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Jamaica

Birding and Nature on an Enchanting Island

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White sandy beaches… turquoise-blue water… warm tropical breezes… all this and more await you in the island paradise of Jamaica. This enchanting island also holds a well-kept secret: it is home to no less than 28 endemic bird species. With a little luck, you should see them all on this trip!


We begin our trip in Negril, on the west end of the country. We’ll then travel into the Blue Mountains, to see the stunning scenery of Jamaica's highlands, and search for montane endemics like the Blue Mountain Vireo, the Crested Quail-Dove and the Jamaican Elaenia. We’ll also cruise the famous Ecclesdown Road, one of the best birding roads in the world. There, we should be able to find many, if not all, of the island’s endemics, including the unique and irresistible Jamaican Tody. And, of course, we’ll also take time to swim in the gentle waters of the Caribbean and enjoy the relaxed island vibe.


Tour Highlights

 The warmth and charm of the Jamaican people that we meet on our journey.

 Great chances of seeing all 29 endemic bird species on the island.

 The stunning scenery and wonderful coffee of the Blue Mountains.

 Visiting one of the few remaining “Great Houses” and learning about its haunted history.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive in Negril. Transfer to our hotel and enjoy our first dinner together as a group.


Day 2

Birding the Royal Palms Reserve, a small wetland that allows for good viewing of the rare West Indian Whistling Duck, a regional endemic. Visit more hotspots in the afternoon, to find more great birds.


Day 3

Explore the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary to search for endemic species, followed by a visit Rose Hall, a legendary (and supposedly haunted) Great House.


Days 4 and 5

Explore the Blue Mountains region. We’ll look for high-elevation bird species and enjoy the lush scenery.


Day 6

Birding on our way to the Portland Parish, what many consider the most beautiful part of Jamaica.


Day 7

From our base at the Bay View Resort, we'll venture out to bird Ecclesdown Road, one of the finest birding routes in the world. Free time in the afternoon to enjoy the beach.


Day 8

Further exploration of Ecclesdown Road on our way to Port Royal.


Day 9

Transfer to airport and say our farewells.

COST: $3,275

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $975

START DATE: Jan 12, 2023

DURATION: 9 days

GROUP SIZE: Up to 14

TRIP FOCUS: Birding




WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Guiding services
  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Ground and water transportation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Excursions and park fees


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YOUR GUIDE

A true lover of the natural world, Steve Robertson has been a student of nature his entire life. First, as a little boy, who caught every creature he could for the mini zoo he kept in the garage, then later as an adult, leading scientific research expeditions into some of the most remote regions of the world, searching for rare species in such places as Tasmania, Madagascar and the upper Amazon Basin. With degrees in Wildlife Biology, advanced biology & education, Steve has worked in the field of Environmental Education for over 30 years. From 1998 to 2017, he served as the Education Director for the Audubon Society of Portland, creating a number of innovative programs including International Ecotours, a program that has won hundreds of accolades from around the country. During his time with Audubon, Steve personally designed and led Ecotours to over 20 countries, spanning six continents.




If you love nature travel, you’re in good hands with us

How We Travel

We gauge the success of a tour on how well it was enjoyed by all. Providing a rich, rewarding experience for each individual is our top priority. Our tours generally have an easy pace so that everyone gets to experience all a region has to offer.

We create a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere that encourages tour participants to help each other in the field. Just as safety and comfort are cornerstones of our tours, so are humor and the simple joy of learning. The good cheer and camaraderie on our tours often inspire post-trip get-togethers and new, life-long friendships.

Our Focus

We’re crazy about birds, but they are only part of the story.

Our tours offer a holistic experience by taking the time to appreciate all of the animals we encounter– including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. They all interact and play vital roles in their ecosystems. We also take time on our tours to explore the plants and geology of the regions we visit.

Fostering a deeper understanding of new cultures is one of our goals. On your tour, you’ll taste exotic cuisine and hear local music. You’ll have time to peruse the market, stroll through villages, and share stories with the people you meet.

Protecting the Wild

Ecotourism is a powerful tool for protecting the wild regions of the world. For example, parts of Uganda are now devoted to the conservation of the Mountain Gorilla. Though still endangered, ecotourism has pulled this species back from the precipice of extinction.

We aim to make a positive conservation impact wherever we travel. We often use local guides and stay in small, locally-owned lodges. On every trip, we donate to a local conservation organization that works to protect a native species or ecosystem. When you travel with Wild Latitudes you are helping to protect wild places and the amazing species that call them home.

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