Fodor's Expert Review The Quill

St. Eustatius Forest Fodor's Choice

This extinct, perfectly formed, 1,968-foot volcano has a primeval rain forest in its crater. Hike and be surrounded with giant elephant ears, ferns, flowers, wild orchids, and fruit trees, and if you're lucky, glimpse the elusive, endangered Iguana delicatissima (a large—sometimes several feet long—greenish-gray lizard with spines down its back). The volcanic cone rises 3 miles (5 km) south of Oranjestad on the main road. Local boys go up to the Quill at night to catch delectable land crabs. The tourist board or St. Eustatius National Parks will supply trail maps and help you make hiking arrangements with a guide, but you must purchase a $6 permit before beginning the hike. Figure on two to four hours to hike the volcano. Bring sufficient water with you.

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