The most recognizable natural attractions on St. Lucia are, hands down, the Pitons. These two volcanic mountains, called Gros Piton and Petit Piton are separated from one another by the Piton Mitan Ridge, and are popular amongst hikers who revel in a gorgeous view of the island when they reach the top.
The site that encompasses both Pitons takes up about 2,909 hectares of land and the peaks reach 770 and 743 meters high. The mountains are classified as a tropical moist forest, and feature areas of wet elfin woodland and dry forest. Numerous rare plant and bird species have been recorded as making their homes on these peaks.
Most visitors make it a point to hike to the top of at least one of the Pitons. Most opt for Gross Piton, that while taller, is easier to climb. Numerous tours available on St. Lucia will take guests to the Interpretive Centre, then up to the peak. It is mandated that tourists utilize a guide to get to the top, usually an employee of the Park Services Department, who will wow you with information about the mountain and the island during the trip. It takes about two hours on foot to read the summit.
Petit Piton is a whole different story. There is no Welcome Center, no trail head, and even no guide required to climb this peak, though most guests should strongly consider hiring one.
Located on the island of Saint Lucia, 3.1 miles south of downtown Soufriere, Gros Pitons is situated within Pitons Management Area, and welcomes residents and guests who are lodging on this part of the island or nearby. But even if you aren't staying in the vicinity, you should consider stopping by to check out the sights. If you're curious, Soufrière is three miles (five kilometers) to the north.
If you work up an appetite during your visit to the area where this volcano is located, don't worry -- you will find a great concentration of food and beverage places in the vicinity. Cocoa Pod, which dishes out Caribbean food, is very close-by, making it a great option for volcano visitors. Jardin Cacao and Bayside Restaurant and Bar offer additional dining possibilities in close to this natural attraction. At Bayside Restaurant and Bar you and your party should try a bit of American fare and experience the flavors of St. Lucia.
Travelers who are a fan of volcanos, and are interested in visiting others, should consider seeing Volvano at Sulphur Springs and Mt. Gimie; the first and closest of which is two and a half miles to the northeast of Gros Pitons. There are some additional attractions in the area, including , which is a quarter mile away near Soufrière. You might want to also think about heading over to Pitons Management Area, which is another attraction nearby.
If a visit to the Gros Pitons isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, take a look at what is closest in the following table.
|GeoFeature||0.3 mi. (5.5 km)||SSE||3.4 mi. South of Soufrière|
|Pitons Management Area||Other Attraction||0.3 mi. (5.5 km)||SSE||3.4 mi. South of Soufrière|
|GeoFeature||1.0 mi. (5.6 km)||ESE||Bois D`Inde Francion|
|Fond Doux Holiday Plantation||Other Attraction||1.2 mi. (4.6 km)||E||Fond Doux|
|Piton Falls||GeoFeature||1.8 mi. (2.2 km)||N||1.4 mi. South of Soufrière|
|Tanzanite Heights Waterfall||GeoFeature||2.4 mi. (2.1 km)||NE||1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Soufrière|
|Sulphur Springs Park||Other Attraction||2.4 mi. (2.1 km)||NE||1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Soufrière|
|Other Attraction||2.5 mi. (2.4 km)||N||1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Soufrière|
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