Devil’s Island

D20Devil’s Island includes three small islands off the east coast of French Guiana, South America with historic relevance for its prison facilities operated from 1852 to 1953.  It became notorious for the book and movie, Papillion, depicting it as a French penal colony, and remains today as a tourist attraction for its arduous walk ashore.  Charter boats are available to ferry folks from the main administrative island, Isle Royale, to the two neighboring islands, Devil and St. Joseph, on which most of the prisoners were housed.  Our walking tour was of the main administrative island which rises majestically several hundred feet above the ocean.  The tropical vegetation and jungle creatures make it a spectacular visit, and a strenuous walk.

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