UNESCO designated peaks, cirques and ramparts

Exceptional nature classified as a World Heritage Site
Montagne vue du ciel

Recognition that these jewels of nature truly deserve.

In 2010, UNESCO included Reunion Island's volcanic peaks, cirques and ramparts in its list of natural World Heritage Sites. A recognition that is truly deserved by these jewels of nature, which can be discovered during superb hikes in the National Park right in the island's interior, which is establishing itself as a must-see destination.

Visitors to Reunion Island cannot fail to notice that it is an extraordinary place. And this even before setting foot there! From the plane, this mountain floating in the Indian Ocean impresses with its steep reliefs emerging from the vast blue of the sea.
On this volcanic base impressive, amazing landscapes are shaped to suit eruptions, subsidence and erosion. Spectacular scenery, natural areas, of which almost one third of the island has remained intact since its discovery in the 18th century.


The highest peak of the island, is surrounded by three circuses, born of a unique geological history in the world. Almost vertical cliffs -the remparts- draw their characteristic forms . A precious environment to respect ! With its geological and biological dynamics, the Reunion Island is proving to be a great natural history book.
The island's volcanic peaks, cirques and ramparts were classified by UNESCO as being among one of the world's most prestigious sites, thus recognising their outstanding universal value. This label is also a measure of the protection of the unique fauna, flora and mineral assets which extend across more than 100,000 hectares in the interior of the National Park, that is 42% of the island.
It covers enchanting sites with fairytale names: the two huge volcanoes of Piton de la Fournaise and Piton des Neiges; the Mafate cirque, as well as the ramparts which demarcate the island's interior, from where the summit of Nez de Bœuf rises up, as well as the peaks of Piton d’Anchaing in Salazie cirque, Piton de Sucre and Chapelle in Cilaos cirque; Grande Chaloupe in the north of the island and, Mare Longue in the south with its magnificent virgin forest.

Reunion Island, an eco-friendly destination

On sites which are home to rare animals and indigenous flora researchers are still discovering new species. The biodiversity and the fantastic scenery were forged three million years ago, by the volcanoes which take us on a thrilling journey.

In 2015 Reunion Island was listed as one of the world's top 10 eco-friendly destinations. These are destinations which respect the environment and social and economic values.
Reunion Island is an invitation to discover nature, to meet the locals and their cultures, while respecting the environment. As for casual or experienced hikers, they can find many routes in a natural environment in the heart of the cirques. Routes which are accessible, because most of the time they are well signposted.