The Natural King and Guardian of St. Vincent

Ugur-and-Bastiaan-volcano La Soufrière is the highest peak in St. Vincent. It’s 1.234 meters (4.049 feet) and the last time it erupted was in 1979.

Going up to La Soufrière: The natural king and guardian of St. Vincent.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines is not far from that. La Soufrière is the country volcano, a natural monstrous marvel that can be seen from almost every point of the island. It stands there, with all his imperial magnitude, the king and guardian of this portion of land that carries all the warm of the lava within their citizen kindness.

Every country have they own appealing characteristics with historical monuments, unique landscapes, and particular roadways. These touristic assets that are frequently use by travel agencies to show how attractive a destiny can be, and carry an interesting number of people to get astonished by different wonders.

La Soufrière is the highest peak in St. Vincent. It’s 1.234 meters (4.049 feet) and the last time it erupted was in 1979.

it is especially relevant that more than 14 thousand people evacuated from the fervent red thick blood of the volcano. But, no worries, by now it keeps calm and quiet, like a baby sleeping with a lullaby.

At 9:00 in the morning we left the school to start the crossing journey to reach the highest point of the mountain, willing to see the crater and test how far we were from the typical imaginary taught at preschool of a triangular form with the lava coming out of it. It was supposed to be a nine hours walk and the best ally to confront this challenge was to enjoy each step, knowing that with every meter we were closer to the arrival.

We started walking along the beach, enjoying the view of the fishermen pulling their nets. Then we came into huge and intimidating rock walls that cover the mountainside.

Finally, we hiked within a delightful mix of scenarios: Dry hills, humid and dark rainforest and palm trees. Suddenly, we reached the half way point. I felt relieved, making me want more. Fast getting there and, to be honest, I thought  going to be tougher than that. I recharged myself with the energy of the trees and continued the path towards the peak.

However, the other half of the road gave some trouble, though. It didn’t seem that easy anymore, and the refreshing rainforest left behind. Now we didn’t have any shelter from the immense trees. The path was not green anymore, it turned yellow and dry. Actually, I felt like walking through the path of Maximus in The Gladiator movie, when he’s going to meet his family and walks along a wheat field in the old Rome.

The water was almost over by now, probably the thirst and fatigue dominated the body. Walking for four hours, but nothing could stop that craving of reaching the peak.

Almost like a marathon. The mind can only focus on the crossing line. That feeling is the fuel to continue and give one more step, and one more, and one more.

Also, after 36 thousand steps, 23 kilometers and 9 hours, we went up the hill and came back. The landscape was completely worth it. How far the preschool imaginary from the greatness of that rare beauty of La Soufrière? Not even the best camera could capture the splendid nature of the volcano and its crater. Like a friend of mine says, “the eyes have more pixels”. Finally if you are reading this and planning to come to St. Vincent, just make sure to get the best shot with your own eyes.

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