La Soufrière

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La Soufrière is a large volcano that is still active, and this volcano covers one third of the island to the north. The volcanic mountain reaches a height of 40,000 feet, and the climb is a difficult and rigorous one. La Soufrière is the highest point on the island, and out of all the peaks in the country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. There are guided tours that can be taken. The volcano has a crater lake, and hiking to the top and back down again is an all day excursion. This is an active volcano which last erupted in 1979, but no one was injured or killed because of modern technology which predicted the eruption ahead of time.

La Soufrière volcano is the youngest volcano on this Caribbean island, and also the one at the northernmost point. Hiking up this site means a long windward coast hike, but some of the most picturesque views and exceptional vistas can be seen along the way. When this volcano erupted in 1902 it wiped out part of the Carib culture and killed more than 1,600 people. This is not the only volcano that is named La Soufrière in the Caribbean, this is french for the sulfur outlet and a number of volcanoes in the Caribbean have this name. Hiking up La Soufrière or even just gazing up at this volcano can be incredibly exciting, especially because it is still active.

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