The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Mar­tinique is host­ing its first In­ter­na­tional Hik­ing Fes­ti­val from June 1st to 30th 2017, of­fer­ing 30 dif­fer­ent hikes all around this green heaven. From a coun­try­side walk to a beach stroll, north­ern lush and in­tense veg­e­ta­tion to dry coastal scenery, na­ture lovers will find their per­fect hike, suited to their pref­er­ence and phys­i­cal con­di­tion. The par­tic­i­pants will ex­pe­ri­ence the wild beauty of Mar­tinique, climb its rugged moun­tains, cross rivers, roam the trop­i­cal rain­for­est or just stroll along the coast.

“Mar­tinique is a land of na­ture where hik­ing is the per­fect way to dis­cover one of the most beau­ti­ful places of the world,” said Muriel Wil­tord, Di­rec­tor Amer­i­cas of the Mar­tinique Pro­mo­tion Bu­reau. “The is­land is blessed with a wide range of nat­u­ral won­ders, a wealth of ex­otic flow­ers hon­our­ing Mar­tinique’s nick­name, the ma­jes­tic Mount Pelée tow­er­ing over the Bay of Saint-Pierre, and a pro­tected park­land that en­com­pass two thirds of the is­land, a sanc­tu­ary of nu­mer­ous nat­u­ral gems.”

The pro­gramme of this first In­ter­na­tional Hik­ing Fes­ti­val in Mar­tinique has al­ready fea­tured di­verse and un­com­mon hikes such as the dis­cov­ery of the Car­avelle Penin­sula and its var­i­ous ecosys­tems, an ur­ban walk seek­ing the ar­chi­tec­tural hid­den trea­sures of the cap­i­tal city, and a noc­tur­nal, po­etic stroll un­der the moonlight in Sainte-Anne with the fa­mous lo­cal sto­ry­teller Joby Bern­abé. An ac­tive hike on Morne Larcher, over the mag­nif­i­cent Bay of Le Diamant, will take place on June 20th.

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