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Chamarel, Mauritius

1-Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth -Chamarel Adventure Park

Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth(s) (Terres des Sept Couleurs in French) are a geological formation and prominent tourist attraction found in the Chamarel plain of the Rivière Noire District in south-western Mauritius. It is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colours (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The main feature of the place is that since these differently coloured sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic, striped colouring. This phenomenon can also be observed, on a smaller scale, if one takes a handful of sands of different colours and mixes them together, as they'll eventually separate into a layered spectrum. Another interesting feature of Chamarel's Coloured Earths is that the dunes seemingly never erode, in spite of Mauritius' torrential, tropical rains.

The sands have formed from the decomposition of volcanic rock (basalt) gullies into clay, further transformed into ferralitic soil by total hydrolysis; the two main elements of the resulting soil, iron and aluminium, are responsible for red/anthracite and blue/purplish colours respectively. The different shades of colour are believed to be a consequence of the molten volcanic rock cooling down at different external temperatures (hence rates), but the causes of their consistent spontaneous separation are yet to be fully clarified.

2.Chamarel Adventure Park

A unique activity in an adventure park located in the heart of the tropical forest in Mauritius.Nepalese bridges, knotted-ropes and lifelines make this trip much more fun than a classic trip. It is a special adventure along footbridges and through the treetops.In the park there are two tracks that fit all levels. These tracks of differing difficulty can be done one after another or with some break between them.Everyone gets the opportunity to have a wonderful experience according to their level. Regardless of athletic ability, the young and not so young can roam from tree to tree, and path to path, attached to a secured lifeline and safety equipment.Several viewing points have been placed along the trail, offering you the enjoyment of fabulous views of the Chamarel valley, the Piton Mountain and the black river nature reserve.Previous experience is not needed to cope with the challenges on the course, only balance, coordination and the willingness for some excitement and adventure.A visit to the park is also a visit to a real tropical forest, where you can discover an indigenous forest, see variety of plants and enjoy many panoramic views of Mauritius’ beautiful nature.The park offers two treetops tracks:

Thousand Leaves track: Botanical Walk along footbridges through the treetops, you will be at the top of the forest. This track is appropriate for all ages. The difficulty level is easy. Track duration: 1:00 hour.
    Adventure Track: Botanical Walk along wall of nets, ziplines, trapezes, swings, double Tyrolienne and many more. These technical elements represent a more adventurous challenge. The difficulty level is medium. Track duration 1:30 hour.The total duration of both activities/tracks is of 2:30 hours.In addition to these two treetops activities, it is also possible to enjoy trekking in the park. There are 5 marked trekking trails for you to choose from. Visitors to the park can go on any of these treks for a small extra fee (payment is done directly in the park).Site security:
All participants are equipped with safety harnesses. All equipment meets manufacturing standards and follows European standards. The strength and reliability equipment and structures are tested daily before giving permission to open the park. All this guarantee maximum safety to visitors.

The instructors:
Throughout your adventure trip, qualified instructors will help you discover the park's operation and will provide full supervision.

Comments:

    Children can’t go on this excursion alone, only accompanied by an adult
    The minimum age to go on enjoy this attractions is 6 years
    It is recommended to wear appropriate clothing (comfortable wear / sports wear) and comfortable sport shoes
    Before going on any of the tracks you will receive explanation and demonstration of the safety procedures
    The adventure park is open every day except Wednesdays. The opening hours are: 09:00 - 16:00
    Please note that in order to access the Adventures treetops park, you must pass through the Chamarel 7 Colored earth park.

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