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Réunion: Piton de la Fournaise Guided Volcano Hike

1. Réunion: Piton de la Fournaise Guided Volcano Hike

After gathering at the Volcano House and meeting with your guide, you'll begin to discover this alluring volcano route. The exceptional viewpoints throughout the route allow you to get in touch with the area as you discover the summit dome from the Pas de Bellecombe parking lot. Your specialist guide will help you to analyze, dissect, and understand the unusual landscapes. The hike can include an ascent up Crater Dolomieu or another loop from Pas de Bellecombe or Pas des Sables, depending on the weather. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll return back to Volcano House.

Mafate: 4x4 Ride and Public Hike

2. Mafate: 4x4 Ride and Public Hike

Discover Mafate on a guided 4x4 ride and hike with a professional mountain leader, and enjoy an active adventure complete with breathtaking views. Begin your tour with an exciting 30-minute ride in a 4x4 in the bed of the Rivière des Galets (4WD ticket not included, 26 €/person). Arrive at the trail and start your ascent to the Cayenne Islet. Cross a footbridge and marvel at the stunning panoramic view over a canyon. Stop for a refreshing break at the next basin below. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by a fantastic natural setting. The hike lasts for about 5-6 hours and is 7.5 miles long. In cyclone season, the 4WD track might be closed. In this event, we propose an the alternating hike at Le Maïdo, "Sur les remparts de Mafate". This group tour is conducted only in French.

Day Tour of Reunion Island with Breakfast

3. Day Tour of Reunion Island with Breakfast

Departure from your place of residence between 6:30 and 7:00 am. The tour of the island varies according to your position and the weather. Head for breakfast (pastries, coffee, juice, etc.). We'll then visit the Langevin River. Then the Cascade Grand Galet, certainly the island's most famous waterfall and one of the most popular. From the wild south, stop off at Cap Méchant. View of a seaside volcanic arch. Numerous stops and explanations on the volcano and the formation of the island, palm plantations, vanilla, turmeric... Via the Route Des Laves in the Enclos Du Grand Bruler, passing over the 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 flows, with a stop at the spectacular 2007 flow, the eruption of the century. Stop at Anse des Cascades before lunch at one of the best restaurants in the East (lunch NOT INCLUDED). Visit the Eglise des Laves. Visit the Church of Ste Anne, classified as a Historic Monument since 1982. Stop at the Niagara Falls.

Cilaos: La Chapelle Hiking Experience

4. Cilaos: La Chapelle Hiking Experience

Start the hike in the heart of the village of Cilaos and head into the forest. Admire the magnificent view of the village of l'îlet à Cordes and the canyon dug by the Bras Rouge River.  Cross the river several times where you might need to get your feet wet. Follow the path as it heads towards the heart of an ancient volcanic chamber.  Learn about the geology and primitive volcanic activity of the island. Finally, arrive at an impressive monolith that stretches 100 meters into the sky and is reminiscent of a chapel.

Réunion: Piton des Neiges Guided Hike

5. Réunion: Piton des Neiges Guided Hike

Join this guided hike in Réunion and enjoy climbing to the highest point in the Indian Ocean. Marvel at the many viewpoints over the Cirque de Cilaos. See the volcanic summit, which rises to 3070 meters above sea level.  Meet your guide at the Cilaos Tourist Office in Réunion to begin your walk. Start from Saint Louis and climb towards the village of Cilaos. Walk under the shade of the forest and admire the natural landscape. Hike up the slopes and bends and see several stunning viewpoints of the cirque that appear behind you. Enjoy the great outdoors and the fresh air as you walk. Admire the lush trees and volcanic rocks that surround you. Listen as your guide tells you all about the landscape as you hike. Push yourself to your limits as you climb steep gradients and red rocks. Marvel at the stunning landscape and iconic views as you reach the summit of Piton des Neiges after hours of climbing. Feel on top of the world as you reach the peak of Reunion Island’s tallest mountain. After you enjoy the exceptional 360° panoramic view, you will climb back down. 

Randonnée "BELOUVA" rainforest hike, Saturdays.

6. Randonnée "BELOUVA" rainforest hike, Saturdays.

The Bélouve forest is home to a botanical heritage unique in the world. With your guide, explore this tropical rainforest, in the heart of lush greenery. A paradise for wild orchids, tree ferns and birds endemic to Réunion National Park. You'll then be treated to the majestic Trou de Fer waterfall, one of the highest on the planet.

Réunion: Piton de la Fournaise Volcano off trail Hike

7. Réunion: Piton de la Fournaise Volcano off trail Hike

In the "Fouqué enclosure", we will walk through the lava flows to discover the hidden wonders of this exceptional site. First, we will hike down into the "Enclos Fouqué" from the "Pas de Bellecombe". Theire, we'll walk on the martian lava surface, and walk through fresh "gratons" lava flows Going out of the track will make us discover wonderful volcanic constructions : cones and craters from 2019 and 2020 eruptions. Then, we will climb up to the "Dolomieu" and "Bory" main craters, to enjoy their stunning overview. In the event of an eruption, the enclosure is closed by prefectural decree; Our specialists will then offer you an off-trail route in the "plaine des Sables" to see the eruption in progress or to discover past eruptions and the history of the volcano. Note : We strongly recommend to use hiking poles.

Forest Bélouve: Trou de Fer Weekly Group Hike in French

8. Forest Bélouve: Trou de Fer Weekly Group Hike in French

Meet your guide and start the trip by the stunning viewpoint in Salazie, located on the edge of the cliff. Start the hike here, heading into the Bélouve Forest. Immerse yourself immediately in this breathtaking green kingdom. Walk along gravel roads, dirt paths, and wood tracks. You will know everything about this fantastic cloud forest, its nature and the utilization of the forest by people. Arrive at a clearing which opens upon the majestic "Trou de Fer" waterfall. Discover the wonderful nature of the area on a once-a-week tour guided in French.

SALAOZY", the waterfall circus, Sundays

9. SALAOZY", the waterfall circus, Sundays

Salazie, the cirque of waterfalls, is home to one of France's most beautiful villages. With your guide, visit the village of Hell-Bourg and discover the beauty of its Creole huts and thousand-and-one-colored gardens. Before crossing a splendid forest of cryptomerias and discovering in the heart of nature, one of the rare hot springs with beneficial virtues on Reunion Island. Hiking profile: 6h loop / 13 km 400m D+ /400m D- Minimum altitude: 900m / Maximum altitude: 1300m Level: Intermediate The hike takes place on well-groomed trails, but with slippery sections that require extra vigilance on wet roots and stones.

Sur les remparts de Mafate, Weekly Public Hike in French

10. Sur les remparts de Mafate, Weekly Public Hike in French

Meet your guide at the Maïdo parking lot and enjoy the first view over Mafate at sunrise. Stick to this wonderful panorama all morning as you trek along a dizzy track known as “Le Grand Bord” (“The Big Edge”). As you go, see endemic low flora typical of the high altitude. Then, start downhill, likely with the first clouds, and walk down by “La Glacière” to discover this vibrant historical place. Hike for approximately 12 kilometers and 500 m climb with a professional mountain leader on a shared tour conducted in French only.

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4.8
(129 reviews)

Very nice trip. Caroline and Kevin made sure we were comfortable. We saw a lot and breakfast at the waterfall was great, as was the picnic lunch with a fantastic view. Thank you very much, I would suggest viewings only in one language, e.g. E.g. English only) and not in two languages so that people can communicate well with each other. Thank you for the great day

It's a great climb with our guide Emmanuel who knew how to put the group at ease from the start, listen to us and provide us with his knowledge of the volcano but also of Reunion in general! A big thank-you ! Bring poles to make the climb, it's easier and also water (around 2L/person) as well as something to eat!

I really enjoyed my visit, a great guide with beautiful landscapes accompanied by good explanations of what was around us. I was lucky to also have a good group where everyone got along pretty well. A superb experience that I would not hesitate to do again later

Trip was not easy (be careful with slippery stones), but very interesting. Local guide provided a lot of information about village, history, local food and traditions.

Very interesting visit, well organized, very attentive guide and very friendly group. We had a great time