Jamaica tour, Jamaica Discovery
Alongside tropical beaches, delicious food and fabulous music, discover the Jamaica of wondrous mountains and forests, woven with striking colonial heritage.
Montego Bay YS Falls Black River wetlands Cockpit Country Maroon settlements Spanish Town Kingston Blue Mountains Sugar cane and tropical fruit plantations Port Antonio Dunn's River waterfall Slave heritage Local markets and traditional food
£2515 excluding flights
Description of Jamaica tour, Jamaica Discovery
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetOur guides will brief travelers 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 travelers. This has much less impact when traveling 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 Travelers 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.