A setting for Jurassic Park
At the end of the last major eruption a few years ago, the 500,000 square meter crater collapsed and disappeared 300 metres down inside the volcano.
In cooperation with the travel agency Brandner and Air Austral, 4-Seasons has an eleven-day hiking trip at La Réunion for two people to give away. All you have to do is to answer three questions about the island. Find the competition (submission deadline: 15 December 2012) and many more tips and information about the island on 4-seasons.de/la-reunion.
In addition, two »La Réunion evenings« will take place for GlobetrotterCard holders in the Globetrotter stores Frankfurt (19.11.) and Munich (22.11.). Not only an exciting presentation and culinary temptations are on offer, you will be welcomed by a hiking and trekking expert who has travelled around the island intensively. The events are for free. Pre-book by calling the Frankfurt store on 069/434043 or mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, for Munich dial 089/44455570 or send an email to shop-muenchen@globetrotter. Mention the keyword »Réunion-Abend«. Seats are limited and are given away on a first-come first-serve basis.
On the dark side of the moon
When the last eruption occurred, 155 million cubic metres of lava oozed into the ocean where they were of course cooled. It‘s as if an area the size of a residential neighbourhood has been added to the island. To the east, the lava stream created a new, wild and romantic coastal area: trees and bushes which had previously blocked the way to the ocean before, caught fire. When the hot lava and the cool salt water clashed, previously unknown species of fish were swirled from the depths of the ocean to the surface. La Réunion is growing. And if we give the island a few more million years, there will surely be even more beautiful trails to follow.
Air Austral has daily flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to La Réunion, air-austral.de.
Hotel Tsilaosa: A popular hiking hotel in the mountain town Cilaos - well located for many hiking tracks in the three valleys around the Piton des Neiges. Big rooms and helpful staff. The owner organises wine tastings in the hotel’s own wine cellar, tsilaosa.com.
The hiking huts usually have dorms as well as double rooms with their own bathroom. You can and should pre-book: insel-la-reunion.com.
... on your own or guided with one of the several companies like Aplanes which offers hiking trips as well as canyoning: alpanes.com. Most of the trips are over one day. However, it is also possible to go on multiple-day trips like on the long-distance walking trails Grande Randonnée R1 and R2. In total, there are around 1,000 signposted hiking kilometres. The site reunion-nature.com/Etat-des-Sentiers is very good for information on the condition of most of the trails.
The island is simply made for canyoning with its vertical cliffs and waterfalls. Daniel Ducrots Team guides groups of max. six persons (beginners included), canyoning-cilaos-reunion.com.
Highly recommended is the German travel pocket book »Réunion« (DuMont travel publishing house) and »La Réunion: Frankreichs Wanderparadies im Indischen Ozean« by the Bergverlag Rother. Get useful travel information and hiking brochures from the visitor centre of the island La Réunion, phone: 0049 069/97 59 04 94, insel-la-reunion.com.
25. Oktober 2012, Text: Stefan Nink