For those interested in Mauritius’s history, La Route des Marrons offers a chance to walk in the footsteps of runaway slaves. The trail starts from the last bus stop in Coteau Raffin village at La Gaulette and traces the route slaves followed to reach safety beyond Chamarel mountain. It’s a four-hour moderate return trip, mostly uphill, along a marked varied ancient track. Highlights along the way include an old mountain village, where descendants of slave families still live, and endemic fauna and flora – look out for bois puant (stink wood), a natural insect repellent used for furniture and bois cyclone, which blossoms after cyclones, as well as bats, lizards and birds. The trail ends close to a big red house with a magnificent view, from where the slaves assessed their route before heading down to hide in the densely forested valleys. The only way back is to retrace your steps.

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