Jamaica tour, Jamaica Discovery
Description of Jamaica tour, Jamaica Discovery
This small group tour lets you experience Jamaican island life in dazzling variety. Yes, there'll be time on powdery white strands, but you'll also roam lush jungles and the misty Blue Mountains, where tumbling waterfalls provide unforgettable natural pools. Visits to old plantation houses and historic towns provide memorable colonial underpinning. Add delicious local cuisine, from peanut porridge to the famed Jamaican jerk!
In the island capital Kingston, follow the trail of both Bob Marley and Pirates of the Caribbean while also discovering its colonial-era sites. Contrast the Kingston buzz with the quieter charms of towns like Black River (colourful wooden houses and picturesque fishing harbour), the lively hubbub of Brown's Town markets and the laidback charm of Port Antonio. In Accompong, meanwhile, learn about the sole remaining outpost of the so-called Maroons amid the lush forests of Cockpit Country, and the significance of their legacy to Jamaican history.
Grand waterfalls provide memorable beacons to wilderness forays, including the YS Falls and the justly celebrated Dunn's River cascade think cool natural pools where hummingbirds waft in search of tropical flower nectar. You'll also enjoy a gentle bamboo raft ride on the Rio Grande, walk Blue Mountain trails through Holywell National Park, and enjoy a safari in the Black River wetlands where crocodiles vie for attention with fish eagles.
You'll explore the South Coast by boat, and drive the hills of the North Coast through a fascinating plantation region where charming little villages jostle with so-called Great Houses where the contrast between old slave dungeons and tropical harvests reveal the fascinating depths of this Caribbean beacon.
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PlanetOur guides will brief travellers on appropriate behaviour, both cultural and environmental, and when visiting areas of natural beauty such as YS Falls, one of Jamaica's finest natural attractions and Dunn's River with one of the world's most beautiful waterfalls, we make a point of ensuring that we leave no permanent traces of our stay behind, taking all rubbish with us to protect these valuable tourist attractions.
Where appropriate and feasible we will always incorporate walking tours of cities rather than being reliant on private transportation - not only reducing our carbon footprint but we believe leading to a more enjoyable and intimate experience for our clients. Furthermore, all vehicles used on the tour have low carbon emissions. We work closely with our local suppliers to highlight best practice in terms of environmental issues. This is especially important in areas such as Accompong which is the last remaining home of the Maroons in western Jamaica.
Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.
PeopleAt the beginning of this tour clients are taken to a local market to buy ingredients for their lunch, which they cook themselves with the help of a local chef. Doing this helps support the local community, and the money remains within the country and creates a real, economic contribution.
Clients also visit a working distillery to observe how the 250-year-old process has not changed over the years. By visiting the distillery we are supporting local community and their livelihood, as well as preserving their traditions having not changed their way of doing things whilst also allowing tourists to visit. Clients also have the opportunity to purchase local souvenirs, ensuring the money is kept within the local community.
We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.
We visit Accompong, the remaining outpost in western Jamaica where the Maroons live, and their legacy makes up a significant part of Jamaican history. We get to hear about these amazing people, ensuring their legacy continues.
We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.