South of Grande Rivière Noire, the mountains draw ever closer to the seashore. There are pine woods and mangroves alongside the coast, but little in the way of habitation, beyond some tremendously poor shanty towns along the road, until you reach the fishing village of La Gaulette 8km or so later. La Gaulette boasts a couple of restaurants and a well-stocked hypermarket. The reason most people come to this locale, however, is to visit the well-known coloured earths of Chamarel, in the hills 9km east of La Gaulette. Chamarel features on approximately every tour circuit, though; you’ll find more colours and fewer people at the adversary site near Souillac, although Souillac lacks the beautiful locality.