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“Volcano tour on St. Vincent”

La Soufriere Cross Country Trail
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La Soufriere Volcano Hiking Tour
Ranked #2 of 52 things to do in St. Vincent
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Owner description: The La Soufriere Cross Country Trail winds its way from sea level up to the top of the majestic La Soufriere Volcano (4048ft/ 1178m). Granite cliffs reach for the sky, giving way to sweeping valleys and deep gorges and eventually the immense volcanic crater. The walk to the crater is moderately difficult, and takes about two hours uphill from the windward side. The La Soufriere Cross Country Trail snakes across the width of St Vincent, and can be walked from either the leeward or windward coast. The total trail is approximately 9 miles (15 km) long and offers breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding land and seascape and close encounters with fauna.
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Volcano tour on St. Vincent”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

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.

Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Warren C
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this review, 15 September 2016
Thank you for visiting, we are happy that you had an amazing experience and you enjoyed the hike and the beautiful views. Come again soon.
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Ontario,Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Worth The Effort”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

We were recently in SVG for a vaca..One of the things that my wife said that she wanted to do was the climb up the volcano. After some research it was quickly realised that we would need a guide, after more looking we decided on Hazeco tours. This was the best choice we have made.
We had a guide by the name of Elroy and right from the beginning we knew that we were in for a good day. Elroy was extremely knowledgable about the entire area, and was quick to point out all things of interest from plant and animal life to island history.

The climb up the volcano, from the windward side, is strenuous! But well worth it at the end.
Hazeco provided all the water,fruit and juice that we needed.

This is a great climb and well worth it
You must have a guide and Hazeco and Elroy are great and will take care of all your needs

At the end of the climb (and part of the Hazeco package) we went to a local restaurant.
Now if you are looking for 5 star, Stop. elroy took us to a local place, for local fare.
I must tell you that the ROTI that I had was fantastic!! The place we went was just a hole in the wall, but I must say from experience that these are the best places to eat!

All in all a great tour with a great guide from a great company

Visited February 2014
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Thank Kent M
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this review, 15 September 2016
Thank you for visiting, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike. Come again soon.
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Guelph, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Fourth time”
Reviewed 15 February 2014

From Leeward this time, starting from Richmond Vale Academy, with a guide, Franklin, who was essential. The Christmas Eve storm led to many detours. I wouldn't have been able to do the hike without a guide. Maybe starting from windward it would be ok. Five years ago, before hurricane Tomas, and now this storm, this was an easy hike. Not anymore. It's a little treacherous now, because of the detours, but well worth the effort. It also takes a full day. We left at 7:45 am and arrived back close to 5:30 or so. We descended into the crater, which took another hour at least. We were moving the whole time, with only a few short breaks. The government has spent money on the windward side, but none on the leeward. I guess they figure no tourists would attempt that. I was very tired the next day, couldn't do much at all. You can have a beer at the end, at the rum shop at the end of the highway, and talk with the growers who climb those hills to plant their marijuana. The current owner has a boat and can take you to the Falls of Baleine for a reasonable cost. It would be nice if the government could build a bench at the halfway point, a very old Strangling Fig tree, at least 300 years old.

Visited January 2014
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Thank Ian C
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this review, 15 September 2016
Thank you for your comments and for visiting, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike. Come again soon.
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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764 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Nice Activity”
Reviewed 6 December 2013

A very nice outdoor activity. During the month of november, when I went, it can be very windy so it is better in another season. The view from up there is very beautiful and you can even swim in a lake.

Visited November 2013
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this review, 9 September 2016
Thank you for visiting, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike and the views. Come again soon.
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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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5 reviews
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“I LOVE IT! IT'S FOR THE HIKER AT HEART”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Five hours to go up, four hours to go back down. This was truly an experience. Maybe the time could have been cut by an hour or half, but the other hiker who was with me ain't no outdoors man, lol. This was so great. You literally start from sea level because I was on the leeward side of the island. You have to go down to the beach and you start upwards from there. The rain started falling about 2 hrs up but it was all good. I would recommend however you go there in the dry season. In the caribbean that's between January to June when there is little rain fall cause trust me, when you reach the top the view is amazing. and you don't want to be trekking upwards for hrs only to have your view of the volcano clouded by fog. You DONOT want to go there in the rainy season, cause when rain falls... IT FALLS. And also, if you know if you are not accustomed to the outdoors, please do not go because you can spoil it for others. You do not want to be hiking up there and you want to go back after an hour or two because you can't make it and spoil it for everyone else. And when you reach to the top, you must go into the crater. Trust me, it's worth it. It's about half an hour down on a rope. But when you get there, you won't be disappointed. It is an active volcano. I also had a great guide, his name is Franklin and he is from the hiking centre.

Visited August 2013
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NationalParksAuth, Public Education and PR Assistant at La Soufriere Cross Country Trail, responded to this review, 15 September 2016
Thank you for visiting, we are happy that you enjoyed the hike and the amazing views from the top and in the crater. Come again soon.
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