Up in the mountains to the east of Buccament Bay you'll find the Vermont Nature Centre, which is great for both a beautiful 2 hour stroll through the jungle and an educational insight into life in the wet rainforest. It really is a fantastic place to spend half a day. A pavilion at the entrance to the park hosts a mini exhibition. From here the walk is punctuated with a series of very well-compiled signs explaining the surroundings. The route does go uphill a little but is still perfectly accessible, with bridges designed to take you across waterways. The surrounding environment of this volcanic range is truly wonderful and home to plenty of orchids, giant ficus plants, cacao trees, and tree ferns, among other species. Just beyond the highest point of the walk you'll find a panoramic viewpoint from which you can sometimes see the famous St. Vincent parrots (at dusk and dawn and with a bit of luck!).
With heavy rainfall and volcanic soil, this forest abounds with orchids and tree ferns.© Raphael Richard
Vermont Nature Center is located on the slopes of the valleys rising up La Soufrière, the volcano on St. Vincent.© Raphael Richard
The walk lasts approximately two hours and begins in a 'planted forest', a former plantation since reconquered by nature.© Raphael Richard
Climbing up, bit by bit you penetrate deeper into the primary forest.© Raphael Richard
The hillsides of St. Vincent are mostly covered in jungle.© Raphael Richard