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Jamaica

Natural wonders of an island paradise

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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 Kingston, the cultural center 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 Elania. 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. As we travel along the northern coast, we’ll hit numerous birding hotspots. 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.

 Some of the most stunning birds in the world, including the adorable Jamaican Tody.

 The wonderful coffee and stunning scenery of the Blue Mountains.

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

 Snorkeling among the corals in the warm water of the Caribbean.

Jamica Birding Tour Map

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive in Kingston in the evening. Transfer to our hotel and enjoy our first dinner together as a group. 1 night in Kingston.


Days 2-4

Explore the Blue Mountains region. We’ll look for high-elevation bird species and enjoy the lush scenery. 3 nights at a lodge in the Blue Mountains.


Days 5-6

Transfer to the northeast coast and check into our lodging in Goblin Hill. We’ll enjoy the beach, look for local birds, and spend a day birding along the world-famous Ecclesdown Road. 2 nights in Goblin Hill.


Day 7

We’ll cover a lot of ground today as we drive westward. Along the way, we’ll keep an eye out for birds and stop to peruse the local market at Ocho Rios. Our destination is Falmouth. 1 night in Falmouth.


Days 8-9

From our base near Negril, we'll spend these days birding the area. We’ll explore the Rocklands Bird Sanctuary and the Royal Palms Reserve. We’ll also learn some local history when we visit the Rose Hall Great House. 2 nights in Negril.


Day 10

Transfer to airport in Montego Bay and say our farewells.

CUSTOM TOUR

Although we don't have a scheduled tour to this destination at the moment, we may be able to offer you a custom tour.

Contact us if you're interested!


COST: TBD

START DATE: NA

DURATION: 10 days

GROUP SIZE: Up to 14

TRIP FOCUS: Birding




WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Guiding services
  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Ground and water transportation
  • All meals, except dinners
  • Excursions and park fees


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, Steve 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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