From the air, Guadeloupe’s shape reminds you of the wings of a butterfly, divided into two main islands: Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre. Each region offers vacationers very different experiences. Tourists looking for relaxation and beautiful beaches will love Basse-Terre, while hikers and volcano enthusiasts will prefer Grande-Terre.
The park's trails offer hikers a walk in the heart of the rainforest bustling with life. Several species of exotic birds and animals can be observed, including the agouti, an endangered rodent. The Carbet Falls are the main attraction of the park. These three 245-meter high waterfalls are sure to impress tourists! In fact, more than 400,000 visitors go there each year.
La Grande Soufrière is an active volcano attracting adventurers wishing to climb its 1,467 meters. It is also the highest peak in the West Indies. The less adventurous are content to admire the volcano from one of the many viewpoints in the national park.
If shopping is one of your favorite activities, you will be delighted in Guadeloupe. There are several luxury boutiques in Pointe-à-Pitre where you can buy products from designers such as Chanel and Dior. The small town, located in the center of the island, also has a covered market that offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Cousteau Reserve, halfway between Basse-Terre and the Pigeon Islands, is the perfect place to go to observe tropical fish, turtles and reefs. A statue of Jacques Cousteau, the famous explorer who declared this marine reserve to be one of the most beautiful dive sites in the world, can be found at the bottom of the water in this protected area.
A visit to the Saint-John Perse Museum appeals to travelers who wish to learn more about the history of Guadeloupe. You can visit a historic Creole house and contemplate several exhibitions about the life of the inhabitants as well as the works of the famous poet Alexis Léger, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1960.
Guadeloupe's official currency is the Euro (EUR). Credit cards are accepted in some businesses, but it is best to bring cash.
Electrical outlets used in Guadeloupe are not the same as in Canada: voltage is 230V. You will therefore need a power adapter and a converter to connect your devices.
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