Mauritius – the inner paradise list

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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.

 

The mountains

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.

View of Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire and Piton Saint Denis or any two other spectacular peaks in Mauritius
Black River Gorge under the rain
The fortress of Port Louis. Even the surrounding mountain can’t stop the crazy wind.

 

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?

British chimneys

 

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.

View without sunshine
Then the clouds started moving

 

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.

Let the journey take you to  Kenya - lake Nayvasha and lake Nakuru

 

The temples

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.

Mauritian guides will give you an umbrella to stay dry while watching this huge statue of Shiva
Colorful Hindu temple
The red-roof Cap Malheureux Church

receiving the blessing

 

Traditions and religion

Adding another color to the Seven Colored Earth

 

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 🙂

Every modern museum should have a setup like that one!
The inside factory
Rum tube?!?

 

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.

Turtles are social creatures
Our new friend

Lilly pond is full of beautiful and tiny buddies

 

City market

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.

The healthiest sandwich ever

Westernized shopping street
The real fabrics market

 

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.

Let the journey take you to  Kenya – the wild Tsavo East National Park
Coconut man says hi!

 

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. 🏝

 

10 Responses

  1. This is an amazing post. I was not familiar with Mauritius at all. Now I truly want to visit. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The Walking Map
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    Hello Mr. Coconut. Not used to seeing orange ones!

    • Bistra Yakimova
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      This is the spirit of the island – everyone is accepted no matter their color 🙂

  3. I had never thought about traveling to Mauritius but this destination is going on my bucket list!

  4. Kaila Yu
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    Looks so idyllic there, I love those huge turtles! Looks like an island paradise

    • Bistra Yakimova
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      It is paradise, as Mark Twain said it. I hope it will remain like this for longer time 🙂

  5. Anita
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    Mauritius feels so far away and distant. You brought it to a reality with your post. Your pictures are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    • Bistra Yakimova
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      Thank you, Anita! I think distance is one of the things that preserve the authenticity of a place. Nowadays distance is not a problem so we need to be more mindful on how we enjoy things. 🙂

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