You might get the idea to save some money and walk along the road to the national park, BUT that road is ment for cars only and at many places there is no space at all for hikers and cardrivers will also not expect anyone when going around one of the many bends in the jungle. There might be a seperate path uphill from the village, but I dont know.
36 euros was the halfdaytour that was offered by our cruiseship and I think that was a bargain anyway, as the entrancefee to the national park alone is 20 euros, and the excursion included also a tour through the island to a beach and a bit more than 1 hour there.
Be careful when walking around Vallee de Mai, because many of the palmtrees have thorns and they are hard to be seen, but it will be very hard to get these thorns out of your skin again when you have touched them once. Insects are no problem in that national park, we saw a few snails and some spiders, but they were not poisonous.
spent a few hours on cote d or, was eaten alive by sand flies, they leave nasty bites which turn into red weeping spots and then bllod blisters.Required two weeks of medical treatment to get rid of the bites. Dont be complacent, they are most uncomfortable and there are NO LOCAL WARNINGS
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