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Mauritius Landscapes

The landscapes of Mauritius are inextricably linked to the sea, the sugar cane fields and the mountains. Peak at Piton de la Rivière Noire (828 m) in the south, the island has a varied terrain: jagged peaks (peaks of the Three Breasts) gorges ( Black River gorges ), and numerous hills. The interior of the island deserves to be fully visited for its natural resources.

The sugar cane plantations

Sugar cane occupies 90% of arable land. From the coast to the mountains and the center, the long green shoots hide the landscape from March to September. The roads seem to be like trenches through the plantations. After the sugarcan harvest, the island reveals its rocky peaks and mountains with strange shapes. Another curiosity, fields reclaimed from the volcanic soil is full of black stones. Stacked, they form mounds that can exceed 10 m in height. It is a peculiarity of the island.


The peaks of Mauritius can not compete with those of the neighbouring Reunion Island. They can, however provide beautiful walkings tracks accessible to all. Near Port Louis, Pieter-Both, Le Pouce and the " montagne des signaux" form a protective ring around the capital. Lost in the hills, there are several waterfalls where swimming is safe. Rochester Falls near Souillac, you will discover rock carved like stairways by the falling water. In the south, the route of the Black River Gorge offers a unique view on the south of the island.

Seven colors earth

It is in the south west, at Chamarel, that is the geological phenomenon of the land of seven colors. On a hill, the land declines dozens of shades depending on the light, showing shades of red, yellow, ocher, orange ... A show that naturally takes its best tone in the afternoon.

The garden of Pamplemousses

"If Mauritius is the paradise of the southern hemisphere, we can say that thePamplemousses garden is the paradise of Mauritius. "(Jules Leclerc)

This beautiful botanical garden, which is among the oldest and most beautiful in the world, was created by Pierre Poivre in 1746 on land that had belonged to Governor Labourdonnais. streching on some 20 hectares, the garden contains several wonders of nature: the greatest variety of palms, the talipot, palm tree that flowers only every 70-100 years before dying. The giant water lilies of the Amazon, the baobab tree and camphor ...

It''s certainly one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. Located in the north of the island in the small town of Pamplemousses, it was built under the guidance of Pierre Poivre in the seventeenth century and presents a selection of the most beautiful tropical plants harvested in the tropics with this enlightened botanist and lover Louis XV. Bottle palm, lotus, Ficus of all kinds and of course kind of giant water lilies Victoria, named after the famous queen of England, blossoming in beautiful pools around which exudes serenity.

  Tea plantations

In the south of the island, the hills of Bois Cheri is home for tea plantation on several hundred hectares. At the time of harvest, the ladies picking the leavec are active from dawn. They take only the first two or three leaves on the stems. The tea is then transported to the factory where it undergoes a phase of drying and withering of 48 h. It then ferments at room temperature for 1 h30 before being stabilized by a transition to 110 ° C for 10 min. Once the leaves have been sorted according to size, the tea is macerated for a month. Finally, it is flavored with vanilla, impregnation of essential oils: the characteristic aroma of tea Mauritius!




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