A remnant of the volcanic past of the island, this basaltic monolith ought to make you feel humbled by its majestic flanks. Nestled at the south-western tip of the island, it is the guardian of Le Morne Brabant Peninsula, located at the foot of the mountain. Amply documented as a safe haven for maroons (runaway slaves) in the colonial era of the country, it is deeply ensconced within locals’ memories. With slaves throwing themselves from the 556-metre apex into the void to avoid being caught alive by their respective masters, the mountain is revered as a symbol against colonial oppression and a gateway to freedom. In 2008, it made it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. It’s a thriving playground for archeologists and geologists and access has recently been granted to the public.