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“Gorgeous view of Mafate” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Maido

Le Maido
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Paris, France
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74 reviews
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“Gorgeous view of Mafate”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

It's a steep climb, but the view of the Mafate Cirque is absolutely gorgeous, completely breathtaking. Definitely worth a detour!!

Visited June 2012
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“The early bird gets the view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2011

If you are unwilling or unable to hike distances over rugged Reunion terrain or pay for a helicopter trip then this viewpoint is a terrific way to see some of the most spectacular scenary the island has to offer. The drive up the very winding Route du Maido is very well signposted all the way from the main freeway. Guidebooks suggested allowing 2 hours to do the drive up from the coast but on a weekday morning we got from Le Hermitage les Bains in just over an hour. We made it to the park below the viewpoint as the sun was rising and clouds were already starting to gather over the hills below us. The Cirque de Mafate was thankfully still clear. The main carpark is a bit below the viewpoint but there is a disabled car park higer up with a paved path from there to one part of the cliff edge. The view is absolutely worth the drive and worth getting up as early as you can manage to see. Cirque de Mafate is inaccessible by vehicles so it is like looking down into a lost world. Magical! The temperature at the coast when we left at 6.30am was 22 degrees but by the time we got to La Maido at 2300 meters it was 8 degrees! Allow at least half an hour to admire the view and if you've brought a picnic breakfast there are nice picnic spots in the park below the viewpoint to stop at and watch the island spread out below you.

Visited August 2011
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