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  Island of La Reunion - A pearl in the Indian OceanA photo trip report Travel pictures of the world
by Bernhard Mueller
        
France / La Reunion November 2013Island of La Reunion - A pearl in the Indian Ocean
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From the Piton Maido down into the Cirque de Mafate
Through the Cirque de Mafate to La Nouvelle
Over the Col de Fourche
From Hell-Bourg to the Plateau de Belouve
From the Gîte de Bélouve to the Trou de Fer
On the top of the Volcan de la Fournaise
Ascent to the Refuge de la Caverne Dufour
Sunrise on the top of the Piton des Neiges
From Cilaos to Palmiste Rouge
Weekly market in Saint-Paul
Jardin d´Éden in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains
A facultative excursion to the southeast of the island
Hotel Blue Beach in Saint Gilles Les Bains
Gîte Vivette Thiburce in Roche Plate
Gîte Le Relais de Mafate in La Nouvelle
Hotel Relais de Cimes in Hell-Bourg
Gîte de Bélouve
Gîte du Volcan
Hotel Floralys in L´Etang-Sale-les-Bains
Piton des Neiges Refuge de la Caverne Dufour
Hotel Le Vieux Cep in Cilaos
From the Piton Maido down into the Cirque de Mafate
Drive with the the coach to the 2.182-m-high Piton Maido , a spectacular lookput. Then a 4-hour steeply descent in the Cirque de Mafate to Roche Plateon 1. 101 m.

Through the Cirque de Mafate to La Nouvelle
Through the Foret Seche in the riverbed of the Riviere of the Galets in the direction of Trois Roches (1,220 m). Then rise over a sandy plan to La Nouvelle, the principal place of Mafate situated on 1,500 m.

Over the Col de Fourche
From La Nouvelle upward across the Plaine des Tamarins to the saddle of the Col de Fourche (1.942 m), the pass to the Cirque de Salazie. Descent to the street and drive with the coach to Hell-Bourg (approx. 930 m).

From Hell-Bourg to the Plateau de Belouve
In the afternoon a short rise (about 1.5 up to 2h) from Hell-Bourg to the Plateau de Belouve. However, on top one is recompensed with a fantastic panorama over the Cirque de Salazie.

From the Gîte de Bélouve to the Trou de Fer
From the Gîte de Belouve through tropical, ghostly seeming rain forest to the canyon Trou de Fer (=iron hole, originally Trou d´enfer =infernal hole) where loud roaring torrents fall approx. 250 m in the depth.

On the top of the Volcan de la Fournaise
From the Gîte du Volkan to the crater edge and then descent down into the Caldera (2.150 m). Crossing of the Caldera and rise to the Cratère Dolomieu (2.435 m).

Ascent to the Refuge de la Caverne Dufour
By the coach to the Plaine des Cafres (1.670 m). First on alpine grasslands through diverse vegetation. Further along the crater edge of Cilaos. After 7 hours we reach the hut Refuge de la Caverne Dufour on 2.478 m.

Sunrise on the top of the Piton des Neiges
At 3:15 o´clock in the morning the rise begins. To the sunrise at 5:20 o´clock we reach the summit of the 3.070-m-high Piton des Neiges. Then descent to the hut and 1.100 metres down to Cilaos.

From Cilaos to Palmiste Rouge
Our last hike to Bras Sec and further by a wild-romantic canyon to Palmiste Rouge. Further by the coach on the spectacular mountain road to the coast and to L´Ermitage les Baines.

Weekly market in Saint-Paul
At the market of Saint Paul there are many exotic fruits like Pitayas, mangos, pineapple, star fruits and vanilla. Of course also rum, wine, jewellery and clothes.

Jardin d´Éden in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains
The Jardin d´Eden is an ethno botanical tropical scenery garden in Hermitage-les-Bains, a district of Saint-Gilles-les-Bains. More than 700 kinds of tropical plants, spice plants etc. are shown.

A facultative excursion to the southeast of the island
Optional excursion from Etang-Salé to the southeast. By a minibus to "Cap Mechant", to the Jardin des Parfums et of the Epices and to the lava fields of the Piton de la Fournaise, called Le Grand Brulé

Hotel Blue Beach in Saint Gilles Les Bains
An der WestkĂĽste der Insel ca. 2 km vom Zentrum der Ortschaft Saint Gilles les Bains und ca. 150 m vom Hermitage Strand entfernt gelegen. Zum Flughafen sind es ca. 40 km.