This incredible view can be seen far above saint paul and saint gilles les bains.
Le Maïdo is sitting on the rim of the cirque de Mafate, the wildest caldera of the third that Reunion island count. It is by far the most impressive viewpoints in La Réunion.
In order to see something, you have to climb up there before the clouds begin to form in the caldera... That mean as early as 7AM :S
But really, on it's own, the road well worth the trouble, the forest road wind all the way to the top in a scenic drive under cryptomeria trees and with some magnificent view of the island.
When you get to the Maido, you sit at 2205meters above sea level and you can experience stunning views of Mafate and back to the coast.
The word Maïdo comes from Malagasy and mean "burnt land". I guess it's because the land looks bare, but unfortunately the place is well named, in November 2011, almost 3000 acres of land were burnt to the ground by an arson. This is pretty sad, but I am not worried, nature will overcome this.