Piton de la Furno (Piton-de-La-Fournaise)
Piton de la Fournaise (Piton de la Fournaise) – The acting volcano located in the eastern part of the island of Reunion, its height is 2 631 m. This is one of the most active volcanoes in the world (more than 150 registered eruptions from the 17th century), the last time he broke out most recently, September 21, 2008.
Volcanic activity is under constant control of geophysical sensors, data from which are transmitted to the Volcanology Observatory located in Burg-Murat (Bourg-Murat) in the north-west of the volcano.
Python de la Furno is the main attraction of Reunion, so forest roads and trails are in good condition and tourists are offered reasonable routes of visiting volcanoes.
Climbing can be started through the settlement of Burg-Murat (Bourg-Murat), coming to Pas de Belcomb (Pas de Bellecombe), which is located above the volcanic funnel, you will open a beautiful view of the northeastern part of the caldera.
There is a route leading to the bottom of the Calder, however, during seismic activity and during the eruption, it is closed due to safety considerations.
Tourists who decide to visit the volcano should be in good physical shape, have a convenient shoe, drinking water and food supply. As well as be ready for the sudden and rapid change of weather from a clear, sunny day (with a risk of thermal impact) to a cold, rainy with a strong fog. It is recommended not to go with a trail and stick to the road markings.
Lower slopes, known as Grand Brule, can be visited with highway number 2.
Another, although more expensive, the way to see the volcano – will go on a tour of the helicopter who offer commercial companies of the island.