The village of Chamarel in southwest Mauritius is home to two natural wonders - the magnificant Chamarel Falls and the colored earths of Chamarel. The earths are particularly unsual; created by volcanic rocks that cooled at different temperatures, the earths form beautiful patterns of color in the exposed hillsides. And if you mix the colored earth together, they'll eventually settle into separate layers.
||Sometimes the colors play tricks on you and appear to be shadows.|
millennia, the rocks were pulverized into sands which have the amazing
property of settling into distinct layers: if you take a handful of
each of the seven different colors of dirt and mix them together,
they'd eventually separate into a colorful spectrum, each dot of sand
rejoining its color caste.
the earth was first exposed, rains had carved beautiful patterns into
the hillside, creating an effect of earthen meringue. At first I
thought I noticed shadows on the hills, creating the illusion of
different colors, but soon I realized that the colors were real and the
shadows were the illusion....
||Craggy mountains can be seen in the distance.||
||You're not allowed to walk on the colored earths, so they maintain a smooth, almost eerie quality.|
||Fabulous Chamarel Falls plummet hundreds of feet down a cliff. See a video of the falls!||
||A picture of me by the falls.|
|We followed a
small group of French tourists up a steep, muddy hillside, careful not
to slip and crash through the bushes, as it was impossible to tell how
far the drop would be - a fateful fall no matter what, I'm sure. Soon
we reached a railed platform, with another group of tourists pointing
far across the valley.
Squeezing in between them, I spotted the most amazing waterfall I'd
ever seen - a magnificent flood of water cascading hundreds and
hundreds of feet down the side of a cliff. It was the type of watery
precipice I thought existed only in Kauai or the far reaches of
"That's amazing," I said to Dave. "How tall is it?"
"Very tall," he said, clearly as captivated by the view as I was.
(From Andy's journal, The Mauritius Grand Tour)
||Fields of sugarcane around Chamarel.||
||The sugar cane grows right to the edge of the road.|
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Arrival in Mauritius | More Presentations, More Rain | Paying Homage to the Porcelain God
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