Seven colored Earth of Chamarel, a small area of sand dunes located on the Rivière Noire District in southwestern Mauritius, is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island.
This natural geological phenomenon is a mix of colored earth due to the different compositions of the soil. Over the millennium the volcanic rocks were pulverized into sand, settling into distinct layers and due to exposure to the rain the soil has been carved into beautiful patterns. Shades of red, brown, violet, green, blue and purple make this place a surrealistic lunar landscape.
The dunes of Seven colored Earth are protected by a wooden fence that visitors can walk around and look from observation spots placed along the fence. Nearby is a playground, a souvenir shop and an area with Giant Turtles, which were imported to Mauritius from the Seychelles in the 1880s.
Close to the Seven colored Earth travellers can also visit the Chamarel waterfalls, impressive cascades with a height of 83m that are formed from the River St. Denis and are surrounded by lush vegetation. It is possible to have a great view of the waterfalls from both a lower and an upper spot from the Black River National Park.
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