Monday, April 20, 2009
PETIT PITON NATURAL SPINGS, SOUFRIERE, ST. LUCIA
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY, 1 to 5: 2
Just north of the trail head to Petit Piton and below the gated entrance to Jalousie Plantation, Petit Piton Natural Springs is a mixture of cold river water and hot sulfur springs. A perfect ending after the Petit Piton hike, these waters are great for sore tired muscles, aches and pains; all of which you’ll be guaranteed to have after descending Petit.
There are two ways in which you can get to the Natural Springs and base of Petit Piton. You can walk along Soufriere’s waterfront south on Baron’s Drive, then along a dirt road that follows the coastline. When you reach the retirement home that rests to your right, turn left over a very small bridge and then immediate right up a steep hill. There are signs marking the direction to the waterfall, and if all else fails, just look up at the Piton and make your way towards it. Look for Martha’s Tables Restaurant to your left as you draw near.
A second route is to follow the main road that leads out of Soufriere, exiting at the sign leading to Jalousie Plantation. This road eventually meets up with the first route. Your best option if traveling from the south.
Entrance Fee: $7.50 EC
PEACE CORPS PROCEDURE:
-ALWAYS hike with at least one partner, preferably two.
MEGAN HAWKS, EC 75
I love Petit Piton Waterfall! It’s great after it closes with friends because it is private and cooler outside temp for the warm water. Of course I wouldn’t know what it is like at 3am because that would be a safety risk. You could also go to Jalousie Beach before– it’s beautiful right between the Pitons! Try Martha’s Tables, a great local restaurant nearby. Should be part of your Soufriere Excursion!
NICHOLAS KLINGER, EC 76
For those hiking Petit Piton, this is an absolute must!! There is no better way to end your hike than a relaxing soak in these natural springs. Just a 2- minute walk from the base of the Piton trail. Be sure and soak in the pool just to your left as you enter for some really warm waters. Don’t forget to carry cash with you on your hike so that you can pay the entrance fee!