Aircraft flight flying over the Maido SUMMIT Mafate and islets. Circuses: Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie. At the foot of the Piton des Neiges three impressive open circuses which can only be accessed through narrow gorges. Circuses are Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie, a gem for mountain lovers. Two of them are within walking distance: Salazie and Cilaos but Mafate only be reached on foot or fly by helicopter. Inside live some native communities, many of them descendants of slaves who fled the plantations of sugar. Despite its isolation, in tourism have opened and even offer cheap hosting. Salazie circus is perhaps the most beautiful of all, though not the largest. Countless waterfalls tumble from the top, rushing down the steep slopes Dying to sea. In the background, in the depths, you are the people of Hell Bourg, a beautiful mountain village of thermal tradition. A natural disaster ended the spa. The village was recovered in the 80 and is on the list of the most beautiful villages of France. In Cilaos Circus is a town of the same name, where you can stay in luxury hotels, such as the Vieux Cep, and emphasize the colorful Creole mansions. This area is suitable for sports practice viewpoint riesgo.Un Cirque de Mafate which can be reached by car is Piton Maido. It leads directly to the circus and you can see places like Marla, Trois Roches, Roche Plata and La Nouvelle. The landscape is very strange and absolutely stunning. To get to the point of view, always follow the forest road no. 8 (RF8) to its end where you park the car at a height of 2,190 m. Be sure to start early in the morning because the clouds are already moving before noon. From St. Leu found on the west coast, it took about 2 hours to get Piton Maido.