Day 2: Ascent to Roche Écrite (2,276 m) and down to Dos d’Âne (930 m)
Heathland and enchanting cloud forest
We go to the main hut – cold as well – and eat our breakfast, consisting of rusks, margarine and jam. I must admit, at that moment I thought enviously of the many clever couples who spend their honeymoon on the Maldives with their only worry whether to jump into the sea before or after the delicious breakfast buffet.
On the next two pictures you can see two very typical plants of this high heath landscape.
The clouds are already coming up and Markus increases the speed. We just float over the lava slabs 😉
Some venture far forward to the edge for a good view. We prefer to observe a little further back.
And we are a little annoyed not to have been up here earlier, so we would probably have had longer to enjoy the impressive view. Deep below us lies the Cirque de Salazie and Grand Îlet with the crest of Cimendef and Piton Bémale to the west.
The descent through the fabulous rainforest is incredibly beautiful. The humidity is high, but due to the moderate temperatures this is not unpleasant. Again and again we stop and look, try to memorize this sight and hope that many more such passages await us on our route.
Now I’m glad I didn’t choose the Maldives as the destination for our honeymoon!
Lustwandler tip: We recommend taking a rest day in Dos d’Âne. Leave before dawn, go up to Cap Noir and then enjoy the Cap Noir circuit and the impressions that it brings.
The gîte is extremely beautiful and not to compare with the first cottage. The view down to the sea is also impressive.
From Gîte to 1492 m junction Route Forestière de la Plaine d’Affouches: 3:15 hours (instead of 1:30 hours).
1230 m junction Dos d’Âne par Grand Coin 20 min or par Roche Verre Boutaille 35 min (here we walk exactly the indicated time)
Parking Cap Noir (+ 15 min to the indication on the sign)
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