The mountains of the interior of Reunion Island, the gorges, valleys, and steep cliffs made of naked rock, were declared a UNSECO World Heritage site exactly 5 years ago, on August 1, 2010.
Since then, a constant stream of adventure tourists have flocked to Reunion to hike the remote parts of the island, ride their mountain bikes over the extensive network of trails, abseil into the canyons, and of course see the spectacular sights from the elevated position of a helicopter overflight. Some forty percent of the island, or about 100,000 hectares, have been made a national park which include the 2 tallest mountains on the island – the often fire-spitting Piton de la Fournaise and the Piton des Neiges. Also into this category fall the Piton Anchaing in Salazie and the Piton de Sucre besides several other named formations which give the interior of Reunion Island its character.
Flora and fauna of the interior are equally part of the UNESCO site and a welcome sight from visitors from the cities of the French mainland or from other parts of the world.
Besides Reunion Island, one of only 34 global biodiversity hotspots, the Gulf of Porto on the French island of Corsica and the French territory of New Caledonia claim the fame of being listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
More information about the island which is estimated to be three million years old, can be found by visiting their website.