The colors of the soil sometimes associate me with certain countries we’ve visited. Egypt is all in yellow, Swaziland, officially called the Kingdom of eSwatini, is dyed in a rotten cherry color while Mauritius has not one but the seven colored earths and when you’re there you can see dunes with seven layers on them and no it won’t be an optical illusion!
That morning we decided to check out the wonder called ‘the seven shades of earth’. We directed ourselves to the village called Chamarel and passed vivacious plantations of tea and sugar canes whose fields cover about 80% of the island’s surface. Vertiginous curves and hills followed us until we spotted the wondrous sign. Even then and there the ecosystem looked somehow strange but in a good way. The roots were pushing through the soil in a quite transparent way. In the distance, you could see the waterfall as we were surrounded by the forest.
Mauritius – The seven colored earths
Then we saw the famous dunes; unluckily they weren’t sand dunes on which you can lie on or walk over, those you can find in the land of the pyramids. These dunes are colorful and can only be admired from a distance. The landscape is extremely authentic. You can see hilly layers, everyone being dyed in a different color. I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw them and questioned whether the view is real or in your imagination.
Brown, red, purple, lilac, blue, yellow and green are the shades the human eye captures depending on what time of day it is and the angle of the sun. We read about the magic of this soil and it’s said that when you grab clod and put it in your hand the colors will group themselves by similarity and won’t be mixed with each other, even if it rains or nasty storms occur, which is not a rarity, the colors will be preserved and won’t erode.
How did the seven colored earths arise?
For this nature’s creation, actually, a volcano is responsible for it was extremely active in the past. Ah those volcanoes, they produce such disasters! However, then you realize that ‘bad’ things happen for a reason. Instead of the dunes we see here today once flew hot boiling lava so with a little help of geology, chemistry, meteorology and a few million years old hourglass, the biggest attraction on the island Mauritius was created.
This phenomenon is spread onto 7500 square meters. There are also similar places in Australia and Papua New Guinea but not as captivating as this one.
Considering you cannot walk on this soil they let you take a clod but also there is a souvenir shop at the end of the dunes where you can buy a true rarity in a tube, namely, it has all seven colors packed in it and serves as a perfect memorable gift of this place of wonder.
Aldabra giant turtles
Apart from the fascinating dunes, this place is home to the Aldabra giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantea). These tortoises were part of a project the famous British scientist Charles Darwin induced with an idea that a number of tortoises from the island Aldabra (Seychelles) get moved to other surrounding islands as to protect their kind.
Tamarind Falls- LES SEVEN CASCADES
Not far from the dunes is a waterfall called Seven Cascades or Tamarind Falls. They are a one-hour drive from the dunes and are perfect for people who are passionate about rock climbing and rafting.
Still, with all that said, the colorful dunes that hide ancient secrets of geo-climatic events left the strongest impression on us. There is no explanation on how much erosive rain energy and time needed to pass to turn molten magma rocks (basalt) into these beautiful stripes and not even the tortoises can vouch for them.
With that in mind, we left the village Chamarel and went to one of the beaches passing by various topographic sights of the wonderful island of Mauritius until we, again, found ourselves in color, but this time the color was of water because on that particular night, the sky dyed the ocean in mint green.
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