For an adventurous 1¾-hour hike to La Soufrière’s sulfurous, moonscapelike summit, a well-beaten trail starts where the road to the volcano ends with a parking lot. The trail travels along a gravel bed and continues steeply up the mountain through a cover of low shrubs and thick ferns. In addition to a close-up view of the steaming volcano, the hike offers some fine vistas of the island. Start early in the morning.
There are a couple of ways to get to La Soufrière, the active 1467m volcano that looms above the southern half of the island. The most direct route is to follow the N3 from Basse-Terre town in the direction of St-Claude. From St-Claude, signs point to La Soufrière, 6km to the northeast on the D11.