Planning Travel To St. Lucia
Travel might be a concern right now, but the health organizations are doing their part to help minimize the outbreak and protect the majority of the world’s population. There is nothing wrong with fantasizing about where you might want to travel later in the year or next year when the travel restrictions are lifted.
St. Lucia is certainly a destination that will never lose appeal, and as a currently clear area of an outbreak, it might be the one place you decide to go once the virus is contained.
Hiking is one of the key attractions on the island. The landscape is mountainous with a volcano that is also rich in history. St. Lucia is an island the British and French fought over several times so that you can see the reflections of both cultures in the current island lifestyle.
St. Lucia is known for its tear shape and the Pitons. The Pitons are cone-shaped mountains running along the southwest coast of the British commonwealth island. Gros Piton is the taller of the two crests and considered the most popular peak to hike.
Gros Piton is 2,619 feet tall, but it is the second-highest peak. Mount Ginie is the highest one, which is not part of the Pitons. The Petit Piton is 2,461 feet. Many of the resorts and tour companies offer transportation to the trailhead for visitors. If hiking is your main activity, you might consider staying in Soufriere, which is the historic town at the bottom of the Pitons.
Local authorities recommend you only take guided hikes unless you are very experienced. The guides can also add to your trip by pointing out local flora and fauna, including some of the more unique rock formations that can be seen during your travels of the Pitons. Gros Piton is considered a moderately easy climb, with an average of two hours required.