- Forêt de Mare Longue is a unique primary tropical forest. This remaining section of lowland tropical rainforest is a true botanical treasure-trove. After 2 centuries of intense deforestation, less than 7% of the original tropical rainforest remains in Reunion Island, mainly located in Saint Philippe. The primary forest of Mare Longue, which miraculously survived, is the richest tropical forest in Reunion Island. Thérésien Cadet (1937-1987), professor at the University of Reunion Island, was the first to study in depth the vegetation of the Forêt de Mare Longue. In the early 1970s, during the field inventories in preparation for his thesis, he drew the attention of the managers of this forest on the need to preserve this jewel of Reunion’s natural heritage which was at risk of being transformed into a plantation for wood production. A stone tablet pays homage to him at the start of the path. With this path, the ONF has created one of the most beautiful botanical trails in Reunion Island, in what is the first biological reserve on the island, and you can read the many information panels along this route.
- Difference in height
- 109.93 m
- Gourd, raincoat, hiking shoes, flashlight, bandages, hat, detailed maps.
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