Discovering Saint Lucia From Coast to Coast

  What you will visit: Balenbouche Estate The estate house is one of the few surviving original plantation houses in St. Lucia, and its colonial architecture dates back to the early 19th century. Stroll through the gardens as you enjoy some refreshments.  Sulphur Springs The Caribbean's only drive-in volcano, Sulphur Springs is the most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles. In this vast parkland, with stark, lunar landscapes, guests can walk or drive through the crater past bubbling hot springs, mineral mud pools and sulphur-laden steam. The Soufriere Volcano (Sulphur Springs) last erupted in the 1700s leaving in its wake therapeutic mud and waters that attract people seeking to heal eczema, arthritis, sore joints, and more. Bon Nouvel Estate The oldest French Creole Estate in St. Lucia, Bon Nouvel is a historic, 18th-century working plantation in a gorgeous garden setting, dotted with cocoa, coconuts, citrus and other tropical trees. Traditional agricultural methods are utilized throughout the 250-acre property. Guests view the process in which coconuts are opened, roasted and converted into a variety of products and cocoa is fermented, dried in the sun, polished through the art of dancing on them, then transformed into chocolate. The grounds also house a charming re-creation of a farm worker's village, and horses roam through grassy fields. What you will see along the way: Castries  The capital city of Castries is home to several of St. Lucia's historical sites, such as the stone walls of the La Toc Battery Fort, and the uniquely decorated Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the largest church in the Caribbean. A major fire destroyed much of the city's structures between 1785 and 1948, but gingerbread-style older buildings can still be seen, and touches of French and British architectural influences have survived. Derek Walcott Square, named after the Nobel prize winner for literature, is the heart of the Old Town, surrounded by colorful landmarks, including the public library and colonial residences. Photo Opportunities: Morne Fortune The "Hill of Good Luck," a 17th-century strategic outpost, was a key battleground during the fight for St. Lucia's colonization. You can still see original cannons used in the war. The fortress sits on the edge of a hilltop, commanding spectacular views of Castries, offering an incredible photo opportunity. Marigot Bay Author James Michener called Marigot Bay "the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean." A lush, tranquil yachtsman's haven, it has been used for background shots in many Hollywood films such as Dr. Doolittle and Fire Power.  Shopping: The Laborie Arts and Craft Center is home to the indigenous craft of coal pot manufacturing and is the best place to find many local crafts, including grass place mats, market chairs, and local clay products like coal pots, which are still widely used in many St. Lucian kitchens. Select the perfect gifts to bring home.
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RAINFOREST CANOPY ZIPLINE ADVENTURE & SCENIC DRIVE

What you will visit: Rainforest Park Canopy Zipline Adventure Fly through the air with the greatest of ease and high above lush tropical foliage and spectacular island views on a thrilling zip line adventure. Guests receive a short orientation as well as a harness system, helmets and gloves. Specially trained guides stay with the group throughout the course. The zip line ride consists of a system of integrated cables, pulleys and riggings to make sure you get not only a maximum thrill but also the best views. You'll fly through the canopy on 12 zip lines in all, including the island's longest (up to 800 feet) and highest (up to 150 feet) above the forest's floor, as well as two net bridges. There is time to take in the unique panoramic views and wildlife between zips.  What you will see along the way: From high in the sky, you'll be dazzled by the dense vegetation and dramatic flowering plants that bring the rainforest to life. Discover knotted and twisting woody vines winding to the tops of the trees. Dense thickets of vegetation merge with cascades of flowering trees such as lavender stars, orange bursts, yellow berries, and white lace. Giant "chatannier," magnolia, and gommier trees tower over the landscape and provide food and shelter for many of the rainforest's inhabitants. Keep a lookout for agoutis on the ground and St. Lucia's endemic and endangered parrot, the jacquot, flying through the air.  Snack: After your exhilarating tour, you'll return to base camp to swap stories and enjoy some refreshments.
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Saint Lucia Volcano Visit

SULPHUR SPRINGS (SOUFRIERE VOLCANO IN ST. LUCIA) Soufriere Volcano in St. Lucia is considered as the only “drive-in” volcano in the world! It is locally known as the Sulphur Springs. Now a major tourist attraction in St. Lucia, the road runs right up to and through the crater of the volcano, which emits steam and sulfur with boiling mud and water bubbling away just a few meters from the tourists. Be prepared for the smell of rotten eggs! Soufriere Volcano in St. Lucia is considered to be dormant, and its last eruption occurred in the late 18th century, unlike the highly active volcano that goes by the same name, Soufriere Hills Volcano, which is located in the island of Montserrat. Excursion at the Sulphur Springs At the Sulphur Springs, you are allowed to walk behind a wooden fence, which would appear to offer absolutely no protection if ever the volcano erupts. But don't worry about the eruption, because as mentioned earlier, the Soufriere Volcano is now dormant. During the early times when the tourist attraction was first opened to the public, visitors are allowed to walk over the crater which is covered in a thin crust. But an incident occurred when one of the volcano guides fell in. And so now, visitors are requested to stay behind the fence. Hot Springs and Mud Baths at the Sulphur Springs At the Sulphur Springs, there is a stream running through the crater, and a little further down are well-established hot springs and mud baths hotter than the average bath. These bathing pools are blessed with volcanic minerals and health-giving properties, which are reputed to have therapeutic qualities for the skin, the reason why the volcano attracts many tourists. You may not like the smell coming from the spring, or stand the heat for long, but your skin will thank you after a quick dip. The sulphur springs emit a mixture of iron, calcium oxide, sulphur, copper oxide, carbon and magnesium to create the pungent smell and stain the rocks a green colour. Molten volcanic lava is not part of the toxic mix; otherwise the carter would not be safe to visit.   What to Bring: Change of Clothes Towel     May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing Difficulty Level Moderate Cash Camera Insect Repellant   Drink included

St. Lucia Bird Watching Adventures

Our ecotourism Forest in St. Lucia is home to several endemic species and some of the region’s most intriguing birdlife, from the tropical hummingbird to migratory kestrel. The  forest reserve is a favored environment for many of them and ideal for birding in St. Lucia. The bird watching tour at Eco  Adventures is one of the St. Lucia attractions designed to engage everyone from the serious birder to the casual enthusiast. The tour sets off just after sunrise to ensure the best sightings. Experienced Nature Interpreters guide you through the forest pointing out signature calls and keeping eyes peeled for even the most elusive of birds. The Amazona Versicolor, St. Lucia’s national symbol, makes this forest its home, though it is notoriously bashful. In flight, there is nothing more magnificent than the St. Lucia Oriole, with its yellow/orange markings especially dramatic against its black plumage. In no short supply are three varieties of hummingbird, the Banana Quit, and the Pewee, all of which animate the forest canopy. The birding St. Lucia hike is moderate in difficulty, the ascent is gradual and there are rest points along the way. When birdwatchers consider a new destination for their next holiday, one of the first questions they ask is "what are the speciality birds of the area?". High on their list of priorities will be birds that are endemic to that location - in other words, they are found nowhere else on earth. St Lucia is blessed with five such species and five of them can be found within the grounds of Sapphirefalls & Jungle Spa. Firstly there is the St Lucia Pewee - a delightful small flycatcher; green on top and orange underneath which sallies out from its favored perch in search of prey before returning to the same branch  Next, the St Lucia Warbler, both brightly colored and inquisitive; blue-gray above with bright yellow under-parts and black facial markings, it is widespread throughout the grounds. Not quite as numerous, but both dramatic and boldly colored is the yellow and black St Lucia Oriole. Back in 1987, there were considered to be less than 60 pairs in existence, however there has been a considerable recovery since and probably two different pairs can be found on our Adventure. Finally, there is "Jacquot," our national bird, officially known as the St Lucia Parrot or Amazona Versicolor. Threatened by extinction in the 80's, there now is a flourishing population of perhaps 1,000 birds normally found in the nearby rainforest and selected areas. Whilst not strictly endemic, two other species easily found on property only occur on one or two nearby islands: the Lesser Antillean Saltator and the Gray Trembler. Both are easily found in the damp lowland deciduous Sapphirefalls and the drier forested slopes.
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World Heritage Pitons Adventure

The Pitons are a famous tourist attractions for hikers and mountain climbers in St. Lucia. These mountains are located near the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul on the southwestern coast of St. Lucia. Located at the top of the Piton Mitan Ridge is the Ladera Hotel which offers a view over Piton bay. Hiking and Mountain Climbing at Gros Piton The Gros Piton rises to a height of 786 m (2619 ft). It is the second highest peak on Saint Lucia, after Mount Gimie. In spite of being the higher of the two Pitons, it is easier to climb than the Petit Piton, with established tours that provide transportation to the “Interpretive center”, a small welcome center of sorts with descriptions and models of the local geography, geology, and plant life. Guides will be provided whenever our climers climb the Gros Piton. These tour guides are actually the park service employees. They are professional, informative, and fun to hike with. Spectacular views of St. Lucia and the Petit Piton await as a reward for the hikers and climbers who had made it to the summit within an average of 2 hour climb. Actually, the adventure is more considered as a hike, not a climb. And although strenuous, hiking at the Gros Piton does not require any special skills or present much exposure or danger. Petit Piton Petit Piton lies towards the middle of the Soufrière bay, south of the town of Soufrière and north of the larger mountain, Gros Piton. Petit Piton rises to a height of 2461 ft (739 m). Hiking and Mountain Climbing at Petit Piton The Petit Piton has a steeper side compared to the Gros Piton, and is more challenging to climb and hike. It is even quite different in that there is no welcome center or even a marked trailhead for that matter. Even though there is no mandatory hiking guide for tourists when they climb on this peak, they would be well served finding a local that knows the hike route. The climb does have some primitive fixed ropes and does present some danger exposure. The summit is a much smaller area, but compared to the Gros Piton, it has even better views of St. Lucia and the Piton Bay. After your hike, relax and enjoy a lunch of local delicacies and of course, time for a cool swim in the rejuvenating waters of the Caribbean. A hike to the top of the Pitons is a way to conquer the most iconic landmark of Saint Lucia and make memories to last a lifetime. Meeting/Redemption Point Castries City Area Hotel Pickup​ Castries City   Gros Islet Area Hotel Pickup Gros Isle   Roseau Area Hotel Pickup Roseau   Highlights Beautiful panoramic view of incredible tropical surroundings High climbing hiking adventure up to 3,000 feet (914 m) Trail through jungle-covered boulders and mountains Mouthwatering lunch with delicious local delicacies Opportunity to take a swim in the rejuvenating waters Inclusions Guided hiking tour Lunch Roundtrip transportation to and from northern St. Lucia hotels  Exclusions Food and beverages not listed as Inclusions Know Before You Book Children 11 years and younger are not allowed. If you are pregnant, may not take part. If you have back, neck, joint, or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether to participate. You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain. At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place. Maximum group size is 60 people. You do not need previous hiking experience however the hike is considered intense. This activity is not wheelchair accessible. If you have limited mobility, you should not take part. Hotel pickup is available from most northern St. Lucia hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation   Location The Piton Mountains, Soufriere