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Soufriere St Lucia

September 19, 2015 -

Soufriere St Lucia

Soufriere was once the capital of the island under French colonial rule. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction offering many st lucia things to do in and around the town. One of the things Soufriere St lucia is known for are its waterfalls and hot springs, including the famous sulphur springs volcano. Soufriere st lucia is also the best place for diving and snorkeling. There are several hiking trails near Soufriere, and those who are up for a challenge can hike the Gros Piton and the Petit Piton. Soufriere also offers some world famous, award winning resorts and restaurants.

New Jerusalem Hot Springs

These secluded hot and cold baths (clear water) are located along the Fond St. Jaques road near Soufriere st lucia. The springs are actually fed by the st lucia volcano higher up. Coming from the south, turn right by the greenhouses, just after a small bridge, about 10 minutes before  Soufriere. After Toraille waterfall, look for a sign along the road. The entrance to New Jerusalem is on your left,  park along the road and  follow the trail until you get to the river, where you pass through a small gate and cross the river. This attraction is usually not crowded and very authentic!

Sulphur Springs Volcano

You can do the guided tour of the famous “drive-in” volcano, or just enjoy the hot springs and healing black mud. The latest dated magmatic eruptions in the Qualibou volcano took place about 20,000 years ago, and the only known Holocene eruptive activity was a minor phreatic eruption in the Sulfur Springs geothermal area in 1766 that ejected a thin ash layer over a wide area.

Piton Waterfall, Soufriere

This warm waterfall is located on the way to the Sugar Beach resort at the base of the St Lucia pitons. After a 15 minute climb, you can take a rejuvenating warm bath under the waterfall within one of the constructed concrete basins.

Toraille Waterfall & Gardens, Soufriere

Near the town of Soufriere st lucia, just a stone’s throw from the scenic road through the community of Fond St. Jaques, a breathtaking st lucia waterfall gushes 50 feet over a cliff side. A nature trail with quaint bridges and walkways leads you through the lush greens and flowers. Changing rooms and picnic area are nearby.

Superman Falls

The entrance to this trail is located along the main road right where you turn to go to the sulphur springs volcano. The 45 minute hike ends in a 50 ft tall warm sulphuros waterfall. A little known attraction worth visiting!

Diamond Falls Botanical Garden

This well-known tourist attraction offers an extensive botanical garden whose signature attraction is a sulphurous waterfall. The restored Mineral Baths were originally built in 1784 just before the French revolution with funds from King Louis XVI. You can’t bathe under the waterfall, but there are adjoining baths which you can use for an additional fee.

Tet Paul Trail (easy)
This is quickly becoming a favorite st Lucia attraction! Tet Paul is a moderate 45 minute trail which starts in a small community near Soufriere, and takes you through an organic garden located at high altitudes. Most days you have an excellent view of the entire southern half of the island, and close ups of the St lucia Pitons. The entrance is right by Fond Doux Estate, just follow the signs and continue up the mountain to the very end of the road.

Edmund Forest Reserve (moderate to challenging) 4 WHEEL DRIVE REQUIRED
This 3½-hour hike will take you through the heart of the island into Edmund Forest Reserve on the west side of the island. Continue west for a magnificent view of Mt Gimie, St Lucia’s highest peak.

Enbas Saut (moderate to challenging) 4 WHEEL DRIVE REQUIRED
The Enbas Saut Falls trail is a remote 4km cut st lucia hinking trail six miles East of Soufriere at the foot of Mount Gimie, offering a combination of Rainforest, Cloud Forest, Elfin Woodlands and wildlife. The trail is famous for its two cascading waterfalls and pools at the head of the Troumasse River.

Gros Piton (2,619 ft. / 800 m)  (challenging)
The Gros Piton trail is one of Saint Lucia’s premier attractions, managed by the Gros Piton Tour Guide Association. This st lucia pitons hiking trail begins at the Interpretation Centre situated in the small community of Fond Gens Libre at the base of the Gros Piton. The climb to the top and back takes about 4 hours and after the halfway point the path gets steeper and more strenuous. At the top, the views overlook Petit Piton, and the South of St Lucia.

Petit Piton (2460 ft. / 750 m) (challenging)
The climb up and down the Petit Piton takes about 2 hours each way, but is steep all the way. In some areas, you have to use a rope to haul yourself up. The view overlooks Soufriere and the Gros Piton. Tour guides are available at the st lucia pitons Waterfall found at the base of the Petit Piton, or you can book a tour online.