Reunion; Part 2 - Volcanoes!

Reunion; Part 2 - Volcanoes!

I had such an amazing time in #Reunion that I have too much to recommend; here is Part 2 - the #active part! I hiked up a live #volcano to watch it explode, went walking, climbing and motorbiking around the lava routes and much more in the most stunning #wild #nature I have ever seen!


I tried to split my experiences in Reunion into the following:

Part 1; Cuisine, relaxation, beaches, nature, my favourite towns and hotels

Part 2; Hike up an errupting volcano and the surrounding area

Part 3; Adventure; climbing, parapente, mountains, waterfalls and motorbiking

Piton de la Fournaise; the Active Volcano

By Night

GCSE Geography lessons, sponsored by Hollywood, teach you that if a volcano irrupts, you run for your life. The first weekend I was there, after recovering from a long flight of wailing children and jet-lag, the volcano erupted. 

So what did we decide to do late Sunday evening? 

Wrap up, grab flasks, a bit of rum and head up the volcano. After a long adrenaline fuelled hike, around 1 am we arrived at the top of the volcano to sit share our flasks of tea and watch the volcano as it explodes, spits and splutters! (We drove up as far as we could before having a 1 hour walk). 

After a long adrenaline fuelled hike, around 1 am we arrived at the top of the volcano to sit share our flasks of tea and watch the volcano as it explodes

An amazing once-in-a-lifetime event and a brilliantly original way to start my Monday morning and my two week holiday.

The Volcano at Night

2015 05 17 Reunion; Volcano Erruption- Watch Fabrice H’s video.

NB: Bring head torches, wrap up warm and bring hiking shoes and go with someone who knows the area. Don’t get too close (the sulphur can make you a bit light-headed).

Quick facts: The Piton de la Fournaise erupted for the first time 50,000 years ago, and has erupted around 180 times since. It is 2,631 metres high.

The Volcano at Night

By Day

I also went up it in the day, a surreal experience to see the sharp, rugged black rocks in places or softer, rolling jet black, or red and dusty in places, against the deep blue sea and sky. 

Motorbiking to see the Grand-Brulé was an adventure in itself, (which translates as the 'Big Burn' or 'Greatly Burnt').

The Volcano During the day
The Volcano by day

Next time, I will treat myself to a Helicopter Ride, in order to explore the 'Cirques' from the sky

I really regret not doing one. 

The landscape is amazing from the ground, seeing the volcanos, cirques, and waterfalls all from above must be astounding!

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The Volcano Tour

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 Saint-Gilles les Bains, Arrondissement of Saint-Paul, Reunion
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Notre Dames des Laves, Saint- Rose

A volcano trip is not complete without stopping by this small Catholique church. 

In 1977 the volcano erupted but the lava did not enter the Church further than 3cm, instead it split and flowed around the Church.

Notre Dame des Laves,Saint-Rose

Hiking / Treking

Reunion has the most amazing views I have ever seen; vertical cliffs and wild wild nature, and the most charming little villages!

The most amazing views I have ever seen; vertical cliffs and wild wild nature, and the most charming little villages

Though personally I am a disaster on a bike, this could also be a cyclists heaven! 

There are stunning walks for all abilities, so make sure you book a guide to get the most out of your trip!

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Day Hike to Mafate (Cayenne Islet)

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 Cirque de Mafate, La Possession, Saint-Denis, Reunion
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There are three ‘Cirques,’ which were born from the erosion and collapse of the Piton de Neige.

Cirque de Mafate

Accessable on foot. This UNESCO world heritage site has over 100 footpaths leading to the cirque’s villages where time stands still.

Cirque de Mafate

Cirque de Salazie

The largest and greenest; a long deep canyon, lined with wonderful waterfalls. If you go here, make sure to visit Hell-bourg, my favourite village. 

NB; Make sure you go when it is sunny, to avoid the village being shrouded in mist.

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Cirque de Cilaos

A memorable steep drive which left me in complete awe of the passing cyclists! Ultimate respect!

For the really fit, the Piton des Neiges (3,070 metres), an old, eroded volcano, and the highest point of the island awaits! 

Book an overnight hostel so that you can see the sun rise over the volcano.

Packing

Reunion has a tropical climate. Average coastal temperatures range from between 21-27 degrees C I went in May which was perfect for someone with an English Rose complexion (or Roastbeef- as called by the French)! 

Sun-cream, hiking shoes, and mosquito repellent are a must! & bring a light waterproof.

& if you want to see more of my photos, please go to; Cat's Blot. All feedback greatly appreciated!

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