Antsirabe (City of much salt) is located in the central highlands of Madagascar. In 2005, it had an population of around 177,000.
Taxis-brousse from Antananarivo's southern bus station (3hr 10,000Ar) drops you 3km from the main parts of town, pousse-pousse there for 5,000Ar.
Most tourists prefer to take a "Push-Push," which is a colorfully painted rickshaw.
Antsirabe Train Station. The Malagasy railway network dates from the colonial period, though breakdowns are frequent and many lines are now closed. The Antsirabe Train Station is an architecturally interesting example of colonial building techniques, though in 2007 it was closed due to problems with the line to the capital city.
Lac Tratriva. Natural Crater lake 30 minutes outside of town that can be accessed by car and then a short hike.
Chez Billy. Serves lunch and dinner. Also has lodgings. French owned and operated, great place for tourists.