Climbing the Twin Pitons

May 26, 2011 |

Things to do St Lucia

Twin Pitons UNESCO World Heritage site

St Lucia is an incredible island. On its eastern side the small Caribbean “Windward” island faces the wild Atlantic Ocan, while to the west lies the placid, sheltered Caribbean, famed for its beaches, snorkeling, sailing and romantic views. For things to do St Lucia can’t be beat.

While many people come to St Lucia to relax on the beach, there is actually quite a lot of other activities as well. The Twin Piton Peaks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site make for an excellent hike. Symbolic of St Lucia, the twin volcanic spires rise dramatically out of the Caribbean, near Soufriere, in the southeast corner of the island.

The Pitons rise nearly 1800 feet above sea level, and 29 miles of trails run through (and up) about 19,000 acres of rainforest.  It’s not all rainforest; in fact, there are several different microclimates on both peaks, including (of course) rain forest, as well as temperate forest and even grassland.

It’s not an easy hike, so be sure to climb the Pitons with appropriate footwear (no sandals!), plenty to drink, and a cellphone for emergencies.

– Charles Edwards blogs about St Lucia resort topics.




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