Breathtaking landscapes

  • Mafate Reunion Island

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    Mafate Reunion Island

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  • Trou de Fer Reunion Island

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    Trou de Fer Reunion Island

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  • Reunion Island

    © Jonas Akhoun - Studio Lumière

    Reunion Island

    © Jonas Akhoun - Studio Lumière

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Nature and landscapes


Born out of an extraordinarily varied landscape and endowed with a unique geographical relief, the island of Reunion is one of those destinations which combine the seduction of tropical waters with the splendour of wild mountain ranges. It surprises the visitor with its radiant colours, its incredible countryside and its land full of contrast. An exceptional country, the island of Reunion is a world apart which combines land, sea and air activities.

Reunion Island, a land of nature


A mountaineer or hiker’s paradise, Reunion Island is criss-crossed by a substantial network of foot paths offering more than 1 000 kilometres of trails that are maintained and marked out by the Forestry Commission. On foot, on horseback, on a mountain bike or with a 4x4, the visitor has an unlimited choice of vehicle with which to tackle this huge number of trails.
Formed from two large central massifs, one around the Piton des Neiges (3070 m) and the other around the Piton de la Fournaise (2631 m) separated by high plateaus known as "les plaines" (Plaine des Palmistes, Plaines des Cafres and Plaine des Sables).In the centre of the island a number of gigantic collapses have formed 3 volcanic caldera: Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie, open to the sea through narrow inlets.

Along the coast, coral activity has not yet had time to build a vast lagoon around the edge of the island; the reef is visible every now and then along a fifteen-kilometre stretch in the West and the South.
The volcanic mountain reigns supreme, carpeted with vegetation and dotted with waterfalls. The forest of Bébour-Bélouve is still a well-preserved primary forest. Mafate has remained in harmony with the landscape and constitutes one of the legendary excursions on the island. Cilaos is the starting point for long distance treks, either on foot or by car. Salazie and its famous Trou de Fer is the subject of all the legends. The volcano (Piton de la Fournaise) is impossible to ignore.

Walks and Rambles

Walks and short rambles are outings ranging from a few hours to half-day or even full-day excursions, without spending a night in the mountains. They require no special preparation. Nevertheless, given the sometimes significant differences in the climb, visitors should be reasonably fit and always properly equipped (water, sufficient food, warm clothing and wet weather gear) and never stray off the marked trails.

Longer treks take place over one or more days, with overnight stops in lodges, mountain cabins and inns along the way. Some trails can take more than a week, but you can always leave them every two or four days.

The most well-known trails are:

- Le Tour du Piton des Neiges et de la Fournaise (GR. R1) - 6 days / 5 nights

- La Grande Traversée (GR. R2) - 12 days / 11 nights

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