Hi, beautiful people! This week I would like to share the epic hike I had at La Soufriere Volcano. This is an active volcano on the island of St. Vincent & The Grenadines. The last eruption occurred in 1979 sending ash so high into the atmosphere that it could be seen in the neighboring islands. I have bad luck, SO I am REALLY pleased that I am still here sharing my experience with you! I’ve heard so much about it that I wanted to do the volcano hike since I moved here to St. Vincent & The Grenadines. I can tell you I wasn’t disappointed by the adventure, and if you come all the way to the Caribbean, it is definitely a must. It will be a worthwhile escapade!
♥ The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down (Illenium Remix)
Time for the adventure!
The exciting day started with a nice drive along the windward coast of the island to get to the trail buried deep within a tropical rainforest. I enjoyed the incredible views, singing songs out loud, and taking in the breathtaking view of the clear blue water that is the Atlantic Ocean, which caressed and crashed onto the black sand beaches.
We did the hiking route from Rabacca on the windward coast. The trail is in excellent condition, well-maintained and although it is a steady uphill climb you really don’t feel it as you can pause at various “hot spots”. You can stop to experience the breath-taking views as you go, passing through tropical rainforest, filled with creaking bamboos, exotic flowers, plants and small rivers that flow smoothly down the once violent pyroclastic flows. Now that’s a sunday funday!
You can divide the hike with three resting spots, and of course, you can take breaks as needed to contemplate the beautiful and unique nature of this area. Once you get to the top, you might just be all sweaty, and feeling gross, but the cool winds at this high altitude will have you feeling refreshed in no time. For those more adventurous, they can walk along the rim to a point where you can climb down into the crater. I have yet to do this, but I do know that taking some safety gear (at least a helmet) is a good idea as rocks can come dislodged by those descending above, OUCH! The way down is much easier of course, (thanks, gravity!) and you will feel so happy that you made it to the top that going back will be like a walk in the park.
What a wonderful way to get exercise on your week, while switching it up with the gym and getting to enjoy the beautiful island and its nature!
If you are up for an adventure, you have found the right challenge!
Photo credits: Adam Gravel & Angela Picknell