We are now back in the UK after a week in St Lucia. I spent most of yesterday recovering from jet lag, hence no blog posts, but am feeling a bit more awake today. Further to my post about our open top jeep ride around St Lucia, I have now been able to get to the pictures. I found that the jeep ride was a particularly good way to see the island, mainly because there are only 8 people to each jeep, so if you have any questions you can ask the guide at any time. You can also ask to pull over at any time, if there is anything you want to explore further.
The tour started by driving through some of the more built up areas of island including the capital Castries. Pictured left is one of the islands many Catholic churches.
Pictured right is the tour guide Chris and our friend Dave who also came on the trip with us.
Here you can see one of the many places along the road where the local farmers offer some of their fruit for you to taste.
Pictured right is just one of the many banana plantations that we drove past.
Pictured left you can see me at the front of the jeep and next to that some pineapples growing in one of the plantations.
Here you can see the landscape as it starts to change as we reach the range forest. At this point the air becomes much cooler and the tracks through the forest are at times no more than dirt tracks.
To the left you can see a view of The Pitons, St Lucia's most famous landmark that stands over 2,000 feet tall. To the right is a picture of Rory enjoying a dip under a waterfall which is meant to have healing properties.
On the left is a picture of the Sulphur Springs at the dormant volcano and on the right myself, Rory and Dave at the springs.
This shows our visit to a cocoa plantation. The picture to the far left shows the cocoa beans drying in the sun and the other picture shows a lady pealing the roasted beans before they are made into cocoa sticks. According to the guide over 90% of the cocoa from this plantation ends up in the US.
In the afternoon we made our way back by boat. Here you can see me enjoying the boat trip and Rory swimming in the sea.