Caught on a plateau between Reunion’s south coast and the primordial highlands of the Piton des Neiges, Le Tampon is a rural community with palm plantations and pineapple farms. The local scenery is pretty gentle, but Le Tampon is hemmed in by colossal landforms waiting to be explored on treks and drives and horseback rides.
Things get very dramatic to the east where the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most active volcanoes rumbles away. The Route du Volcan road winds towards this beast through a strange, alien scenery scarred by many thousands of years of eruptions, the most recent in January 2017.
Lets explore the best things to do in Le Tampon:
1. Cité du Volcan
On the Plaine des Cafres between the Piton de la Fournaise and the Piton des Neiges range, this museum is a fun and informative journey into the world of volcanoes.
The Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion’s own active shield volcano, takes centre stage at a modern, interactive attraction that reopened in 2014 following an update.
There are now high-tech multimedia presentations that transport you to the most hostile locations on the planet.
The 4D cinema takes you even further to explore the extraterrestrial volcanoes in the Solar System.
Adults and teenagers interested in the minutiae of volcanoes aren’t neglected either as there’s exhaustive scientific information about the geology and physics of these natural wonders.