Le Labyrinthe en-champ-thé
Grand Coude, Reunion
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Le Labyrinthe en-champ-thé Grand Coude Reviews
Lost in the Labyrinthe Oct 19, 2011
Clearly not worth the admission without knowing French, I am uncertain whether this place is a bargain even if you are familiar with the native tongue. You basically wander along a few muddy paths, some fairly overgrown, with an occasional laminated info sheet tacked up. There are some pretty specimens here, but nothing overwhelmingly exotic.
Located near Grand Coude in the hills above Saint-Joseph, Le Labyrinthe en-champ-thé was touted as a good stop to check out tropical flora, especially tea plants (that’s what the thé at the end means, pronounced ‘tay’). I seemed to be the sole tourist they bagged the entire time I was there, paying admission at the entrance hut, which was miserably constructed and reminded me of childhood lemonade stands. I believe guided tours are available, but obviously in French, so my only option was wander about aimlessly.
There were a few pretty spots here and it was peacefully quiet, the only sounds being bird chatter. Although there were a few signs hanging about (some seemed to pose questions aimed at youngsters), but honestly not many, so perhaps the language deficit wasn’t as extreme as I feared? The only tidbit I acquired was upon returning to the hut and viewing the wares they had for sale (herbs and teas) – there was the aerial shot of Grand Coude, and I managed to have the attendant show where we standing at the moment. Alas, we were right in the heart of the dramatic scenery, but at ground level you’d never know it.
So if you need to stretch your legs and seek peace and quiet, this spot should provide a quick fix. Just don’t set expectations too high.
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