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Introduction

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Fianarantsoa, commonly known as Fianar, is the intellectual centre of Madagascar, befitting its Malagasy name of "place of good education". It's spread over a hillside so be prepared for dealing with plenty of steps, especially if you need to visit the ATMs in the New Town. Though there is little to see in Fianar itself, it's an obvious base for visiting Ranomafana National Park and Ambalavao, and will be a waypoint for anyone heading for Antananarivo from the south. The train ride to and from Manakara on the coast is also popular with tourists.

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Getting There

By Bus

A taxi-brousse between Fianar and Ambalavao takes about 1 hour 15 minutes and costs Ar3,000 (Oct 2009).
A taxi-brousse between Fianar and Ranomafana National Park takes about 2 hours and costs Ar5,000 (Oct 2009).
A taxi-brousse between Fianar and Antananarivo takes about 8 hours and costs Ar23,000 (Oct 2009).

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Sleep

Budget

  • Hotel Arinofy, +261 207550638, is up the hill behind the taxi-brousse station - take Rue D'Andrainjato and look for a sign pointing off to the left after 100 metres or so. An en suite room with hot water costs Ar25,600 (Oct 2009). Meals are also available.

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