We now started to enter canyon country as huge boulders appeared. The scenery was truly breathtaking and again very different to what I’d witnessed to date. We rolled into the Relais de la Reine, a charming hotel nestled next to the rocks where I was going to be staying for two nights. As chance would have it, one of my friends in the UK recently got married and had gone to Mauritius for his honeymoon and had come to Madagascar for a short break. Our schedules happened to coincidentally overlap and I saw him in the lobby when I entered the hotel! We hadn’t managed meeting up for years in London, and here we were in what could be justifiably called the middle of nowhere! There was a very nice walking trail right amongst the boulders and forest next to the hotel so while his wife was having some treatments we decided to have a bit of a catch up on a short walk. We had barely started walking when we encountered a bush snake as well as two brightly coloured lubber grasshoppers clinging to some reeds. They were the most peculiar insects I’d seen and as like most things here, endemic to Madagascar. There were some terrific vantage points and then we made our way back to the hotel just as the sun was about to set. We continued our conversation over a couple of beers. Tomorrow was going to be a full day hike in Isalo National Park, so after another delicious meal I decided to call it a night.This blog is part of an Off-The-Beaten-Track Travel Diary. Click on the links below to navigate through this journey.