Grotte de la Reine Hortense

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This impressive cave tunnels into a limestone cliff at the end of a path through wild tropical gardens. Queen Hortense, wife of a local chief, is believed to have taken refuge here for several months during intertribal conflict in 1855; there’s a smooth rock ledge where she slept. The sealed road down to the cave is signposted.

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