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The "Pitons, cirques and ramparts of Reunion Island"

are UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A consecration for Reunion Island

 

 

3 million years ago, fire erupted from the bowels of the earth. This clash of the elements created an island right in the middle of the Indian Ocean which was soon covered with abundant vegetation and perfectly hospitable. So water and fire did indeed shape each of the mountains which so impress us today. This young land prone to eruptions has become a legacy, a gift from nature to be passed on to future generations. In 2010, UNESCO included the “pitons, cirques and ramparts of Reunion Island” on the prestigious World Heritage list. Let us tell you why!

A testimony to the history of the island

The volcanic massifs at the centre of the island bear witness to intense geological activity. When you venture onto the trails in the cirques, you roam over centuries of history caused by eruptions and erosion. The elements shaped the different landscapes on the island and every walk on these winding paths is a reminder of this. We understand how a chance meeting between water, fire and wind gave birth to this oasis teeming with life. In itself, the island is like an encyclopaedia, a collection of stories against a background of natural phenomena.

An abundance of nature

Piton des Neiges did not just create an island. It created a paradise teeming with fauna and flora and countless endemic species. Between the ramparts of the cirques, there are countless primary forests which are home to species of birds and insects found nowhere else. The spectacle that we witness on the slopes of Piton des Neiges is quite unique. The highest mountain on Reunion Island and in the Indian Ocean watches over its creation ceaselessly with a kindly heart.

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