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Gros Piton Nature Trail

Duration: Half Day

gros piton nature trail

St. Lucia offers spectacular scenery and therefore possesses endless sightseeing attractions. The Pitons are St. Lucia’s most famous landmark standing majestically over 2, 000 feet; they rise out of the sea sheltering the island’s lush mountainous interior. These twin peaks provide stunning views from both on land and sea but just imagine the views you will obtain if you were to climb these slopes. Well, on the Gros Piton Nature Trail you will have the opportunity to ascend the Gros Piton (the larger of the two at 2,619 feet) and capture these unique sights while experiencing an enjoyable climb through the forest.

The journey begins by coach along the picturesque west coast of the island. You will drive through magnificent fields of cocoa, banana, and coconut plantations until the arrival at the Fond Gens Libre community which is a located at the foot of Gros Piton. The hike begins at the Interpretation Centre which is a visitor center exhibiting some of the rare vegetation and birds in Gros Piton. You will be joined by a knowledgeable and friendly guide who will lead you along the winding mountain trail. The climb to the summit and back to the foot of the slope is approximately 5 hours. The beginning of the slope is gradual and offers a moderate climb that can be enjoyed by everyone, however about half way through the trek the path gets much steeper and it’s a more strenuous accent, a delight for the more adventurous hikers.

The Gros Piton trail is not only a well marked nature trail but also a heritage site. The ‘village of the free people’ (the English translation of Fonds Gens Libre) is a remote village of historical significance to St. Lucia. The area was used by brigands or black freedom fighters, as a refuge during the slave rebellion of 1748. Several brigand sites can be seen as you ascend the trail; these include caves, tunnels, rock shelters, camps and lookouts.

In the first section of the hike you will not only see many brigand sites but also beautiful ocean views, the village of Choiseul can be seen to the east and you can visit the Anse L’lvroyne Canyon. As you climb your way up this mountain tropical birds will flutter by and you will notice a wide variety of vegetation including, Dry coastal forest, Cloud forest and Elfin woodland all nurtured by the rich volcanic soils and tropical rainfall.

The panoramic views from the summit of the mountain are truly unforgettable and breathtaking from every direction. The two major sights are overlooking the smaller yet still spectacular Petit Piton (2,561feet) and the other overlooking the South of St. Lucia. You will enjoy fantastic views of the Caribbean Sea and you may even be able to spot the outline of Martinique on the horizon. The slope is steep to descend and the views offered on the return trip are so different from the ascending climb. The hike is fully entertaining as well as informative. A bus ride takes you back to your hotel after this priceless experience.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes are mandatory. This is not an excursion for those with heart ailments, those who are pregnant or not physically fit.

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