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Climbing Le Morne Mountain: Contemplate the West and South and Get Closer to the Sky

Of medium difficulty level, climbing Le Morne Brabant (550 metres) is a hike that culminates in the ascent of the spectacular mountain from the southwest of the island to the cross at an altitude of 500 metres.

Once they reach the highest point, the most daring ones are rewarded with a panoramic view of almost 360 degrees of the west and south.

The first part of the climb begins smoothly under the tree canopy. This phase, said to be easy, allows hikers to reach an altitude of 255 metres. This is where the obstacles leading to the cross, 245 metres higher, begin. The path becomes steeper and one has to use one’s hands and ropes in some places to advance on the basalt, in rock climbing mode.

The views of the lagoon are stunning: breathtaking views of Bénitiers Island, îlot Fournaux, as well as the most beautiful lagoons on the island: stretches of fine white sand. This three-hour climb also includes a historical element as it takes hikers to a place classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 6 July 2008, which has since been known as “Le Morne Cultural Landscape”. Le Morne Mountain used to be a shelter for runaway slaves. It is today a site of remembrance and pilgrimage.

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