How to reach the start
From the west, take the dual carriageway towards Saint Pierre, then Le Tampon. Then head towards Plaine des Palmistes. Arriving at the village of Plaine des Cafres, a junction in the centre of the village lets you head for Bois Court. Head for Bois Court on the left and continue straight for 3.7 kilometres until you reach the last junction. The road on the left leads to the start of the trail. Instead, take the road straight ahead, then immediately right, then left, and stop for a moment at the viewpoint. Then retrace your route and take Chemin Thomas Payet. Park your vehicle by the road near the start of the trail.
0 km – You have parked your car in the viewpoint car park. The trail begins near the lift, on your left when you’re facing the viewpoint.
0.1 km - under cover of vegetation, the trail descends gently along the rampart.
0.9 km - After a descent on steps and then on a dirt track, the trail continues on a slight slope and turns around the edge of the hill.
1.0 km - Pass in front of the oratory of Santa Rita on the Grand Coteau.
1.5 km - The trail resumes its steep descent.
2.0 km - You arrive at the pumping station. You can take on extra water here.
2.6 km - The descent continues along the Petit Côteau, then a slight slope.
2.8 km - The trail goes downhill again, but this time, on approaching Grand Bassin, the track is no longer in zigzags.
3.2 km - Cross the bridge to reach Grand Bassin.
3.3 km - After climbing a few rocky steps, you walk along the low walls forming an alley, then you reach a junction. You can take a small detour to the right to visit the church of Grand Bassin, or take the left path which goes towards the waterfall
3.6 km - At the end of this path, the trail continues on the right past fields.
3.8 km - You cross over the ford of big stones across Bras de Sainte Suzanne. The trail descends on your left along the river.
4.4 km - After passing above the waterfall, a short but difficult descent takes you to the edge of the riverbed. Two options are available to get to the Voile de la Mariée pool. Walk through the river, or climb the wall. If the current isn’t too strong, go for the first option, looking for the best spot to walk through the water.