St. Lucia Pitons Tour
Adventure Beyond Compare- Hiking The St Lucia Pitons
Incredible adventures abound on the island of St. Lucia, and outdoor enthusiasts never need to look hard to find exhilaration. The St. Lucia Pitons are two of the island’s most iconic landmarks, visible from virtually the entire island, and a St. Lucia Pitons hike is an absolutely thrilling way to satisfy your thirst for adventure while enjoying views unlike any other.
While both of the twin mountains of the Pitons are technically able to be hiked, only the Gros Piton hike is sanctioned by the St. Lucia government. The Gros Piton Trail hike distance is 2,619 feet, taking about 5-6 hours to climb.
Whether you can hike Gros Piton without a guide is a common question, and while the answer is technically yes, the nature of the trails makes bringing a guide along highly advisable. In fact, the Gros Piton hike cost of $55.00 USD that is paid at the base of the trail includes a guide, though it is also possible to book a guided tour from a tour company that includes entrance, a guide, a picnic lunch, and more. Always inquire on updated prices as they are subject to change.
The Petit Piton hike, which is recommended for more seasoned climbers, takes about four hours. It is important to wear comfortable shoes with good tread for both hikes and to carry a backpack for snacks, cameras, etc in order to leave your hands free to hold guide ropes during ascent and descent. The difficulty of hiking Gros Piton is considered to be moderate, with Petit Piton proving to be more of a challenge. Rates can range from US$60 Per person.
These are no walks in the park.
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When hiking Gros Piton, the larger of the two volcanic mountains, you will have the chance to see incredible plants and animals, many of which are native only to St. Lucia.
There is an area at the top where you can rest and enjoy a picnic lunch, and the entire view from the starting point of Fond Gens Libre, where you can buy local bananas, coconuts, and more, to the summit overlooking the island and surrounding waters is simply stunning beyond measure.
Be sure to bring a camera, as the view from the top is something you’ll never want to forget.
Petit Piton Climb Will Challenge You Physically & Engage You Mentally
Compared to other St. Lucia Trails, When it comes to Petit Piton, a guide becomes essential. It is recommended to select a tour company that has seasoned local guides not only to help you navigate the course to the top, but to help teach you about the history, flora, and fauna along the way.
While Petit Piton is the smaller of the two volcanic peaks, it is a more challenging climb and the view from the summit is no less exciting.
In short, hiking the Pitons is certain to be one of the major highlights of any trip to St. Lucia.
Simply read reviews from travelers who have made the excursion and you will see that it is truly a one of a kind adventure that promises exhilaration and views well beyond the ordinary.
Hiking the St. Lucia Pitons is an adventure you will be thrilled to tell your friends about and one that is almost certain to solidify St. Lucia in your heart and mind as your preferred home away from home.
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