Le Morne Mauritius
Le Morne Mauritius is a cultural landscape, a rugged mountain that juts into the Indian Ocean in the southwest of Mauritius. The area contains the giant basaltic monolith of Le Morne Brabant, which was used as a shelter by runaway slaves, maroons, through the 18th and early years of the 19th centuries. Protected by the mountain’s isolated, wooded and almost inaccessible cliffs, the escaped slaves formed themselves in to small settlements in the caves and on the summit. In July 2008, Le Morne Mauritius were classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Le Morne is a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering, and their sacrifice.
Today Le Morne Mauritius, due to its position and its natural beauty, is perhaps equally or better known as one of the island’s best beach destinations. The famous natural landmark is also home to a wide variety of endemic plants, and is the only habitat in Mauritius where the nations national flower, the Trochetia boutoniana can be found. Visitors to Le Morne Mauritius are bound to enjoy the wonderful views of the mountain, which is surrounded by cliffs.
It is also a popular place for tourists to hike. The Le Morne Cultural Landscape is surrounded by emerald lagoons lined with coral reefs with the deep blue sea in the background. Tourists are certain to enjoy the incredible breath-taking views from various points on the landscape, as well as the luxury resorts, such as Beachcomber and LUX* Le Morne.
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