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Mount Liamuiga

Listed under Mountains in Saint Kitts and Nevis.

  • Photo of Mount Liamuiga
  • Photo of Mount Liamuiga
  • Photo of Mount Liamuiga
Photo of Mount Liamuiga
Photo by Dave and Deb
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Standing 1166 metres (3792 feet) high, this dormant volcano is an excellent hike through the jungle.

We awoke to a clear and sunny day at the St. kitts Marriott where we met our guide Dion from Greg’s Safaris. The hour long drive to the other side of the island was delightful as we bounced along in the back of the truck dodging other cars, goats and families walking along the side of the road. This beautiful drive treated us to gorgeous views of the St. Kitts coastline with a mandatory stop at Black Rocks. A stunning cluster of jagged black rocks on the Caribbean Sea created by the lava flow of Mount Liamuiga’s last eruption 1600 years ago.

We didn’t have long to linger though because this sleeping giant was waiting for us to conquer her.

Mount Liamuiga gets its name from the original name of the island of St. Kitts. It means “fertile island.” A very appropriate name indeed, as the area surrounding the mountain is a thick and lush rainforest filled with exotic trees, plants, dripping water and plenty of spiders.

It wasn’t always so serene on this island however. Back in the 1600′s thousands of Carib Indians were massacred by the French and English who combined their efforts to defeat an uprising from native islanders. Devestating the entire tribe. The few survivors either fled the island for safer grounds or ran to higher ground and committed suicide by jumping into the volcano’s deep crater.

It was for this reason the English renamed it Mount Misery.

Centuries later, peace and stability have returned to St. Kitts and the mountain now bears it’s original name. Mount Liaguima.

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Written by  Dave and Deb.

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