St. Kitts Mount Liamuiga Volcano Excursion Reviews
Experience the heights of St. Kitts with a climb to the top of Mount Liamuiga, an extinct volcano.
This was to be a 6 mile hike to see the volcano (3 miles up and 3 miles back). It was more of a mountain climbing expedition than a hike. The "trail" was straight up, in most places more of a large drainage ditch with tall ledges and exposed roots and vines. We're experienced hikers so these obstacles aren't overwhelming in and of themselves. However, our guide expected us to essentially jog up the mountain, constantly scolding us to hurry up because there isn't enough time to stop and take a drink of water. Half of our group didn't make it to the top because of the ridiculous pace that was being set by the guide. We were offered a dried up piece of biscotti at the top and that was all that were offered to eat on our 6 hour excursion. It was awful.
This was a bucket list for most everyone in my family! What a beautiful ride to get to the mountain, then the hike through the rain forest up the volcano. The tour leaders did a great job explaining things about the rain forest and volcano as we ascended upwards. They also did a good job watching those who could not make it. The terrain was rough and muddy, so bring old shoes or hiking boots for this one!
This was very strenuous!!! 45 minute drive in 4X4 then 21/2 hour hike up volcano and 2 hour hike back down. There's not much of a path so it was a lot of holding onto roots and trees to haul yourself up. You start at 780 feet and go to 2800 feet and its 82 degrees with high humidity. The guides are excellent and they point out vegetation on the walk. Was disappointed that we didn't see any monkeys. Only saw mongoose. Not for people who are out-of-shape. Light lunch is a ham and cheese sandwich so take snacks. They do provide water. I drank 3 bottles going up and there's no washrooms!! They call it the "bush room".
We're sub-30 and in great shape. This hike was HARD. Pure cardio on the way up (2.5 miles each way, about 2.5 hrs up, 2 hrs down). The bus ride to the trail head was about 45 mins each way. The guides are super nice, but really hate the monkeys on the island - we saw a bunch of them on the hike.
Once you get to the top, you get to look into the caldera (inside of the volcano peak), and here's the only complaint - you only get about 45 seconds to view it before you start your descent. Would it really kill the tour operators to rest for 10 minutes up there with some good views?
We really enjoyed the hike, but it's rocky, you use roots and rocks to climb up, and coming down isn't easy either. Not the hardest hike I've ever done, and everyone who started did finish, but it was not walk in the park.
It poured rain (I guess that's why they call it a rain forest...) and there wasn't much to see at the top. Lots of mud and very slippery. It's a VERY steep hike (some on hands and knees) and I would wear hiking shoes if possible. Nice drive out to the volcano -- lots of nice views of old sugar plantations.
This is a tough one for me to review, because the weather was not good and we couldn't see anything from the top. I will say that this hike it TOUGH! I hike a lot in Oregon, and I am used to hiking up and down mountains. But the terrain is very steep, and I had to pull myself up a lot holding on to small trees and rocks. The pace is pretty fast, and my legs were fried by the time we started back down the mountain. I was sore for a couple of days after the hike...another couple on the hike with us told us later that they cancelled all of their excursions after the hike because they were so sore. Also, this excursion was $99, and I don't think it was a good value for the cost. We had some bread and juice at the top of the mountain and a very basic sandwich at the end of the hike...no real meal.
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