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Le Pouce, Port Louis

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Le Pouce is the third highest mountain in Mauritius, at 812 meters . Only Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire and Pieter Both are taller. It is named Le Pouce because of the thumb-shaped peak of the mountain. It can be viewed from the capital of Mauritius, Port Louis, and is a popular hike for the view of the city. The mountain is in the Moka Range and is closest to the village of La Laura-Malenga in the Moka District. Charles Darwin ascended the mountain on 2 May 1836.Natural featuresThe Mascarene Islands, the island chain that Mauritius lies in, is a volcanic belt. Le Pouce is the second highest peak in the Moka Range, which was formed ten million years ago from volcano eruptions. The range is a basalt lava dome and is no longer volcanically active.Le Pouce is overgrown with guava and acacia, which are not native to the area. One example of flora endemic to Le Pouce is Pandanus pseudomontanus commonly known as Le Pouce Mountain Screwpine. This plant is not officially listed on the IUCN Red List, but IUCN has potentially assessed it as critically endangered. The only individuals of this species are two plants in the Le Pouce Mountain Nature Reserve. Since both of these are male plants, the species is at "extremely high risk of extinction'.
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  • Nice walk in nature with great views, sometimes 360°! Even in summer, the heat wasn't that bad as this mountain is well situated for the soft nice breeze.  more »
  • There are two ways to go up the mountain - from the north Port Louis, or south Moka. We drove down from the north so we took the north route. Apparently it is a harder option as it takes longer time a...  more »
  • Currently spending my last few hours at La Suffren hotel and thought I would finish this trip with a review. The hotel is ideally situated if working within Port Louis and more catered for buisness tr...  more »