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St. Lucia Sights

The Pitons

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Updated 02/28/2014

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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.

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Sight Information


Soufrière, St. Lucia


758-450–2231; 758-450–2078-for St. Lucia Forest & Lands Department

Sight Details:

  • Guide services $45
  • Daily by appointment only

Updated 02/28/2014


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By Mary

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Jan 16, 2006

Mountains worth seeing

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!!

By Julie

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Jan 9, 2006

Burn off the rum cake climbing Gros Piton

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.

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