Picturesque and authentic, the small village of Chamarel, some twenty minutes from the Villas, unveils itself after a superb uphill meandering road, bordered by luscious vegetation. Stop at the viewpoint to enjoy one of the most breathtaking panoramas of the island, overlooking the lagoon of Black River and Le Morne, ‘l’île aux Bénitiers’ (Benitiers Island) and in particular, the Black River Gorges. One often comes across monkeys in the woods. As you continue your journey, discover the village of Chamarel all coiled up in one of the hairpin bends. A now popular tourist destination, many tables d’hôte and small restaurants have opened, offering spicy local cuisine, a purely Mauritian menu rather than a gastronomic one. Because many fishermen live in the village, the catch of the day will hold pleasant surprises. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of tasting the ‘carri poule’ or ‘zourite’ (chicken or octopus curry – available in season). The village is also home to some artisans and artists; do not hesitate to encourage local handicraft. As a hub of the Rastafari culture, you will surely come across authentic Rastas living in community and who will be very happy to share their way of life with you.
Other must-see destination: the Seven Coloured Earths; a unique geological phenomenon. The place is also home to giant tortoises. To get there, follow the Chamarel waterfall and do not hesitate to take a dip if you so desire.
If you are in search of thrills, visit the ‘Parc Aventure Chamarel’ with its forest adventure course and suspended bridges overlooking breathtaking landscapes.
The ‘Rhumerie de Chamarel’ (Rum distillery) enables you to discover the distillation process and taste the best rums of the island, after a well-spent day.