The Makes window

The Makes

An opening to Cilaos

The Makes window, an opening on Cilaos

The Makes window is a belvedere perched at an altitude of 1,587 meters in the forest of the small hamlet of Les Makes belonging to the municipality of Saint-Louis. Located in the southwest of Reunion Island, this platform offers a breathtaking view of the Circus of Cilaos, its islets and its famous road with 400 bends, the Piton des Neiges and the Grand Bénare.


You can easily access the lookout by car, prefer to go early in the morning before the fog clears to fully enjoy the scenery. From the Fenêtre des Makes, a superb hike to the Piton Cabris du Mafate Circus waiting for you. Fancy a fun and unusual activity?

Get on a quad bike, a kind of 4-wheel mountain bike. Travel through the forest of Makes to finish your race at the window of the Cilaos caldera.



Do not miss a visit to the Makes astronomical observatory. In broad daylight, you will discover the various astronomical devices, you can also explore the science park and the exhibition present all year round. According to the time and by day, you may be lucky enough to glimpse the surface of the sun and the planet Venus. At nightfall, book your evening observation to end with memories in your head and stars in your eyes.



The place called Les Makes is one of the 16 villages of the intense island to have obtained the Villages Créoles label. A reference that guarantees authenticity and respect for Reunionese traditions. If you want to know the art of living, architecture and Creole customs, you are in the right place.

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Video & Media

Small drone shot of the Cilaos circus, from the viewpoint of the Make-window on the heights of Saint-Louis. At the end of the road that leads there, you will find the magnificent Makes forest and many picnic tables.

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Pictures: alexandre.carpentie

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