Since the weather forecast announced strong winds for today, we rented a car and drove inland for hiking. At the entrance of the national park, the Petrin Visitors Centre, it started to rain like from buckets. Rainforest in the truest sense of the word!
Fortunately, you could buy raincoats there. We had left ours nicely in the apartment. The Macchabee Forest Loop Trail went through the forest as the name suggests.
The main attraction is the upper end of a waterfall, which you have to cross. We hiked about 11 km and got to see a whole new, green side of Mauritius. Unfortunately, the people here have wiped out many species of creatures and plants. Now they are trying to protect and reforest a part of it.
We saw monkeys and a small hawk. Beautiful viewpoints with waterfalls and even a rainbow. Back in Flic en Flac we had vegetable curry with rice. Reiner was still studying for his dive.