The Pitons UNESCO World Heritage Site, St. Lucia

Together, the Pitons of St. Lucia are one of the most recognisable sights in the whole Caribbean.

Our first view of St. Lucia and the Pitons in the dawn

The Pitons rise above the town of Soufriere

Petit Piton (on the right) and Gros Piton (on the left)

Gros Piton, the larger of the two, is 2530 feet high, while Petit Piton is a smidge shorter, at 2438 feet.

The pair form part of the Pitons Management Area

In terms of height, less than 100 feet separates the two peaks

The Pitons are the remnants of volcanic plugs, which formed within volcanic vents around 200-300 thousand years ago. Over time, the softer rock of the original vents has been eroded, to leave behind the harder, more resistant lava plugs of the Pitons.

Petit Piton from Soufriere beach

Idyllic stuff, isn’t it?

Life can be tough sometimes!

Gros and Petit Piton lie within the Pitons Management Area, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

Petit Piton and the UNESCO World Heritage Site sign

Petit Piton

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8 Responses to The Pitons UNESCO World Heritage Site, St. Lucia

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    I always enjoy it when you have time to participate. 😀

  2. Interesting place to visit, Jaspa. Thanks for taking me along too. 😃

  3. Hammad Rais says:

    The Pitons do look so amazing 🙂

  4. curiouseeker says:

    Wow ! This place looks awesome! 😃
    Would love to visit this one.
    Had been recently to one of the UNESCO site in India – Hampi
    Sharing my experience-

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