Discover the Soufrière volcano in Guadeloupe
The Soufrière volcano is one of the most visited tourist sites. It is nicknamed “vié madanm la” in Creole, which means the old lady, and is one of the nine active volcanoes in the archipelago. It is located at an altitude of 1467 metres. It is the highest peak in Guadeloupe and the Lesser Antilles.
La Soufrière is a still active volcano of the Pelean type, located inside the Guadeloupe National Park in the southern part of Basse-Terre, 12 kilometres from the prefecture and 5 kilometres from the village of Saint-Claude.
Its activity can be seen in the sulphurous fumes of sulphur and acid, fumaroles and hot springs at various points on the summit. The climate at the summit is cool (15-22°C).
The top of the volcano is called “la découverte” and offers an extraordinary view of the mountainous massifs of Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, the Caribbean Sea and the surrounding islands.
All along the ascent of the volcano, there is a very dense tropical forest. The flora and fauna of Soufriere are magnificent to discover.
The Soufriere volcano can be reached from the Yellow Baths. There is a car park for tourists.
What are the different activities to be done?
- Climb the Soufriere volcano.
- Visit the rainforest.
- photos credits: Charlotte B
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