DURATION: Two days walking: 3 hours 20 out - 4 hours 40 return
Deux-Bras - Grand Place Les Hauts - La Roche Ancrée - Grand Place Cayenne - Deux Bras
You can take the 4x4 to get to Deux-Bras. Go up the Rivière des Galets by crossing it in several places (the crossing places are adjusted according to weather conditions). After 45 minutes walking you will reach the place known as "La Porte". Go up and left, an inscription on a large rock will indicate the right path, the direction of Aurère, Ilet à Malheur. You will reach a cross-roads, several metres after the Source Cabris, turn right in the direction of Grand Place Cayenne using the walkway on the Bras d'Oussy. A steep slope after the walkway and several areas where the path is secured along the side of the rock face, awaits you. You will reach a cross-roads, go straight ahead. After 2 hours 45 walking, you will finally arrive at Grand Place Cayenne. Take time to re-energise yourself!
The hike has not finished, you will now continue to Grand Place Les Hauts. Take the direction for Deux Bras and Grand Place Les Hauts. At the cross-roads, go up and to the right, still in the direction of Grand Place Les Hauts. After 30 mins you will reach the shops and school in Grand Place, where you can buy something to eat if you haven't got anything with you. Then, go right towards Grand Place Les Hauts and at each cross-roads follow signs for Ilet à Bourse, Ilet à Mlaheur and Aurère. After 45 minutes walking you will reach Grand Place Les Hauts. A good night's sleep awaits you.
For the return journey, you will not take the same route. Go back up towards the summit of Grand Place Les Hauts (beyond the "Coeur de Mafate" gîte and the last houses). On arriving at the summit, take the time to admire the view. Next, go down the steep, slippery slope until you reach the terraces that overlook the Rivière des Galets. Turn right at the cross-roads, in the direction of Grand Place Cayenne. After 1 hour 25 of effort, you'll arrive at the place known as "La Roche Ancrée" in the Rivière des Galets. This place has a unique history. In 1870, it was a small village with the name "Mafate-Les-Eaux". It made its reputation from its thermal spas, which were very appreciated by the local population. But unfortunately, a collapse in 1913 ended the activity.
Turn left, in the direction of Grand Place Cayenne. Stay on the left bank to cross a narrow gorge path, then descend towards the Rivières des Galets and pass onto the right bank. It is an easy path that runs along the edge of the rampart with a steep trail that goes up. 2 hours 45 hiking and Grand Place Cayenne will be smiling on you at last! At this place you can take the same route to go back down to Deux Bras.
max. 997 m
min. 243 m
Style : Hiking
Public : Experienced hikers
Themes : CulturalPatrimony
Very Experienced Hikers