If you like the idea of a scenic hike – but can set off in under an hour and not leave you gasping for breath – hike the Tet Paul Nature Trail, just a 10-minute drive from Soufrière on the west coast of France. Saint Lucia, one of the Lesser Antilles islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea.
It's nothing like Gros Piton Stroll – which is basically like walking up the stairs. This loop is only 1 km long, so it's perfect for everyone including young children.
It is a real natural journey. Along the Tet Paul Nature Trail, your guide will point out the island's fascinating flora and fauna. If it's a clear day, you'll be able to see the distant islands of St. Vincent and Martinique.
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You will need a guide for the Tet Paul Nature Trail
When you get to the trailhead, you'll see signs pointing to a small building. You'll need to pay $10 for a guide here. Don't forget to take money for a tip as most of the money goes towards upkeep and upkeep of the trail.
And although you may think you don't need a guide, you'll probably learn a lot more than you expect. You will be putting money into the local economy. We had a nice colleague who knew his plants.
Description of Tet Bull Nature Trail
The Tet Paul Nature Trail is a great trail if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the beach resorts. You'll get a natural fix while you and your guide enjoy hiking at a relaxed pace.
Enjoy a direct view of Petit Piton, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of two volcanic towers, and Sugar Beach below, as well as the vibrant south side of St. Lucia all the way to Vieux Fort. .
Along the path and in the gardens, you'll see both native and exotic species along with traditional medicinal plants. Soursop (try soursop ice cream if you get the chance), avocado, passion fruit, and guava are some of the trees you're likely to see.
The stairway to heaven is part of the journey
There is a section of the Tet Paul Nature Trail called Stairway to Heaven. It's a short period and in a very short time, you will be on the catwalk.
From there, it's all downhill. Watch your steps on the road, especially after heavy rain.
John and I didn't take the time to stick our noses into Cassava House – we had a long walk to do, and we were hot and thirsty.
I understand that it is worth a visit to have a look at island life in the past. You can see the old tools and utensils used in preparing cassava. It is said that you can try cassava production as well.
Tet Bol Nature Trail location map
Gros Piton Stroll
I also highly recommend Gros Piton Stroll. You can usually organize this through your hotel – although it seems to inflate prices.
You can also arrange Gross Peyton spikes with Viator or Get your guide(using local guides) early. They do pickups from the hotel and provide water.
Where to stay near the Tet Bol Nature Trail
John and I were able to walk from Fond Doux Eco-Resort Where we spent four nights. It wasn't on the beach, but in the jungle, and our room was very private. We loved our cabin, the staff was lovely but the food was good.
If you want a high-end resort, check out Sugar Beach – Viceroy Resort. It is located on one of the island's beautiful white sand beaches – good places for swimming and snorkelling.
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