St. Lucia possesses a topography and ecology of
stunning beauty, matched by no other location in the
Caribbean. The island's pride in its natural resources
is evident in the country's ongoing protection and
conservation efforts. In the mountainous interior lies
the enormous National Rain Forest, and the island's
protected coastal sights include the breathtaking,
unforgettable spires of Les Pitons.
The Pitons: Located near Soufriere, these primeval twin peaks, topping 2,000 feet, are St. Lucia's most famous landmark. Only the most daring climbers have ventured an ascent to their summits, but they can be seen in all their glory from Mt. Gimie or from the decks of a boat offshore.
National Rain Forest: Of particular appeal to bird watchers, hikers and nature lovers, it covers 19,000 acres of lush mountains and valleys. It is home to giant ferns, birds of paradise and many other indigenous tree species, exotic flowers and fruits, and its paths are strewn with tiny bromeliads, wild orchids and mushrooms. Among the rare and beautiful birds adding colour to the scene are the brightly-hued St. Lucia Parrot, known locally as the "Jacquot," the White Breasted Thrasher, the St. Lucia Peewee, and the St. Lucia Oriole.