Tet Paul Nature Trail
The Tet Paul Nature Trail sets itself apart as a site which offers visitors a myriad of attractions including:
- Breathtaking vistas of the Southern expanse of the island including Vieux Fort, Choiseul, Maria Island, Fond Gens Libre, the Jalousie Bay, Morne Gimie, as well as Martinique and St. Vincent on clear days.
- A Cassava House/ Kaye Cassav where the traditional art of Cassava production can be learned and practiced.
- A Traditional House where visitors could see first-hand how our fore-fathers lived.
- Organic Farm- the hike traverses through.
- A Pond which is representative of a water-catchment area which was used by the community.
- Mini-picnic area where visitors could sit and enjoy a meal, while taking in the breath-taking vistas. The Picnic Area is ideal for families and groups.
Be sure to walk with your camera to capture the breathtaking views!
The hike is rated easy to moderate and is between 40 – 45 minutes long and will take you through the trail’s many attractions. You will be accompanied by our well-trained guides.
About the Tet Paul Nature Trail
The Tet Paul Nature Trail is nestled on six acres of lush, verdant land in the farming community of Chateau Belair. The trail is located in the Piton Management Area, Saint Lucia’s World Heritage Site. Hiking the trail is like soaring heavenward on a beautiful, natural staircase. The trail boasts some of the most spectacular views of the South of the island, the Jalousie Bay, Petit Piton and Gros Piton as well as Martinique and St. Vincent on clear days. The first stop is at the Kaye Kassav (Cassava Hut) where the Amerindian traditional art of farine and cassava production can be learned. The gentle ascent features nature at its best with a variety of exotic fruit trees, (e.g. guava, soursop, avocado) as well as medicinal plants and trees. The Traditional House takes visitors back in time to how our fore-fathers lived. The Tet Paul Nature Trail is undoubtedly the gateway to heaven.
The Tet Paul Nature Trail is 100% dedicated to providing a tourism operation that offers our visitors a return-to-nature experience- allowing them to enjoy the beauty, purity, tranquility, history and culture of Soufriere and surrounding communities, as well as ensuring attractive returns to shareholders; revenue, jobs and training opportunities to residents, while contributing to the long-term protection of the cultural and environmental heritage of St. Luciafor future generations.
The Tet Paul Nature Trail represents the true essence of community tourism. The construction of this nature trail was guided by a very unique and consultative process, in which residents were involved at every stage of product development and implementation. Our employees were recruited from amongst the residents of Chateau Belair. They were professionally trained and are certified in delivering First Aid and CPR.
The SOUFRIERE FOUNDATION manages the Tet Paul Nature Trail with the support of the Tet Paul and Chateau Belair Tourism Association.
The Tet Paul and Chateau Tourism Association comprise seven individuals; six of whom are residents of Chateau Belair as well as one representative from the Soufriere Foundation. The Association was registered on December 23, 2008. The two organizations continue to work closely to ensure the successful management of the site.
Tet Paul Nature Trail Schedule
Open between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, daily, including weekends and holidays.