Keep an eye out for the tell-tale smoke as you trek up the face of Martinique's Mount Pelée, the sight of the 20th century's worst volcanic disaster. This cataclysmic event occurred in 1902 and resulted in the deaths of approximately 30,000 people - with only 3 known survivors. The sheer destructive force of such an event is difficult to imagine, but for the moment, the volcano is seemingly in hibernation, providing hikers with the opportunity to climb to the top and stare down into the belly of the beast. The trip takes the better part of the day and will take you through mahogany forests, grassy savannahs, and over layer after layer of hardened volcanic lava. Just remember that if you DO happen to see any smoke - TURN BACK - as this behemoth is technically still active and predicted to blow its top again!
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- Location: Mount Pelée, Martinique