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  On the road to Cilaos
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  • On the road to Cilaos - Reunion
      On the road to Cilaos
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  • A view from the side window - Reunion
      A view from the side window
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  • Yet another bend in the road - Reunion
      Yet another bend in the road
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  • Another great view from the road - Reunion
      Another great view from the road
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The drive to Cilaos is one of the most scenic drives on Reunion Island. The road follows a canyon and rises thousands of feet in about 40 kilometers before finally arriving at Cilaos in the Cirque de Cilaos valley. To accomplish this altitude change, the road twists and turns via a few hundred switchbacks many of which have completely blind turns. The road also narrows in many places to a single lane, so you have to always be paying attention.

The views along the way were great. We were constantly slowing down or pulling over to take photos where we could.

Because clouds often roll into the center of Reunion during the day, it is best to do the drive to Cilaos in the morning in order to get the best views. The, you can spend a few hours relaxing in Cilaos before reversing course and driving back down the same road, which is the only way into the Cirque de Cilaos.

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  • Written Aug 28, 2009
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