We went all the way to Reunion Island and didn’t even get to see the volcano – how crazy is that!?
We stayed in La Plaine des Cafres, the closest town to Piton de la Fournaise. It is only 27km… but can take you anything from 50 minutes to actually get to and from the volcano.
The road, as all roads on Reunion Island, is the stuff that nightmare are made of. They are narrow. They wind around sharp curves. They are scary as hell – but with spectacular views.
It was raining that day, but we thought the rain may stop and we might get view. We were too optimistic… it got worse. The black volcanic landscape eerily unfolded in the mist and rain. The vast empty landscape was beautiful, unusual and magical.
It was still an experience to just get to the top…
“The journey not the arrival matters.” –T.S. Eliot
If you are staying over in La Plaine des Cafres you might as well visit the Volcano Museum. The rock (or lava) samples were really interesting and Lexa loved getting her little hands on all the moving and interactive parts of the exhibition.