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Cirque of Mafate Lowlands

The Cirque of Mafate is unquestionably a “mythical” place for trekking. An essential part of the inhabited heart of Reunion Island National Park, it is the only one of the three cirques where there are no roads, which gives it quite a distinctive feel...

This mini-trek allows you to discover the Lowlands of Mafate and its landscapes carved by erosion: pitons (peaks), deep gorges, îlets (small high altitude plateaux). Vegetation changes as you walk along: tropical rainforest, filao trees and agaves, bois noirs...

- Length: 3 days/2 nights
- Difficulty: sustained
- Backpack: contains your gear for 3 days and several picnics
- Start/end points: Col des Boeufs, Cirque of Salazie - public transport is available with a limited schedule

Rates:

Organisation and guide for this trek of 3 days:

Individual Formed group
1 pers 2 pers 3 pers 4 pers 5 pers
480 € 270 €/pers 190 €/pers 150 €/pers 126 €/pers

Rate upon request above 5 participants.

Additional costs:
- 2 nights in lodges with half-board (circa 46 €/pers/night)
- the guide’s half-board package (92 €)
- 3 picnics (8 to 10 €/pers/day)
- recommended: the car park at Col des Boeufs (circa 10 €/night)

Day by day:

D1 – From the Col des Boeufs, start of our hike towards the “Lowlands” of Mafate along the Scout path. Stunning viewpoints for the Salazie and Mafate cirques. The path goes through forests, along crests, across ravines, before heading up to the hamlet of Ilet à Bourse.
Around 4h30 walking, +200 m and -1150 m
Dinner and night in a lodge in Ilet à Bourse.

D2 – We continue our loop via Grand-Place - where the famous postman of Mafate (now retired) lives, Cayenne then Aurère, îlet set at the foot of pyramid-shaped Piton Cabris.
Around 4-5 h walking, +800 m and -700 m
Dinner and night in a lodge in Aurère.

D3 – At sunrise, small wake-up walk to Ilet à Malheur.
Around 1h30 walking, +300 m and -300 m
We then head back to the lodge to get some breakfast, before our hike in a river bed in a wild and fresh atmosphere, towards the Col des Boeufs.
Around 5 h walking, +960 m and -60 m

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