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Drive-In Volcano

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The only drive-in volcano in the world, this St Lucia volcano also called the St Lucia Sulphur Springs is spectacular place to visit. Drive-in volcano is located in Soufriere as it prides itself of being the only drive in volcano to explore fully. In fact, you will notice that there are people living within the perimeter of the craters. This area is the source of the name of the town of Soufriere.

The last major volcanic eruption in St Lucia occurred about 40,000 years ago and a minor one occurs in 1780. To this day this volcanic pit continues to vent sulfur into the air and heat pools of water above boiling temperatures, where the sulfur was mined and exported in the 1830s. You can’t actually drive into the St. Lucia volcano, but you will get close enough to admire it rare beauty.

Drive-In Volcano

The best way to see it is to book a guided tour; this tour will take you within a couple hundred yards of the volcano, as your guide lead you the rest of the way to the edge of the crater. While there you will see many colors that brighten the surface due to the deposits of iron, sulfur, copper oxide, calcium oxide, carbon, magnesium and other minerals. Quite easy to watch as this natural display of changing light and steam patterns send puffs out the 24 vents. You will also see several pots of boiling water that are above the normal boiling point.

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The pattern of the terrain is as a result of the volcanic dome which collapsed into a 7 acre depression known as a caldera. Caldera is when the surface forms a crust over a soft substrate. This caldera is connected to the ocean because it reacts increasingly when the full moon causes high tides. Though part of a volcanic arc linking the islands of the eastern Caribbean, the Sulphur Springs Park offers exceptional therapeutic value with its waters.

There is a very strong smell of sulfur that comes out of it, as it is weak during the day but very strong at nights. You can smell it for miles away at nights but that is a good thing. If the smell goes away, then that would mean that there is going to be a volcanic eruption. Remarkably, the road passes along the edge of the 900-ft crater, as walking in the crater is prohibited.

It’s an amazing attraction to visit in St. Lucia, to get so close to such a wonder. You can also go mountain biking, horse riding, take helicopter tours or boat cruises and visit some of the plantations or botanical gardens which are dotted around the east, west and south coast of the island.

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