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The Pitons

Soufrière
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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, fringed by the town of Soufrière 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. Petit Piton and its little sister, Gros Piton, are easy to spot from many points in the southwest, and recent visitors gush about just how perfect the fraternal twin peaks are to gaze at or hike through.

A traveler reports to TripAdvisor: "What a breathtaking, exhilarating experience. I am so glad that I was up to the challenge." Other travelers echo the same, though they add: "The trail is tough! It's a 4 mile round trip I believe but it's straight up in most cases. We started the hike around 12, which is the hottest time of day. I would definitely recommend hiking in the morning." Whatever time of day you venture out; remember this is the sticky Caribbean -- so bring plenty of drinking water. And though its name might seem to indicate otherwise, Gros Piton is the shorter peak (at 2,461-feet compared to Petit's 2,619-feet) and the less-strenuous climb.

You'll need to budget approximately $45 USD for a tour guide, and allot at least a half day to hike the beautiful Pitons. Call the Forest and Lands Department (758-450-2078) for a hiking appointment plus information on guides.

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