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The interior of beautiful and tropical Reunion is quite mountainous, offering endless outdoor activities in breathtaking and impressive landscapes, also off the beaten track. However, there are also towering mountains close to the coast that reach up to 3000 metres.
Great hikes are possible to the Pahoehoe lava fields at the Piton de la Fournaise crater, one of the worldwide most active volcanoes which is situated south-east of Reunion’s highest point, the dormant volcano Piton des Neiges (Snow Peak - hardly ever snow covered though), with the very remote and mountainous caldera of Cirque de Mafate which is only accessible by helicopter or on foot. The slopes of both volcanoes are densely wooded.
Go canyoning and mountain climbing or hike through Les Makes National Forest and through the biodiverse wilderness of the Cirque de Mafate caldera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site like its neighbouring cirques of Cilaos and Salazie. Here you can stay over in heritage accommodation and meet the locals. Situated in the rugged and wooded Cirque de Cilaos caldera, the spa town of Cilaos offers views of the Piton des Neiges landmark and relaxation in hot springs as well as Creole heritage architecture, such as The Pink House.
Certainly a very unique and unforgettable experience is the traditional musical potholing, a guided walk into a solidified lava tunnel under the volcano where a concert to Creole rythms is held in a lava tube. There is also a blue lava tunnel you can visit or swim in natural pools and discover beautiful waterfalls on a 4x4 excursion which is suitable for the whole family, e.g. near Cilaos at Piton de la Fournaise.