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Castries, Caribbean
Gros Piton Hiking Adventure
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Trek along the Gros Piton Nature Trail with a local guide during this full-day adventure on St Lucia. Visit the nature interpretation center at Fond Gens Libre to learn about the area's flora and fauna. Attempt the challenging climb to Gros Piton's summit, which affords panoramic views of the entire island and the turquoise Caribbean Sea that lies beyond. Explore the tunnels and caves at Anse L'Ivrogne Canyon, a historic site used as a hiding spot for rebel fighters during the slave uprising in the 18th century. 
  • Gros Piton Nature Trail hike on St Lucia
  • Visit the Fond Gens Libre interpreter center to learn about the flora and fauna
  • Hike a moderate to strenuous trail to the summit of Gros Piton
  • Discover the caves and rock shelters of Anse L'lvrogne Canyon
  • Admire views of its volcanic twin peak, Petit Piton, and the Caribbean Sea
  • Learn about the fascinating history of St Lucia from an expert guide
  • Round-trip hotel transport from your North Island hotel
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • Pointe Seraphine Duty Free Shopping Complex, Castries, St Lucia
  • La Place Carenage, Jeremie St, Castries, St Lucia


Departure Time

7:00 AM
Following pickup at your hotel in St Lucia, board a coach for the scenic ride to the west coast of St Lucia. 

Upon arrival at Fond Gens Libre, named for the freedom fighters who used the area as a hideout during the 18th-century slave rebellion, meet your guide at the nature interpretation center. Peruse the center's exhibits to learn about the wildlife and native flora found in the area, which will be helpful later to identify those species on your hike. 

Start up the Gros Piton Nature Trail with your guide, the first section of which is a moderate trek around the base of the mountain. As you wind around the mountain, enjoy panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and Choiseul Village. Look for local birds, some of them rare, like the St Lucia black finch and the St Lucian oriole. At Anse L'lvrogne Canyon, explore the hideouts, tunnels and caves that were used by freedom fighters centuries ago. 

The second part of the climb is strenuous, and suitable only for those in good physical condition. The summit of Grand Piton affords fantastic views of the entire island of St Lucia, as well as the twin peak of Petit Piton in the near distance. 

After the 4-hour round-trip hike, return to the coach for transportation back to your hotel. 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
  • The roundtrip hike to climb Gros Piton is approximately 4 hours
  • Please Note: This tour is recommended for the physically fit only. You may climb only part way if you wish, as the top half of the climb is quite strenuous. This climb is not for those who suffer from heart ailments, are pregnant, suffer from a serious walking disability or have a fear of heights.
  • This tour requires a minimum number of 6 passengers to operate. There is a possibility that the tour may be canceled after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be provided the option to take the tour on an alternative date or be refunded in full. It will be necessary for you to call 48 hours prior to your departure date to reconfirm (contact details provided on your confirmation voucher)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Barefoot Holidays

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Gros Piton Hiking Adventure?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Gros Piton Hiking Adventure?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Gros Piton Hiking Adventure?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Gros Piton Hiking Adventure?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Gros Piton Hiking Adventure?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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Great hike! Loved the experience...
angach86
, Jun 2018
Great hike! Loved the experience. Quincy, our guide was awesome. It's a very nice challenge that I definitely recommend!
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The drive to the Pitons from the...
Patricia B
, Nov 2016
The drive to the Pitons from the North of St.Lucia is great! Sit back and enjoy the view and conversation with your driver. The hike is a good workout. I found it harder coming down than going up. Be prepared and check your weather. If it is cloudy you will get to the top and see nothing which was my view on this day!. However, my problem was with my guide. He was completely disinterested and spent the majority of his time on his cell phone. This did not make the hike enjoyable. At the half way point, he told me to go and he would catch up. So I did and he never caught up to me. I reached the top without him. He stayed with me on the way down and again spent most of his time on his phone and made no effort to have a conversation with me. On the return ride, my drive, his companion and myself had a great time. We stopped for food at the local restaurant and enjoyed some beer together. Then, we stopped at the best photo points, and of course the Cassava shop for bread and seams. If you have not tried this, ask you drive to stop for you. I think if I were to do this again, I would not bother booking a tour but going on my own. That is book a taxi, pay the hike fee and be on my way. It is probably much cheaper.
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My husband, 10 1/2 year old, 13 year...
Kristan J
, Apr 2016
My husband, 10 1/2 year old, 13 year old and I just hiked the Gros Piton last week while on spring break. I'm so glad we booked with Viator. From pick up, through the hike, and back to the drop off at our hotel, it was the perfect excursion! The gentleman who picked us up from the hotel and I'm kicking myself because I don't remember his name! was amazing. He was so nice, and incredibly knowledgeable about all things St. Lucia. Through our questions and conversations, he told us about the current government, upcoming elections, the economy, culture, everything! He had no problem stopping for us whenever we saw a photo opportunity, and likewise pulled over to jump out and show us his favorite sites. He picked cocoa pods and let us taste the kernels inside citrus-like, handed us tamarind pods and soursop fruits, showed us cashews growing in the trees, pointed out nutmeg and cinnamon trees and explained how bananas grow. And then gave my son his only can of lemon lime soda flavored with nutmeg and Angostura bitters. He delivered us to the amazing Simone who was our guide for the hike mandatory. Simone made certain we had the recommended water for each of us available AND reasonably priced in the welcome center and then gave us a brief history of the area, and an overview of what to expect from the hike. The only restrooms on the trail were here and were very clean. We rented walking sticks for 1, but found out well into the hike that they would have been worth 50! The hike was strenuous for those of us in fairly decent shape, but breaks were very welcome. Sunscreen, hats, and snacks are a must, as are very sturdy shoes. The climb is about 1200 feet over 3.5 miles, and then back down. We did it in about 4 1/2 hours. There were no crowds, which was great, and we only passed a few other small groups on the way up and down. The views from several points on the trail and from the top totally make it worth visiting this World Heritage Site.
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Wow! Great hike. Seriously a...
Michelle C
, Feb 2015
Wow! Great hike. Seriously a challenge. Do not go unless you are in great shape! We loved it but can honestly say that it was one of the tougher hikes we completed. We run, lift ,play sports, etc and still a great challenge. Some of our party made it 1/4 of the way. Bring lots of water.
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This is a very challenging hike. The...
Ren
, May 2013
This is a very challenging hike. The view at the top is not as great as what you will see about halfway up.
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This is a very, very challenging hike...
Joe K
, Dec 2010
This is a very, very challenging hike, but the reward upon finishing is fantastic and well worth the effort. The views are postcard perfect. The trail is very well marked, however, you are required to have a "guide". I think this is just so locals can make money, but I don't really have a problem with that. However, our guide basically led us up the trail, but did not share much information. I learned more about the trail and the mountain by reading about it before we even arrived in St. Lucia. There are some really good photo spots along the trail, including an incredible view of Petit Piton at the 1/2 mark. While the hike itself is pretty fantastic, it can be a very long drive (1.5-2 hrs) from areas of Castries or further north. It is a very winding and twisty road. Our tour driver never stopped for lunch, as listed, which was a huge negative since we were starving after hiking. At $130, this tour is way overpriced(especially without lunch), but if you are a hiker and you want great views, it might be worth the money.
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This was a great trip and definitely...
Christopher T
, May 2007
This was a great trip and definitely worth doing. What a different way to see St. Lucia! Along the trail there are many fabulous views, and the view from the top is incredible. The hike, however, is definitely advanced. You hike straight up for about two and a half hours over rocks and steep pathways. Make sure to take plenty of water and energy snacks!
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