During our visit to Mauritius, my husband and I had to take our children to Chamerel to see the seven coloured earths. This tourist attraction is found in the Riviere Noire District in the south-western part of Mauritius. Seven distinct colours of sand can be seen in this area:red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow.
The area has changed and become more of a tourist attraction site since my last visit. In addition to the fee that is now charged, people are kept off of the sands. I recall standing on the dunes during my first visit and being able to touch the sands. Now it is all fenced off to prevent people from digging into the sands.
If one looks carefully, one can see some sign of soil erosion near the roots of the trees – probably one of the reasons why the area is now more protected.
We found that when we looked at the sands from a shady area, the colours of the sands were more evident.
We could see the different hues and the almost striped effect of the sands.
I like the contrast between the uncovered sands and the dense forest area that surrounds the dunes.
It was an interesting trip – and our children enjoyed seeing something that they had not known existed. As for myself, it was interesting to notice the changes that had occured since my last visit.
Have you been to see the seven coloured earths?
(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt: Attraction)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013