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“Active volcano for active people!”

La Soufriere Cross Country Trail
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La Soufriere Volcano Hiking Tour
Ranked #2 of 52 things to do in St. Vincent
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Owner description: The La Soufriere Cross Country Trail winds its way from sea level up to the top of the majestic La Soufriere Volcano (4048ft/ 1178m). Granite cliffs reach for the sky, giving way to sweeping valleys and deep gorges and eventually the immense volcanic crater. The walk to the crater is moderately difficult, and takes about two hours uphill from the windward side. The La Soufriere Cross Country Trail snakes across the width of St Vincent, and can be walked from either the leeward or windward coast. The total trail is approximately 9 miles (15 km) long and offers breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding land and seascape and close encounters with fauna.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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“Active volcano for active people!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

La Soufrière shares with Mount St. Helen (USA) the fame of being one of the most studied volcanoes in the world. It rises majestically to over 4,000 feet. A tour to La Soufrière takes you along the picturesque windward (eastern) coast, through banana and coconut plantations to where the foot trail begins. You travel along steep volcanic ridges verdant with bamboo and tropical trees. This is a day’s journey for energetic hikers who should leave early in the morning, as the ascent to the crater is about 3.5 miles long. The expedition can continue down the west side trail and terminate 10 to 12 miles later in Chateaubelair on the leeward (west) side. There are gazebos, washrooms, a site office and parking at Bamboo Range on the eastern side of the volcano.

It took me 2 hours at a good pace to go up and 1h30 to come down. Bring a small backpack with fruits, lots of water, a lunch or picnic perhaps. Always go accompagnied with a local qualified guide. Do not forget your insect repellent (DEET), your camera, a good pair of hiking shoes, a walking stick, a Gatorade or a drink to help you recuperate some of the salts being sweated out. Be sure to verify the weather before heading out. If chances of rain, do not attempt to go up as mud, rock slides occur and are quite dangerous. Remember that this is an active volcano, so be on alert for unsual loud sounds... but do enjoy rest periods when necessary and if a nice Rasta man offers you a delicious coconut, take it and drive that truly caribbean gem.

Visited November 2012
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this review, September 15, 2016
Thank you for visiting and sharing your comments which would be helpful to other persons, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike. Come again soon.
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Toms River, New Jersey
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“Foggy”
Reviewed June 1, 2012

Awesome hike, not for faint of heart. We went on a day that was too cloudy to find the crater.

Visited May 2012
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this review, September 15, 2016
Thank you for visiting, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike although you did not get to see any of the wonderful views but maybe on your next visit you would be able to see the crater and the other views. See you soon.
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Walnut Creek, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Worth it!”
Reviewed May 3, 2012

What a challenge, we were on a time crunch and had to haul buns. Luckily, we had an expert guide to schlep us up to the crater. It was a unique experience. Def. recommend.

Visited April 2012
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this review, August 29, 2016
Thank you for your visit, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike. come again soon.
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“Beautiful Trail, but no view”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

My husband and I are used to hiking in the Rockies. Even then its a steep climb, but not a scramble. There are many manmade steps which makes it more difficult for people with shorter legs.
This hike reminded me of Mt Kilimanjaro with the numerous microclimates that you pass through. Very Beautiful with lots of rainforest/ Bamboo trees/flowers and butterflies.
It rained on us a couple times which was refreshing, but the pathway became quite slippery. Make sure you wear good runners or hikers with treads. Bring lots of water for the hike up and a waterproof casing for your camera.
We took our time taking pictures and the hike took 2hrs 10mins total.
The path is quite obvious and you don't need a guide, in fact our guide didn't speak much at all and was way ahead of us most of the time, which was quite disappointing, we weren't sure why we 'needed' one in the first place.
Unfortunately, the top of the volcano was socked in with clouds and we didn't see a thing. The winds were also very strong and we were afraid that we would get blown into the crater! So we turned around and came right back down.
Word of warning, our guide then suggested a short cut, which we promptly regretted as we were walking on a narrow pathway on the edge of a revine, one false move and there would be no surviving it.
Note: This hike is for fairly fit people, there were 4 other people hiking at the same time as us that had turned around as it was too difficult for them. They were disappointed that they spent so much money and had grossly underestimated the climb.

That being said, its a beautiful hike and worth the effort. Bring water, good shoes, a camera, a windbreaker, a walking stick or wrap your knees for the downhill part and a first aid kit. We were not bothered by insects at all.
There is a washroom at the trailhead, but there was no water when we were there.

Visited February 2012
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this review, September 15, 2016
Thank you for visiting and sharing your comments, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike although you did not get to see anything but hopefully on your next hike it would be clear and sunny so you can get to intake the beautiful views from the top. Come again soon.
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Our trip to La Soufrière”
Reviewed January 9, 2012

It was very good my 12 year old daughter and 14 year old son was very good they did it in 3 hours up and down, the tour guide company called sailors was very good gave us lots of food and drink. worth going to

Visited December 2011
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this review, September 2, 2016
Thank you for visiting, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike. Thank you for coming and come again soon.
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