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MT. LIAMUIGA:

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.

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Volcanic activity was recorded as recently as 1843.

hiKing The VolCAno

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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

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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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