlines back to India .

Published on May 28, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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