St. Lucia Sights

The Pitons

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  • The Pitons, St. Lucia, Caribbean

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Published 10/12/2015

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Rising precipitously from the cobalt-blue Caribbean just south of Soufrière Bay, these two unusual mountains—named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004—have become the symbol of St. Lucia. Covered with thick tropical vegetation, the massive outcroppings were formed by 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 (Gros Piton is broader). It's possible to climb the Pitons, but it's a strenuous trek. Gros Piton is the easier climb and takes about four hours round-trip. Either climb requires permission and a guide ($30); register at the base of Gros Piton.

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Soufrière, Soufrière, St. Lucia

Published 10/12/2015


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