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Whilst much is known and is in the public domain in relation to Devil's Island there us much less... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nastame
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
Should be seen in conjunction with visit to Devil's Island.

While the main focus may be Devil's Island this place offers another aspect. It is worth getting a... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
SueKot
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London, United Kingdom
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Camp De La Transportation, Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whilst much is known and is in the public domain in relation to Devil's Island there us much less awareness of the wider French Colonial Penal system. What amazed me was that the last convicts were arriving to this barbaric institution in the 1930s and...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

While the main focus may be Devil's Island this place offers another aspect. It is worth getting a guide not only to obtain the best information but also to see all the nooks and crannies of the buildings. The guides speak French, English and other...More

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Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

An interesting place with an even more interesting harrowing history. They added speakers to the cell blocks to create more of the atmosphere that existed when it was inhabited. Definitely the highlight of my time in French Guiana

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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Large sections of the prison are intact and largely undisturbed. What’s striking is that you can see where Papillon carved his name into his cell. The guide was enthusiastic, and with only four people on the tour we almost had a private tour. Our tour...More

Thank Ralph_MB
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

It is daunting to think that some 70 000 convicts were imprisoned here since it was first established in about 1852 and closed in 1953. Many died of tropical diseases, brutal treatment and the Guillotine. Few convicts returned to France but some settled in the...More

1  Thank reise-tanta-di
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Tourist office is opposite the Transportation Camp and you have to buy tickets for tours there. Check the times of tours on the Tourist Office website as they are not consistent every day. For example, on Monday there are only two tours in the afternoon...More

Thank Poleinahole
Reviewed 18 December 2016

I was the only English speaking tourist in the group of 12, who showed up on a Saturday at 2:30. Luckily, there was a man from France who could give me a VERY superficial translation, or I would have understood nothing. I waited an hour...More

2  Thank fiftystatesevenconts
Reviewed 27 March 2016

We were glad we made a point of spending a night in St Laurent so we could visit here! Very interesting place, and only 6 euros to get in. A guided tour is included, and we were lucky to get an English speaking guide all...More

3  Thank Thelastdodo2
Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

You have to be on a formal tour with a guide. (Be sure you know which language is being used.) There are no explanatory signs. A tour takes around an hour. Most of the buildings are intact, and you can see the actual conditions prisoners...More

Thank Film G
Reviewed 5 October 2015

We paid 6 euros for the tour. Unfortunatly they don’t have English options so we didn’t really get a lot of the explanation. It’s nice and I would do it again, but it not totally worth the price.

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