Bike Riding at the Volcano Plaine des sables Trekking by the Volcano Trekking Volcano Crater
A World Birth
The cold morning air will be quickly transform by the natural warm of volcanic sites. The West’s roads reveal a seaside where calm coasts are punctuated by abrupt cliffs until Saint-Pierre. Here begin the ascent to Plaine des Cafres plateaus and to la Grande Ferme. Heathers, gentians, villages, pastures, cows, forests will be the setting until « Nez de Bœuf » at 2 070 m. At this place it stretches a puzzling valley: 22 km of geological surprises!

The gaping hole of Commerson crater has as many rocks as question marks. This amphitheatre loved by geologists, announced the amazing discoveries first fruits. The higher point of the day will be at 2 360 m. Once you will have finished this visit, the change of scene will be sudden! La Plaine des Sables will blindingly obvious as a challenge to immensity. It’s like in one step you go from earth to the moon. Fantastic, indescribable!

Le Pas de Bellecombe, at 2 311 m, is a place which overlooks from a cliff of 150 m, a large enclosure over 22 km on 10, in which there are not less than 60 craters. The highest is Le Bory at 2 631 m.

After a hearty mountain lunch, you will go from basaltic natural structures to the futuristic architecture of the Volcano’s House. This museum, of modern, interactive and playful conception as much as instructive, lets ignore nothing of the tempestuous life of volcanoes, or the geologic formation of the island.

Return to the hotel around 5PM.

Higher Altitude: 2360 metres
Temperatures: 3 to 21°C
What to wear: good shoes, rainwear, hat, pullover, sunscreen cream
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