La Fenêtre

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La Fenêtre Les Makes Reviews

vances vances
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This window has no "pain"... Oct 20, 2011
La Fenêtre is French for “the window”, an apt moniker for this stellar viewpoint. Like all of the other jaw dropping lookouts on Reunion, reaching La Fenêtre requires enduring a long, tortuous drive past tons of switchbacks, but the standard line that “you will be rewarded” applies. Once you reach Les Makes, a relatively large village in the western hauts, there’s only another 10 kilometers of curves to the viewpoint (and note I said ANOTHER – plenty of switchbacks just to reach Les Makes!). The good news is that traffic is fairly light after Les Makes – La Fenêtre is the end of the line and there shouldn’t be much but sightseers once you get beyond the village. Caution is still advised, because both sides of the narrow roadways are lined with drainage ditches and fall off sharply.

You peer down into Cirque Cilaos and if the skies are clear, enjoy truly stunning views of villages tucked below jagged peaks. Things are likely obscured by clouds, but patience is a virtue. When I was here the clouds rolled in and out, so cooling your heels for twenty minutes might yield a dramatically different panorama.

The other attribute of La Fenêtre is that it serves as the trailhead for a lot of quality hikes. I tackled Piton Cabris (see separate review) and it was splendid. Beyond this, another rewarding facet appeared to be minimal crowds. Unlike Le Maido, which had a huge parking area and tons of visitors when we were there (the bulk delivered by tour buses), there were only a handful at La Fenêtre. Still a lot of cars parked, but most seemed to be off hiking rather than remaining perched at the small lookout area, and none of the parking spaces were large enough to accommodate buses!
Views from La Fenêtre
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Peering down on Cilaos from La Fen…
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