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Mafate ‑ 6 golden rules

Good practices in hiking

Before heading out for a hike in the fabulous Cirque of Mafate 6 golden rules for being a responsible hiker and enjoying the Mafate adventure:

EAT LOCAL

No need to stock up on drinks or snacks for the evening or a sandwich for the way back. You can buy them from the small grocery stores along the way. Your backpack will be lighter and you contribute to the local cirque economy.

TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME

Take a rubbish bag and put your rubbish in a dustbin when you get home. You can use it for your own rubbish, as well as anything else you may unfortunately see along the footpaths. In Mafate, the waste is lifted by helicopter, so do what you can to reduce the cost.

NATURE - LISTEN AND RESPECT

Man has still not invented anything better! Not oven the top-of-the-range Bluetooth speaker that you absolutely must switch off here. You don’t want to disturb other hikers. And you want to be able to hear the birds singing and the breeze rustling through the bamboo.

MAFATE IS NOT A CIRCUS

Respect the privacy of Mafate locals. Some houses don’t have a surrounding fence, avoid walking through their garden. It’s OK to be curious but don’t invade their privacy. If you want to take photos, ask locals for their permission first.

RELAX AND UNWIND

Recharge your batteries. Choose freedom, like the “marrons” or runaways!
(“Marrons”: runaway slaves who escaped to the highlands to find freedom).

MEET AND CHAT

Here hikers meet for a drink at a bar to discuss the day’s hike and with locals for a delicious “cari” at their gite.