A place you can’t miss in Mauritius is the beautiful village of Chamarel, distinctive for its lush vegetation and cultural attractions. Chamarel is a village in the southwest of Mauritius with a population of 700. It is named after the Frenchman Charles Antoine de Chazal de Chamarel, who lived in the area around 1800.
Located on the mountains on the southwest, Chamarel hosts mainly a Creole population that has built an economy around tourism, with plenty of family-run restaurants and ecotourism attractions.
Among them are the Seven Colored Earth, the Chamarel Falls and the Black River Gorges National Park. The surrounding area is also known for its locally grown coffee and for the famous Rhum distillery.
Seven Coloured Earth
This world famous attraction is a unique volcanic geological phenomenon resulting in seven colours of earth swirled together to create a beautiful feature. Found in the stunning region of Chamarel, this is a treasure not to be missed. After visiting the 7-coloured earth, you can take a trip to the village to see the picturesque Church of St. Anne which was built in 1876 and is a sought after feature by visitors.
The Chamarel Falls
Probably the most famous picture of Mauritius. Chamarel Waterfall is a nature’s beauty. The drop of the water is almost 100 meters down. There is a nice viewpoint that can be reached by car. Needless to say Chamarel Waterfall is a must see.
Black River Gorges National Park
The Black River Gorges National Park is the largest protected forest of Mauritius, providing over 50 km of trails. The Park is managed mainly for the conservation of endemic flora and fauna, dissemination of and creation of public awareness, education and the provision of leisure to both local and foreign visitors.
Rhum distillery of Chamarel
This one of the rare distilleries still in activity in Mauritius which cultivate its own sugarcane. They are carefully selected and grown exclusively for the production of the Chamarel Rums: here lies the first secret of its quality.
Other excursions in the region include the popular adventure sports activities such as mountain biking, and horseback riding. There is also an adventure park in the forest which provides for activities such as crossing Zip-lines, mini suspension bridges, and rope ways. In addition, the newly restored Ebony Forest Chamarel is located near to the Coloured Earths and this conservation area is now open to visitors.
In the end you will find that Chamarel has it all! Come and try these unforgettable adventures at Chamarel Village and discover a selection of Mauritius wonders!
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