The Route de la Trace, a trail first used by Jesuits in the XVII Century, leads from Fort de France to Morne Rouge lined with gigantic ferns and Balsier the path traverses rich tropical forests with luxurious flora.
Departing from Fort de France , in the direction of Morne Rouge, you will be treated to an opportunity to see a bit of Paris, a miniature replica of the basilica of Montmartre “Sacre Couer” . You could alternatively take a break from the trail in the botanic gardens of Balata.
The Route de la Trace offers visitors that opportunity to escape the tourist path and explore the hinterland often ignored in preference for Martinique’s beaches.
Morne Rouge is found at the foot of M. Pelée at 450m making it the highest town in Martinique.
Partially destroyed by a volcanic eruption only a few months after the eruption that destroyed Saint Pierre in 1902, Morne Rouge does not offer any particular points of interest.
Once you have reached Morne Rouge you could return by the road to Saint Pierre or continue in the direction of Ajoupa Bouillon until you reach Mount Pelée for some trekking on a volcano.
Traversing the forest and cultivated fields you can descend to the Atlantic coast and Le Lorrain, from here you can head north to Basse Pointe or south towards Sainte Marie, Trinité.
The central region of Martinique is characterised by more raining and humid which assists in the cultivation of tropical flowers.
There are several plantations around Morne Rouge which are open to the public.
La Maison des Volcans
A small museum dedicated to the volcano of Montagne Pelée and related subjects. Entrance is free.
Open every day with variable hours. During the week it is open all day. Except forMonday when the museum is open in the afternoon. During the weekend it is open only in the morning.