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 GĂ®te de BĂ©louve to the Trou de Fer
From the GĂ®te de Belouve through tropical, ghostly seeming rain forest to the canyon Trou de Fer (=iron hole, originally Trou dÂ´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 GĂ®te du Volkan to the crater edge and then descent down into the Caldera (2.150 m). Crossing of the Caldera and rise to the CratĂ¨re 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 oÂ´clock in the morning the rise begins. To the sunrise at 5:20 oÂ´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 LÂ´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 dÂ´Ă‰den in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains
The Jardin dÂ´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-SalĂ© 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 BrulĂ©
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.