Jamaica is a beautiful country, lush and green with beautiful coastal areas, rich forests that include tropical rainforests, and the highest mountain peaks in the Caribbean. There are many national parks, reserves and undeveloped country areas ripe for exploration and hiking is among the best ways to experience truly experience the abundant joys of nature to be found in the rural areas of Jamaica. The hospitable climate assures hiking comfort virtually year round and numerous the guided tours available make hiking Jamaica a vacation experience available to all hiking skill levels.
Valley Hikes, a hiking tour company operating out of Port Antonio, Jamaica, specializes in environmentally sound and culturally informative journeys into beautiful wilderness of the Rio Grande Valley, located between the Blue Mountains and the John Crow Mountains.
Because of the strong focus of Valley Hikes on mutually beneficial eco-tourism, their hikes have a local people and culture accent that many other hiking tours lack. Hikers will enjoy the amazing and varied wildlife of the tropical rainforest – including many attractions that don’t make the typical tour guidebooks, as they are only familiar to the people who really live there – and learn numerous fascinating fact from the tour guides, who are drawn from the local community. Hikers will learn local history and lore, the types of flora and fauna, the traditional uses and medicinal properties of various plants, and many other interesting facets of daily life and culture in Jamaica.
Naturally, with the appeal of such beautiful mountains, travelers to Jamaica will find that there are many hiking trails and opportunities in the general area of the John Crow Mountains and the Blue Mountains. Among these is the Fairy Glade Trail, which could be considered to be fairly challenging. Hikers will need to be able to climb tree roots and push through plant life, including ginger, which can sometimes seem rather dense. Another is the Gordon Town Trail, which passes by lovely gardens and bubbling waterfalls, and is well known for its numerous visual delights, including unusual plants and birds.
Cockpit Country Adventure Tours of Jamaica is widely recognized for the quality of their eco-tours. Cockpit Country is a part of Jamaica that is internationally known for its amazing biodiversity, which stems from its untamed – or as some would say, its untamable — wildness. In addition to its ecological fame and interest, it holds an important place in the social history of Jamaica as the place that served as headquarters to a group of former slaves were able to successfully battle the British, forcing them into submission, formalized by signed treaties, to their demands for self-rule.
Through Cockpit Country Adventure Tours, hikers will experience the true wilderness of Jamaica. They’ll see numerous exciting varieties of butterflies, many species of birds, reptiles and other creatures. Cockpit Country Adventure Tours offers unique hiking experiences and their hiking tours are sure to be enjoyed by even the most skilled hikers, as, in addition to being spectacularly scenic, some are quite physically challenging.
Hikers of all skill levels will find memorable places for hiking in Jamaica. There’s just no better way for exploring the beauty of this ecologically remarkable island.