Antsirabe is the fourth largest city in Madagascar and located 4 hours driving south from the capital. Antsirabe is the city of the pousse pousse, a brightly colored rickshaw that is pulled by manpower. Because Antsirabe lies in hilly surroundings they often had to use an extra man to push them up the hill, the name comes from the front man pulling the rickshaw shouting to the back; ‘push push’. The area is ideal for hiking and cycling through the green countryside and many rice fields.
About 20 kilometres outside Antsirabe lies the azure-blue crater lake Tritriva in a region also notable for the presence of many hot springs.The walk around the lake takes about 1,5 hours in which you will also get a good impression of what the country life is like in the area. Apart from the views of this beautiful lake, the forest and many birds. it is the direct contact with the locals what makes this an unforgettable experience for many visitors. The hawkers you encounter on the trail are stubborn, but you can ask your guide to decline their offers for you. The stories and legends about this lake go far back in time. You could ask about the ‘Romeo & Juliet story’ and whether anyone has ever been able to swim across this lake. You could even go for a swim in the lake but remember there is an important 'Fady' (Malagasy taboo) warning you not to swim in the lake when you have eaten pork, this brings a lot of bad luck.