Two natural wonders that will leave you speechless: a collapsed volcanic caldera, the Cirque de Salazie, with its lush vegetation and stirring views, and the awe-inspiring waterfalls of Voile de la Mariée that weave a tapestry of pretty rivulets across a steep wall of rock. Throw in some picturesque villages, a vanilla plantation and a delicious traditional lunch: what more could you ask for?
What we will see
- The north coast of Réunion
- Cirque de Salazie and the Piton de Neiges
- The waterfalls of Voile de la Mariée
- The village of Hell-Bourg
- Vanilla-plantation tour
- Lunch at a restaurant
- Shopping in Saint Denis
What we will do
- Aboard our coach, we follow a scenic route through the capital, Saint-Denis, and two small towns of Sainte-Marie and Sainte-Suzanne, to the north coast of Réunion.
- The journey offers reveals some typical inland landscapes, with stretches of sugar-cane, vanilla and lychee plantations punctuated with Creole-style houses and Tamil temples that reflect the size of the island’s Indian community.
- We reach Saint-André then head inland towards the Cirque de Salazie, a huge, awe-inspiring, natural amphitheatre that surrounds the island’s highest peak, the imposing Piton de Neiges. Along with the Cilaos and Mafate cirques, the enormous Cirque de Salazie is all that remains of the ancient ring of volcanoes that once encircled the mountain.
- Easily accessible, and covered with lush vegitation, the Cirque de Salazie draws countless tourists with its mild climate, spectacular views and natural beauty.
- Behind the village of Salazie are the waterfalls of Voile de la Mariée, which tumble in multiple rivulets down hundreds of metres of plant-covered rock face, to splash into a mirror of deep-blue water.
- Fresh from this stirring spectacle, we head to a observation point, in the village of Hell-Bourg, which offers incomparable views of the surrounding mountain peaks.
- The next leg of our journey brings us back to the coast and a vanilla plantation where we learn about the cultivation of a plant that first came to the island some time after the process of manual pollination was discovered in 1841.
- For lunch we head to a restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal of creole specialities.
- Finally, on our way back to the port, we break our journey in Saint-Denis, where we have some free time to do some shopping.
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