The Piton de la Fournaise, true emblem of Reunion, rises to 2,632 meters and dominates the island. This volcano, which is one of the most active on the planet, erupts on average every 9 months. However, it remains unpredictable and its lava flows and jets are watched like milk on fire.
The volcano, if it is only accessible outside of eruption periods, is the most touristic site in Réunion. Like the circuses of Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie, the Piton de le Fournaise is classified Unesco heritage.
Situé en plein cœur du Réunion National Park, il est un véritable paradis pour les amateurs de randonnée, de sensations fortes et de frissons. Vous découvrirez son large dôme au centre de l’enclos Fouqué et serez impressionné par lunar landscapes made of craters, hardened lava and a very particular flora.
The marked trails of Mont Langevin, Piton de l'eau or Sainte-Thérèse Oratory will allow you to discover the volcano and its surroundings. For the most seasoned walkers, hiking routes link the coast to the top of Piton de la Fournaise with more than 2,000 meters of vertical drop.
It is also possible to explore this unmissable site of Réunion by car, by taking the forest road of the Volcano which leaves from the plain of Cafres, near the village of Bourg-Murat. You will enter the heart of the lush forest which, during your ascent, will give way to the spectacular Plain of Sands until no Bellecombe.
You can also take the RN 2, called lava route, which runs along the southern flank of the peak and crosses the Burn victim between the towns of Saint-Rose and Saint-Philippe in the wild south . You can then visit the lava tunnel for a trip into the bowels of the volcano accompanied by a speleologist. Excursions in Mountain biking or some horse riding are also possible to discover the Piton de la Fournaise.
Finally, the Cité du Volcan in the Plain of Cafres will reveal the secrets of this immense and fascinating volcanic massif to you.
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