La Soufriere Volcano, Parc National

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Visit the highest point on the island, the summit of La Soufriere Volcano, an active volcano. Challenge yourself and hike to the summit, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking ocean and island views from a height of 1,234 m (4,049 ft). During the approximate 2-hour hike, you'll pass through rainforest, montane thicket, and cloud forest before you reach the ash-strewn crater with an active lava dome at its center. From here, choose to walk around the active dome via a steep rope-assisted path (which takes about 2 hours) further across the island to the village of Richmond, or hike back down. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Parc National holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the La Soufriere Volcano and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Contrary to many opinions, we have not begun the ascent at 7:30 - 8: 00 as everyone advises, but rather at 11: 00. Indeed, the parking lot is tiny yellow bathroom level and at this hour, many people already down, can then reclaim their place. Our choice was also wise because even if one has crossed the world during our ascent, make mini breaks to let people who stay allows you to rest a bit. On the way down we almost met no one. Got to the top, you must wait to have a thinning, but must still choose the day, because if it rains it is useless to attempt the ascent.
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  • First step through the rainforest. Second part of the course in uncovered areas, along the volcano. Here the vegetation changes completely. Always lush, there are mosses and ferns so far never noticed. Ascension is sometimes difficult. The embarrassing descent at times also. But you get there taking his time. Predict: arrive early enough (on the parking places are limited), a snack (need energy down and comfort at the top), wind (wind and rain) clothes, good shoes, water to hydrate, sunscreen and a hat (3/4 short course).
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  • The hike to do in Guadeloupe. Don't hesitate to go early: there is often a lot, really a lot of people, we Park or we can along the road... but the ballad is worth a visit. Yellow bathroom parking also is a departure from many other sometimes more sporty hiking, in full heart of the forest.
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