K i t t S STEVE MCCAbE/dELPHIS.dM
iNtO tHE DORMANt VOLCANO
St. Kitts’ most commanding landmark, Mt. Liamuiga, reaches high enough into the sky to touch clouds drifting over its lush and verdant slopes.
Carib for “fertile land” or “fertile isle.”
At 3,792 feet, this dormant volcano is
Estates on the island’s northwest side, but
taller than Mt. Nevis on St. Kitts’ sister
trails soon become rugged with protruding
island and is one of the highest peaks
roots amid slippery and muddy, narrow
in the Eastern Caribbean. At its summit
and rocky paths. The more adventurous
sits a crater more than a half-mile wide,
cling to ropes along steep ledges from
containing a shallow but shimmering
the mountain’s rim to dip 400 or so feet
lake that is often shrouded in fog —
into the vast volcanic crater.
a geological wonder formed by fiery eruptions of past millennia.
Volcanic activity was recorded as recently as 1843.
hiKing The VolCAno
CloCKWiSe From ABoVe: The highest point on St. Kitts; aerial view of the island; the Devil’s Tooth rock formation, with St. eustatius and the island of Saba in the distance.
Many visitors to St. Kitts take on the challenge of reaching the summit. Casual boots, but don’t tackle this peak without an experienced guide. Most hikes to the rim use well-traveled trails from belmont
hikers, be warned: bring your hiking
The hike can be exhilarating. Tropical plants and flora enhance dramatic
Mt. Liamuiga was called Mt. Misery
views stretching down to aquamarine
by the british, but legend has it that
shorelines. Green Vervet monkeys
native Carib Indians actually gave it that
scamper nearby the dense forested
ominous name after suffering through
trails. And those who descend into the
volcanic eruptions. The name stuck until
crater, where occasional whiffs of sulfur
1983, when St. Kitts won independence
waft with warm Caribbean winds, will
from Great britain. The current name is
experience the thrill of a lifetime. —R. V.
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