June 26, 2013

Hiking from Henrietta via Mare Longue and Petrin to La Marie - part 2

...if you missed part one... click here

After climbing the road from Tamarind Falls, we reached the vegetable growing area. 

Field of chayotes, or chou chou as they are called here. Potatoes and carrots are also grown in this beautiful farmland area.

A young chou chou

Far away from pollution, odors and noise...
Instead; fresh air, smell of trees and soil, tranquillity... 

After a couple of hours we reached picturesque Mare Longue. We had a short break (food & drink) at the bank before we continued part of the Mare Longue loop - Black River Gorges National Park

Part of the Mare Longue loop

Stunning view towards west and Tamarin Village
In this area we were lucky to catch a glimpse of the Echo Parakeet

Road sign - that we were on the right track! Well, not a surprise, we knew were we were! :))
At this spot we met one guy, the only human being we saw between Mare Longue  to Petrin! I think he got a bit surprised, because he asked if we were lost.... LOL! 

We had a last rest (food & drink) before we continued to Petrin & La Marie

Happy but tired feet! :) 

Petrin (679 meters) - Junction and entrance to Black River Gorges, Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao) to the South coast and to La Marie village.

Mare aux Vacoas - the main water reservoir

The last 9.2 km / 5.7 miles was hard! After 2 hours and 15 minutes we reached La Marie. We were lucky we didn't have to wait for the bus that long, it gets cold when the body cools down after a walk.
It was such a lovely, sunny day, even clear sky at Petrin (where it often rains)! I'm surprised we met only one guy in the Gorges! Such a gorgeous nature park away from pollution, congestion etc - and most Mauritians don't go there?! 

Our hike is estimated to approx 20 km / 12.5 miles - 6 hours walk (a couple of rests included).    

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