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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Stairway to Heaven - Tet Paul Trail St Lucia

St Lucia's most famous landmarks

The twin peaks of Petit Piton and Gros Piton soaring 2,000 feet high 







Located just 10 minutes from Soufriere, the Tet Paul Nature Trail offers a personalized guided eco-friendly nature experience off the beaten path 








Located in the St Lucia World Heritage Site, Tet Paul is tucked away on six acres in the lush forest and agricultural land of the farming community of Chateau Belair. 




Traditional House - Wooden Creole Hut 
The organic Creole gardens are still grown according to the traditional farming methods

The winding nature trail staircase was built by school children of St Lucia using rocks, small boulders, wooden planks and tree branches. 






The walk upward is moderate, takes approximately 45 minutes, and after climbing to the top you will have a breathtaking up close 360 degree views of Petit Piton and Gros Piton - which are actually just three miles apart.





Aside from viewing the Pitons, there are stunning views of Soufrière, Vieux Fort, the parish of Choiseul, the community of Fond Gens Libre which means ‘Valley of the Free People’, Jalousie Bay, Maria Island at St. Lucia’s southern tip, and on a clear day you can view the island of Martinique to the north or St. Vincent to the south.  





St Lucia - Chenille Plant

Banana Plants

Along the way the local guide points out the native medicinal plants and trees such as Agave, Aloe, Avocada, Bamboo, Bay Leaf, Cashew, Chives, Cassava, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Ginger, Guava, Lime, Lemon Grass, Mint, Nutmeg, Papaya, Pineapple, Poinsettia, Soursop, Sugar Apple, Flame Trees, and so many more! 


Poinsettia

A very prickly palm

This is a working organic farm where you also have the opportunity to meet the local farm workers, learn about the islands local plants and herbs, and how they are used for medicinal purposes. 







Almost close enough to touch!


Had to capture a brief video view  




More pics to follow (ˆ◡ˆ) 


Happy Travels,
Linda