Rising precipitously from the cobalt-blue Caribbean Sea just south of Soufrière Bay, these two unusual mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also the iconic symbol of St. Lucia. Covered with thick tropical vegetation, the massive outcroppings were formed by lava from a volcanic eruption 30 to 40 million years ago. They are not identical twins, since 2,619-foot Petit Piton is taller than 2,461-foot Gros Piton and Gros Piton is broader. It's possible to climb the
Pitons, but it's a strenuous trek. Gros Piton is the easier climb and will take about two hours to reach the top. Either climb requires the permission of the Forest & Lands Department and the use of a knowledgeable guide.
Soufrière, St. Lucia
758-450–2231; 758-450–2078-for St. Lucia Forest & Lands Department
Jan 16, 2006
Our viewing of the Pitons was from a catamaran cruise, as well as on land. We ate a lovely restaurant on the hillside there, with a magnificent view of the water. Definitely a must see!!
Jan 9, 2006
Wonderful hike - a climb, not a stroll - through shady forests and up, up, UP rock staircases and trails. Two wonderful look out points from the top - one south and east to Fort Vieux and the other north over Soufriere and Castries. Very good guides, a well run organization all around if a bit expensive.