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While visiting Mauritius we spent three days hiking the many trails found in Black River Gorges National Parks. It is an area of outstanding unspoiled beauty and a representation of the islands’ wilder side, as it would have been seen at the time of the first settlers. There are four main access points into the area; the two most commonly being used are from the coastal village of Black River and, at a much higher inland elevation, Petrin. These are the two we used as they provided good parking and basic facilities. Due to the areas geography, the park has its own micro climate…usually a damp and overcast one. During our three days exploring we encountered a variety of weather, from extreme humidity to torrential downpours, followed by clear blue skies. On more than one occasion we found ourselves back at the coast soaked through, seeking comfort in hot drinks.