While visiting St. Vincent and the Grenadines, i recently toured the Soufriere volcano (the largest volcano in the Caribbean) on the island of St. Vincent. I was guided by Desmond from the tour company Sailors, which is the largest tour operator on the island. The owner of the firm was very helpful in accommodating my time schedule. The tour can start with a pickup at your hotel and proceeds by vehicle up the eastern shore (windward coast) past Georgetown then turns inland from the coast and the drive terminates at a park facility where the hiking begins. It is about a 3-1/2 mile hike to the volcano rim up a good trail that is well-maintained and combines various types of track including many stairs. The total vertical climb is about 4,000 feet and takes an average of 1-1/2 hours. This is challenging hiking and not recommended unless you are reasonably fit. the guide will lead at a comfortable pace and is sensitive to individual paces and breaks along the way sure help. The reward at the top is awesome.... if the weather is clear. On my tour I experienced good luck and could see the whole crater and dome as well as both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Expect the temperature at the rim to be about 8-10 degrees celsius lower than where you started at sea level. I suggest taking in 2-3 bottles of water (Sailors kindly provided this). and maybe a jacket or sweater. The hike back down takes about 1 hour on average and can be followed by lunch at a nice restaurant in Georgetown. Sailors will then return you to your hotel. Contact them for pricing as that depends on how many are in your group. While it is possible to do this hike without a guide, I do not recommend it. The guide will ensure your safety and comfort and is also current on any recent changes in the trail- sometimes there are washouts and the trail track can vary.
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