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Intensely volcanic

A unique territory
Trip into a land of lava

The Piton de la Fournaise

Set off on an excursion up the sulphurous slopes of one of the most active volcanos in the world: the Piton de la Fournaise, for an exceptional experience. This volcano was born 530,000 years ago and is situated in an area classified a world heritage site by UNESCO. The fountains and flows of liquid lava of this active volcano cascade down the basalt-rich slopes and sometimes even into the Indian Ocean. Before reaching the volcano, you will cross the Plaine des Sables and the landscapes that will make you feel like you’ve landed on planet Mars. This is the opportunity to live a unique experience, in complete safety, and to go on a space mission without leaving dry land!

A dormant volcano for 12,000 years: the Piton des Neiges

The highest volcano of France is in La Reunion: The Piton des Neiges culminating at 3071 meters above the sea level and is also the roofop of the lndian Ocean! Now dormant this volcano created La Réunion. Since largely eroded, Piton des Neiges and its surroundings offer unique mountainous relief, recognized by UNESCO.

Aujourd’hui son ascension au centre de l’île, permet de découvrir un fabuleux panorama à 360°

One of the world’s most active volcanoes

With no less than five eruptions in 2019 and another two in 2020, Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Every time, residents and visitors enjoy a truly unique spectacle. There is no danger because the eruptions are non-explosive and an observatory warns in advance of any coming earthquakes. Lava fountains and flows sparkle in the night as they make their way down the island’s rugged slopes. In March 1986, a spectacular lava flow south of the Pointe du Tremblet reached the sea and extended the island. 2007 saw the eruption of the century. It was a key moment in the history of the Piton de la Fournaise, as the Dolomieu crater collapsed and the volcano crossed a primal forest, a river and a section of the main road before sending 200 million cubic metres of lava into the ocean.