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Piton de Fournaise

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Address: Reunion Island
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This is the only active volcano on the island and one of the most active in...

This is the only active volcano on the island and one of the most active in the world.

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We left our hotel at 05h30 for a 2 hour drive to the volcano. So we started the hike quite early before the cloud cover in the afternoon. Make sure to wear appropriate shoes for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Paarl, South Africa
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Paarl, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We left our hotel at 05h30 for a 2 hour drive to the volcano. So we started the hike quite early before the cloud cover in the afternoon. Make sure to wear appropriate shoes for the hike of 12 km, as the rocks are quite sharp and uneven. Also make sure to take clothing for all weather situations (layers). We... More 

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Tamarin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

I hiked up to the crater very early in the morning. I got to the summit and was by myself there, it was still too early for the other hikers I guess. I watched the sunrise, and had breakfast at the top (bread and cheese). Having breakfast up there by myself was, up to today, the best experience ever. I... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Just om Mars ... Unbelievable ... Short walk for the little one. An amazing walk for the real stuff!!

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

As others have said, watch out for cloud cover. People really aren't joking when they say Reunion has numerous climates. You can go from hot sunshine to heavy rain with just a little elevation. The drive up the volcano is extremely fatiguing as the roads are very windy. If you have passengers, and they suffer from travel sickness, this will... More 

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Bredasdorp, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

We had this excursion on our itinerary from the beginning! What an experience. the drive all the way up to Pas de Bellecombe is just the beginning. From the lookout point at the car park you descend down into the plateau. From there it is a hike of roughly 2 and a half hours to get to the ridge of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

Awesome! It is the highlight of the trip. A few hairpin bends to get there but nothing worse than you would have done already on this island! On the plateau the Tarmac ends and you are on dirt/stone tracks. It's full of big potholes but as long as you go slow (like there's any option!) your hire car will cope... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Just Beautiful , the view is amazing, you feel the power of the nature , i would love to come back and see in a safe place the volcano during an eruption...

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Tamarin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

I walked up very early in the morning, started in the dark all by myself. I watched the sun rise above the volcano as I was on my way to the top. I finally got to the top, I was alone, it was beautiful, it was to me the most beautiful thing I had ever experienced. And it still is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

For me definitely No 1 attraction at La Reunion. Rent a car, go through old lava lakes road, leave the car at parkplace and go to the crater. Take water and some food. Don't be in hurry - enjoy the scenery. At the edge of the crater have your picnic lunch. You'll meet some people, but it's fine - no... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Going to this place is a whole day trip and a very exciting one! Once there, you feel like you're waling above the clouds. It's super beautiful!

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