We lead guided trips throughout the lush rainforests of St Lucia. Our specialty is the Edmund Forest Reserve, which contains Mount Gimie. To enter the Edmund Forest reserve, you are required by St Lucia law to travel with a licensed guide. Our company is one of the few that is officially licensed to guide trips to Mount Gimie. Here is a sampling of some of the trips that we offer:
- Forest hikes, including Enbas Saut Waterfalls, rain forest crossings, Edmund Forest Trails
- Plantation adventures
- Round-the-island sightseeing
- Tours of the sulphur springs and botanical gardens
Logistics and Transportation:
Once you arrive in St. Lucia, we’ll take care of your transportation to/from the Mount Gimie trailhead. If you can, please try to fly into UVF (Vieux Fort) rather than SLU, since it’s much closer to the trailhead, as described below.
There are two main airports in St Lucia: UVF (Hewanorra International Airport), located on the south end of the island in Vieux Fort; and SLU (George F. L. Charles Airport), located in Castries, in the north of St Lucia. UVF generally serves long-haul international flights from the US, UK, Canada and Germany, while SLU serves inter-Caribbean destinations. Cruise ships dock in Castries, close to the SLU airport.
Because Mount Gimie is located in the southern part of the island, our clients typically fly into UVF. When you land, we’ll pick you up and drive you to our trailhead office, located in the village of Fond St. Jacques, near Soufriere.
Day 1: Fly into UVF. We’ll meet you at the airport and drive you to our trailhead office (about 1-hour). Sleep at our trailhead accommodations, or you can bring a tent. (We can also pick you up from SLU/Castries, a 3-hour drive.)
Day 2*: Wake up at 7am, eat breakfast, and start hiking. Summit by 12 noon. Eat lunch on the summit. Back at the trailhead by 4pm.
*Note: we do offer trips to see sunrise from the summit, contact us for more details.
“My brother and I had an awesome climb with Miguel! He led the way with a comfortable pace and cleared the downed trees for us with his machete. During the climb, he shared his knowledge with us, pointing out different trees, bird calls, and even brought us on a little side trip to check out a waterfall. At the top, he shared some excellent local oranges with us. Miguel knows the mountain like the palm of his hand – he’s hiked it so many times (24, I heard) that he was able to predict our hiking time with +/-10 minutes of accuracy! Miguel’s the man!”
-Eric, Boston, USA
“Smith and Miguel we really willing to work with us to accommodate our tight schedule. We had fewer than 24 hours in St Lucia, so we were in a hurry, but these guys made sure that everything went smoothly. Smith met us the day before and gave us a nice place to sleep. Miguel met us early on summit day, at 3am, and was happy to quicken his pace to bring us to the summit in record time. We don’t normally hire guides, but Smith and Miguel really enriched our St Lucia experience. Would I hike Gimie with them again? Absolutely.”
-Matthew, Kentucky, USA