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Experiencing the Majestic Pitons
Saint Lucia's iconic twin peaks—Gros Piton and Petit Piton—dominate the island's scenery, soaring 2,500 feet from the sea on the island's southwest Soufrière corner. Designated a World Heritage Site along with the surrounding Pitons Management Area, these volcanic spires take every first-time visitor's breath away. There are various ways to experience the Pitons. The brave hike either peak—Petit Piton is more strenuous, and the trail isn't marked; Gros Piton has marked trails and is a two- to three-hour hike from the village of Fond Gens Libre. Others opt to take it easy and sail past them on a catamaran cruise, or view them from land along the coast or from the terrace of La Haut's restaurant. Sugar Beach, facing Gros Piton, offers a frontal view of the peaks as you swim.
By Lebawit Lily Girma, AFAR Local Expert
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Les Pitons, Soufriere, Saint Lucia Tourist Board-Top floor-Sure Line Building, St Lucia
Mon - Sat 8am - 4pm