The « ilet la Mère » site
The « ilet la Mère » site is located on Cayenne’s administrative territory. It is the property of the coastal protection agency and is Cayenne’s largest group of islands formed by: the Mother (la Mère), the Father (le Père), the lost Child (l’Enfant perdu), the Malingre (le Malingre) and the Breast (les Mamelles). Nowadays, only the islet of the Mother welcomes tourists. It is a rare natural and historical area of the Guianese coast. The complete access of the islet is possible by staying on the marked trails. However, it is important to know that the site is prohibited during the night, as well as hunting, capturing animals even the dead ones and gathering their eggs. Currently it is a private operator, the « Wayki Village », that provides transportation.
The « ilet la Mère » site is an island with many assets and that only needs to be appreciated properly. Apart from the inevitable Saimiris monkeys and the luxuriant and abundant vegetation, you can follow a marked trail and do a complete visit of the islet. You will discover the remains of the colonial prison and old traces of occupation, such as engraved rocks and polishers that are surprising to find in these places. The coastal protection agency has installed information panels to enable visitors to discover the Guianese history. Most of the ruins visible on the « ilet la Mère » site date from the colonial time: hospital, the bell, church, condemned buildings … You will enjoy a 3.5 km circuit that takes about one hour thirty to complete. For the more courageous, there is the climb of the ruins of an ancient semaphore. A covered local cottage is available and will provide you with shade and a comfortable place to sit and eat. You will also be able to enjoy the beach and take a dip in the sea.
The « ilet la Mère » site has undeniable assets as part of our heritage, to enhance and share. You will find below a small condensed text to download about this site that we need to preserve.