Trou aux Cerfs is a dormant volcano (it has been asleep for billions of years, I was told) with a well-defined cone and crater, located in Curepipe, Mauritius. It is about 605 meters high and has been alternately described as 300 and 350 meters in diameter, with a depth of 80 meters, says our friend Wiki. Our guide didn’t forget to add, “Don’t bother if someone jumps in as they cannot be saved anyway. The mud below will swallow them!” Yup, a quagmire at the bottom. You can see it in the picture below.
The crater itself is full of trees that it looks more like a valley than a volcanic crater, Not that I am an expert, I just thought that a volcanic crater would look all bare and rugged and all that rather than this lovely profusion of greens.
From the crater area was the incredible view on the opposite side, of mountains in the backdrop of the achingly beautiful blue of the sky. Our guide named each of the mountains for us, but all the names seem to have slipped my mind. Sigh. I’ll have to turn to Mother Google for details.
So here are a few pictures to go with the post.
©Shail Mohan 2017