World famous Pitons

precious Peaks

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virginvoices.com staff

They have been called majestic, towering, and awe-inspiring. But photos don't convey the picture. You’ve got to view the Pitons in their natural habitat - the island of St. Lucia.

And even without this World Heritage Site attraction St. Lucia is worth the trip.

The Pitons are so famous, the island's Ministry of Tourism recently created a new logo with a pointed Piton, and St. Lucia’s beer is even called Piton!

So what’s the big deal?

Near the towns of Soufrière and Choiseul on the southwestern coast of the island you’ll find two peaks: Gros Piton and Petit Piton.

Even if you don’t know French, you see that Gros Piton is bigger, nearly 3,000 feet above sea level. It’s sister Petit Piton is a little smaller, but still raises – yes majestically, toward the heavens.

The Pitons are dormant volcanoes, two and half miles apart.

There’s of course a Piton management area on the island. A UNESCO World Heritage site recognized for its lush, landscapes, flora and fauna.

Gros Piton is the only peak open for hikes, because petit Piton’s angle is too steep and dangerous, even if it is smaller of the two.

Located between the two peaks the Piton Mitan, the location the lovely Ladera Resort, which offers a better than bird’s view of the St. Lucia’s most famous landmark.

Photo: The world famous Pitons, from the deck of Ladera Resort.

virginvoices.com photo by Maura Curley


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