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Vauclin Mountain

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The trail follows the stations of the cross, but you will be dazzled by the view when you get to the top.

The reward is at the top, near the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows (aptly named) with a view that is ablaze with the vast panorama of pointed bays from the Caravelle peninsula to Sainte-Anne.

At 504 metres, the Vauclin Mountain is the highest point in southern Martinique. It is reached via the small road that goes to Saint-Esprit. Though the hike is fairly easy, it is best to wear proper footwear, as the slope may be slippery, especially if it has rained recently.

Along the trail, richly varied vegetation will make you almost think you are in a botanical garden. There are mango and breadfruit trees, and bright red flowers everywhere. Benches may be found along the way, which offer welcome respite, because the route is, indeed, a true stations of the cross, dotted with numbered white crosses to mark the pilgrim-hiker's progress.

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