Camp de la Transportation
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Camp de la Transportation information
Lonely Planet review
The eerily quiet Camp de la Transportation, where prisoners arrived for processing, was the largest prison in French Guiana. Convicts arrived by boatfuls of 500 to 600 men and it took 20 days to cross the Atlantic. The Tourism Office offers 1½-hour tours although most guides speak minimal English.
Otherwise ask for a brochure with a map that points out the tiny cells, leg shackles, dorm-style toilets (known to prisoners as the 'love room') and public execution areas. One cell has Papillon's name engraved near the bed, but whether this was really his cell is up for debate.