Throughout the day, our stops and sites will include:
Mont Vert les Hauts : A traditional Creole agricultural haven offering amazing views of the island's famous mountain peaks.
Plaine des Cafres: A popular area that separates the Piton des Neiges, known as the Snow Peak, and Piton de la Fournaise, known as the Furnace Peak.
Nez de Boeuf and Cratere Commerson: A scenic lookout point over the Riviere des Remparts and Roche-Plate.
Plaine des Sables: A vast area of sand, that is sort of lunar looking, amidst the peaks that take us onto the Pas de Bellecombe.
Pas de Bellecombe: Get your cameras ready - this is a mountain pass and the main viewpoint over the crater of Piton de La Fournaise. We will enjoy a coffee break in Plaine des Palmistes, as we take in this beauty around us at 1000m above sea level. Here, the little village quietly goes on about their everyday life. We will also have a chance to check out the local arts and gastronomy here.
Domaine des Tourelles: A unique tourist center to say the least. Located in a magnificent Creole house, we'll have a chance to discover the High Plains in further depth.
Riviere des Roches: Here we will enjoy lunch on the riverbanks. This area is well known for its small fry fishing.
Bridge over the Riviere de l'Est: As you stand on this bridge beautiful bridge, built in the 19th century, you'll experience the river as it rushes down from the Piton de la Fournaise.
Piton Sainte Rose: A small village that was devasted by the lava flow from 1977. The Notre Dame des Laves, or the Miraculous Church of Lava, was affected but not completed destroyed by the flow.
Le Grande Brule: Here is the main area where the lava flows from Piton de La Fourniase to the coast. There are also several other flows and here you'll also notice the bits of smoke coming from the crater.
Saint Philippe: A Creole Village, nestled nicely between the forest and the ocean at the foot of a volcano.
Le Cap Méchant: A cliff along the coastline that is another beautiful example of what nature has created.
Saint Joesph: The largest town in the "Wild South" and also the southernmost municipality of France.
The exact order of the sites listed that we will see does vary sometimes. We always offer time to allow for some flexibility should weather impede on our day at all. We take pride in traveling on lesser known roads than on the highways as this only enhances the experience for our guests and allows them to indulge further into the beauty of the Island in the "country".
Our day is set at a comfortable pace so we are able to thoroughly enjoy each spot and feel at peace rather than rushed.