The symbolic region of the Cirque de Mafate, is surrounded by mountains and there are no roads - a hikers paradise! For many, it is unthinkable to visit la Réunion without stopping at Mafate, even if just to admire the spectacular view from le Piton Maido. But Mafate has not always been renowned for adventure and wilderness, the high cliffs surrounding the picturesque caldera have historically acted as protective walls for escaped slaves. Discover the fascinating history of this area, meet the mountain population which thrives in this isolated wilderness and discover an abundance of hiking trails for all levels. Mafate is magical and intriguing... a must-see destination for those who want to discover the real Réunion Island.