A lush green paradise. An authentic place - a timeless moment
- Reunion Island is A miniature world with its beautiful and varied landscapes
- Your perfect day A hike in Mafate, ending with a sunset aperitif at the lagoon
- Your favourite place Roche Vert Bouteille which seems like it spans two worlds
- Your passion Show people the island's treasures so that tourists become ambassadors
- Your favourite dish Ti-jacque boucané
- Your favourite artist Danyel Waro for his commitment and the poetry of its lyrics
Between the land, water and sky
I discovered an incredible place, nestled at the bottom of a lush green gorge, in the south of the island: Hiker's Eden. The most authentic mountain lodge!
The Reunion mountains are covered in hundreds of ravines, small streams that flow like torrents after heavy tropical rains and virtually disappear into the vegetation the rest of the year. This morning, our guide Patrice is taking us on the Petite Ravine trail.
Hugging the side of the rampart, the trail descends to the bottom of one of the deepest gorges on Reunion Island, in the south of the island: Bras de la Plaine. Patrice points out guavas, small red berries which taste like strawberries, and the many medicinal plants that grow by the side of the path. After walking for two hours, with some vertiginous passages and acrobatic crossings, we arrive at our destination: Hiker's Eden.
A little piece of paradise
This lodge was created by "Tonton" and his sons, Richard and Simon, in this little corner of paradise. No drivable road leads to Hiker's Eden, which looks a bit like Robinson Crusoe's house. Made from wood and volcanic stone it was built to blend in with the magnificent landscape in the midst of the tropical vegetation.
Tonton and his sons give us a particularly warm welcome. The dish of the day is simmering on the wood fire. We are soon enjoying a succulent chicken cari with melt in the mouth squash, all served on a banana leaf. Our hosts tell us hundreds of Creole stories, while opening bottles of flavoured rums made by them.
Return by air
We hear the sound of the river singing, a hundred meters below. The afternoon passes gently; sadly, the time to leave approaches. We decided to test something new - returning by helicopter. It will be our first time! We hear the chopper approaching. It lands not far from the lodge.
A gamut of emotions. The pilot reassures us as he makes a series of tight turns to gain altitude and rise above the ramparts of Bras de la Plaine. Before heading to the heliport, we fly over landscape worthy of Jurassic Park, tiny villages nestled in the forest. The ultimate day, just like Reunion Island!
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