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Cirques of Cilaos and Mafate

Between Mafate and Cilaos, my heart wavers. Two cirques that are readily qualified as “cut from the world” and where life is totally pleasant. Discover their wonderful atmospheres during an unforgettable three days. A bonus of this itinerary is the second day’s “loop” hike from Marla with a light pack.

- Length: 3 days/2 nights
- Difficulty: moderate
- Backpack: contains your gear and the picnics for 3 days
- Start/end: Cilaos - accessible by public bus (Alternéo 60)

Rates 2024:

Organisation and guide for this trek of 3 days:

Booking for:
1 pers 2 pers 3 pers 4 pers 5 pers
630 € 354 €/pers 252 €/pers 201 €/pers 168 €/pers

Rate upon request for more than 5 participants.

Additional costs:
- 2 nights in lodges incl. half-board (circa 55 €/pers/night)
- the guide’s half-board package (rate according to the lodge policy)
- 3 picnics (8 to 10 €/pers/day)

Day by day:

D1 – After a short bus transfer along the road leading to Ilet à Cordes, start of our ascent to the Col du Taïbit (pass) on the crest between the Cilaos and Mafate cirques. Short but steep descent towards the hamlet of Marla.
Around 4 h walking, +800 m and -450 m
Dinner and night in a lodge in Marla.

D2 – A day to fully enjoy the charms of this unique cirque. Loop hike via the Trois Roches waterfall, the îlet of La Nouvelle, and back to Marla.
Around 7 h walking, +800 m and -800 m (you carry your gear for the day only)
Dinner and night in a lodge in Marla.

D3 – Hike back to Cilaos along the same path as the first day. This time, we walk all the way until the town of Cilaos, crossing the Bras Rouge (the main river of the cirque), a good place for a picnic.
Around 6 h walking, +800 m and -1100 m

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