These incredible mountains have become the symbol of St. Lucia. The road south from Soufrière offers a magnificent view of the twin peaks, which rise precipitously from the cobalt blue Caribbean Sea. The two pyramidal cones, covered with thick tropical vegetation, were formed by lava from a volcanic eruption 30 to 40 million years ago. They are not identical twins since 2,619-ft Petit Piton is taller than 2,461-ft Gros Piton, though Gros Piton is, as the word translates, broader.
Gros Piton is currently the only one where climbing is permitted. Although there is a trail up on Petite Piton, it is a very tough trek and requires the permission of the Forest and Lands Department and a knowledgeable Guide. The Gros Pitons trail is open to public hiking tours, and although it’s a challenge – the view and feeling of satisfaction once you reach the top is definitely rewarding!
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