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La Soufriere Volcano, Saint-Claude

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Visit the highest point on the island, the summit of La Soufriere Volcano, an active volcano. Challenge yourself and hike to the summit, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking ocean and island views from a height of 1,234 m (4,049 ft). During the approximate 2-hour hike, you'll pass through rainforest, montane thicket, and cloud forest before you reach the ash-strewn crater with an active lava dome at its center. From here, choose to walk around the active dome via a steep rope-assisted path (which takes about 2 hours) further across the island to the village of Richmond, or hike back down. Use our Saint-Claude online road trip planner to arrange your visit to La Soufriere Volcano and other attractions in Saint-Claude.
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  • One of the best activities that I have done in the Caribbean. It’s a strenuous hike and you need to be fit. It’s easily a 4 hour hike (2 1/2 hour up and 1 1/2 hour down). At the start of the hike is.....  more
    One of the best activities that I have done in the Caribbean. It’s a strenuous hike and you need to be fit. It’s easily a 4 hour hike (2 1/2 hour up and 1 1/2 hour down). At the start of the hike is.....  more »
  • Nice hike from Bains Jaunes to Savane à Mulets. Unfortunately the rest of the hike to the summit was closed off (due to hazardous trail conditions after storm Fiona). Too bad we only found out when....  more
    Nice hike from Bains Jaunes to Savane à Mulets. Unfortunately the rest of the hike to the summit was closed off (due to hazardous trail conditions after storm Fiona). Too bad we only found out when....  more »
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  • 1. Take a tour guide if you want to get up close to the craters like we did. We took KarukeraTours with Aurelie as our tour guide. She's a pro. We were given a gas mask and used before we got to craters. Without a tour guide and a gas mask, you cannot go inside the craters area 2. I found that the track was not too easy. Steep, rocky, narrow. Couldn't imagine when it's raining. Must be slippery. But I saw loads of kids under 10 yo taking 'le chemin de Dame' (touristic pathway). We took le chemin géologue. Alot quicker 3. Make sure you take long pants to avoid scratches and bruises on your legs, bring jacket. It gets cold once you're on top. 4. Essentials to bring : water, juices in small packages, snack bars, sandwiches, small tissues, plastic bag for your rubbish, hat, arnica cream, doliprane or paracetamol(just incase). 5. No public toilets 6. Parking is challenging. Good experience for the kids. They enjoyed it so much. We had a good time in Guadeloupe
  • Stunning hike along a lush and vibrant path up and around the mountain. The views from the top are fantastic. Although well maintained, this trail would be considered intermediate in terms of difficulty due to rocks and elevation gain. It took us about 2 hours up and 1 hour return. The warm pool at the bottom was a perfect way to end the hike!

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