The Paradise (a.k.a. Mauritius) offers something really special to its admirers – the inner part of the island is also rich with history, national parks and sights to blow your mind. So we must recommend spending some time away from the beach and the ocean to fully enjoy this little paradise.
Views from above deserve the sweaty journey to them. It’s Mauritius and everything is pretty much accessible with a car or you can hike your way around. Spend some time exploring the upper-islands with knowledgeable guides or just pop up at some of the viewpoints to admire views of the island and the belonging ocean.
The sugarcane kingdom
Welcome to the sugarcane heaven! Endless fields and it still not enough! Did you know that every part of the sugarcane plant is used for something – that’s how Mauritius produces world-class sugar, rum, pellets, fuel, etc. ?
Did you know that the shape of the factory chimney tells us who built it?
The plains and the colors of Chamarel
Let’s get surrealistic! Let’s drive from the plains, surround the mountains and get to the Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel. Those volcanic remains formed sand dunes that acquired different colors depending on the elements in them.
Biking on Mauritius
This is how you manage shorter distances or even longer if you’re a pro biker and know the route map. The motorized vehicles are used to bikers but be careful – some roughs are not wide enough for everyone. We suggest using the dirt roads around the sugarcane fields(if not a private territory) and the beach park alleys.
At least four different religions coexist in happiness on the island. That means you can see a variety of temples and shrines, some of which you can enter. If you’re lucky you may encounter a ceremony or receive a blessing.
The rum factories
Sugarcane is the parent of the famous Mauritian rum. Visiting a rum factory is not only an inspiration for the rum lovers but also it’s an educational and entertaining for everyone exploring the country. For rum tasting: take it on small sips, it could be burning 🙂
The botanical gardens
This private settlement is a cool place to release some pressure(although it’s hard not to have done this so far) and learn more about waterlilies and turtles. Those parks are good for their calm atmosphere and are mainly targeting local people, IMHO.
From ancient time we know all the trade and business happen on the city market. That’s why headed to Port Louis’ markets to buy some traditional clothing on the cheap, to find the best deal for spices, and to grab a vegetable we’ve never eaten before. Markets could be the most colorful and off-the-beaten-path experience in a place but you need to be cautious about the hundreds of people you’ll meet there – from those willing to kiss your feet to those willing to kick your ass and grab your bag.
Exploring villages and towns
This is where the rural wife happens. People working in the fields, people working in the small shops, and people moving around without caring for tourists. Trading never stops, as well as the somehow relaxed lifestyle we envy for.
This is why we love places with rich history. History is knowledge but it also is entertainment. Mauritians are proud of their country and will love to tell you about their glorious moments as well as for their miserable times. 🏝