Fianarantsoa is 400km on the road to the South, part of both the plains of the east coast and the central highlands Fianarantsoa has a characteristic climate of the Highlands and the Betsileo region. Hot and humid from November to February, hot and dry from March to May, cool from June to October.
The name Fianarantsoa "Where we learn good" was given by Queen Ranavalona 1st to replace "Ivonea"; Its stairs and alleys make it one of the most beautiful Madagascan cities, like the capital, it is also the Catholic and academic center of Madagascar with its missions, its literary institutions and its good schools. renowned.
The region is rich in rice, tea, vegetable crops. Betsileo vineyards, terraced rice fields, caves of the region of Isandra, the Boby peak, the second summit of Madagascar with 2,658 meters, Ambalavao for its Antaimoro paper, Soatanana home of the famous Fifohazana religious organization for their white clothes recalling the traditional clothes of the highlands in the XIXth century and practicing exorcism.
The region is also famous for its "Famadihana" turning of the dead, a ceremony which aims to cleanse the bones of the deceased several years after the death between June and September.