|Burnt Hill Nature Walk:Burnt Hill Nature Walk trail is a relaxing foray into the fringes of Cockpit Country. Burnt Hill was once a road built by the Canadians in the mid-1900’s that, due to the small amount of traffic that uses the road, is slowly finding its way back to nature. Ideal for all ages, Burnt Hill Nature Walk allows you to explore Cockpit Country at a leisurely pace. While viewing the unique geological formations of Cockpit Country visitors can keep an eye out for endangered Jamaican Yellow and Black-billed Parrots flying overhead as professionally trained guides relate traditional herbal remedies and folklore and point out many of the area’s endemic species of ferns, epiphytes and butterflies. After the hike the tour wraps up at Stewart’s Farm in Rock Spring where local chefs prepare an authentic “bush-style” meal served in Calabash dishes.|
|Bird-Watching in Cockpit Country,The Green Heart of Jamaica: Persons enthusiastic about birds love the outdoors and the crisp fresh feeling of an early morning excursion. Anenthusiastic birder that thrills to spot birds perched on a tree limb, nibbling on tropical fruits, or flying across thelandscape displaying full plumage. Here’s your opportunity to bird in Jamaica’s largest remaining contiguous rainforest. Spot 28 endemic Jamaican andCockpit Country bird species along with some migratory species while exploring the pristine hillocks weird karstformations unique to this area’s ecology. Learn about the local bird folklore and traditions.With one of our local guides you trek in the crisp early morning to the best birding sites in Cockpit Country. Engulfedby the canopy shrouded in mist and dew, pass by leafy shrubs listening to the sound of the chirping birds as theyawaken for a new day and prepare for their first meal. In quiet elegance, bird species appear on the limbs of the flowering trees in the wet limestone forest. On tip toe you take the best sighting position and await the display of plumage and the musical chirping that help to identify the species. You can hardly contain your excitement, punching the fresh air in silence to show the joy of spotting another Jamaican endemic. In quiet tones, the guide provides supporting identification information and anecdotes. The trek continues and the curiosity builds as you wonder which species will you encounter next. Oh, what a morning!Tours can be arranged every day of the week with 24-48 advance bookings. Typical minimum group size is 2 and maximum is 15. The tour length is 3 hours. The ideal start time is 6.30 am and depending on the season of the year we more accurately say the crack of dawn. We can customise the tours to suit your needs.|
Ideal Guest: The Ideal Guest loves the outdoors, appreciates the environment, and can appreciate and enjoy safe adventure. It appeals to persons 7 years and above who are not physically challenged. The excursion excites any gender and provides a mind-altering experience for the curious and intellectually endowed. The thrill of doing the excursion earns “bragging rights.”
Summary: History, adventure and awe come alive as you discover the most pristine and culturally significant little part of Jamaica. You will retrace the steps of and learn about how the Cockpit Country Maroon warriors used caves, camouflage and guerrilla warfare to defeat their British enemies. Come, explore and conquer the experience for yourself.
Experience Description: Guided by descendants of Maroons, you explore the caves of Cockpit Country, the hideouts used by Maroon warriors’ in their successful fight against the British. Journey into the dark underground caverns of the Printed Circuit cave, sculpted from weathered white limestone and exhibiting breathtaking formations and glittering reflections. Become immersed in the quiet and eerie ecology, seeing an underground fresh water pool and nocturnal animals living a peaceful and unusual existence. Walk upright past uniquely formed stalactites, stalagmites and bacon rams, occasionally crawling on your knees or wiggling through the magnificence. Listen to folklore and stories that ignite humour and awe. Feel the essence of your spirituality awaken in the meditation room. Escape reality and experience the serenity that begs you explore the world down under. Suddenly emerge, wet and muddy saying “that was real adventure and I conquered it!”.
Tour/experience details: Tours can be arranged every day of the week with 24-48 advance bookings. Typical minimum group size is 1 and maximum is 30. The tour length is 3 hours including the hike to the site and back. The ideal start time is 10 am. We can accommodate smaller groups and custom tours.