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The Pitons

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  • Type: Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Rising tall from a Caribbean sea base and covered in emerald-colored vegetation, these volcanic plugs (or land formations made out of volcanic materials) are the most iconic sight in all of St. Lucia. Situated between the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul, Gros Piton and its smaller sibling, Petit Piton, are easy to spot from many points in the southwest.

Travelers frequently gush about just how perfect the fraternal twin peaks are to gaze at or hike through. Those who took the hike loved the beauty of the trails and said the views at the top were breathtaking, with some describing their experience as unforgettable. Despite there being two peaks available for climbing, locals caution against hiking Petit Piton unless you are a pro climber, as the hike is incredibly steep. Many Pitons visitors choose to hike Gros Piton but keep in mind it is still a strenuous venture. Travelers who considered themselves to be in good shape reported struggling, but said the sense of accomplishment in completing the hike was worth the journey. Whatever time of day you venture out, remember this is the sticky Caribbean so bring plenty of drinking water. Pitons guides advise carrying no less than 1.5 liters on the hike.

For those who aren't interested in breaking a major sweat, some travelers recommended taking a boat out onto the water to get great views of the Pitons. A few travelers even suggested snorkeling, saying there is a lot of colorful sea life that populate the waters near the peaks. 

If you want to hike the Pitons, your best bet is to have a guide accompany you. There are many tours available, but some travelers recommended saving money by purchasing a tour that doesn't include transportation. Gros Pitons Mountain Tours is one popular company that offers guided hikes.

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