Overview

Take an ecologically-conscious adventure in Jamaica where you’ll hike the famous Blue Mountains, visit stunning beaches and waterfalls, raft alongside crocodiles, experience local culture and much more – all while contributing to progressive conservation.

Highlights

ACTIVITIES 

  • Hike the famous Blue Mountains and learn about protected area management

  • Go upriver on a bamboo raft with crocodiles lining the shores

  • Hike through tropical rainforest and arrive at beaches where less tourists frequent

  • Surf the east coast with locals

  • Jump from the famous Rick’s Cafe after relaxing on famous 7 Mile Beach

NATURE

  • Waterfalls, upon waterfalls, upon waterfalls in beautiful surroundings

  • Learn about the impacts of tourism and the promise of sustainable ecotourism

  • Learn about the trees, animals, and ecological connections of Jamaica’s flora and fauna

CULTURE:

  • Experience the real contemporary culture of the countryside and in the capital of Kingston, where the art scene is rapidly expanding and the music is as good as ever

  • Enjoy jerk chicken, rice & peas, bammy bread, coco bread, festival, patties, peanut porridge, ackee and saltfish, bullas, and more

About Our Partner

Conservation Careers has teamed up with an organisation specialising in trips for environmentally-conscious adventurers. They focus on progressive conservation – the idea of doing more with less, rather than simply doing less, to tackle the problem of overconsumption. They accomplish this through environmental education, outreach, community development, and protected area funding.

“Many people hear the word conservation and think that we must conserve, or, in other words, use and do less. Overconsumption is a growing problem and there is a huge benefit in using less. This is something that our expeditions naturally highlight. However, our philosophy is that there is a big problem with doing less. We need to travel more, explore more, learn more, go faster, go farther, and push our limits. The solution then becomes not doing less, but rather doing more while using less. This is progressive conservation.”

Our partner explores all of these possibilities and more through interactive discussions and hands-on demonstrations. They talk about carbon sequestration and then see it in practice. They discuss wilderness preserves and explore their boundaries with rangers. They talk about water management and assist in river monitoring. Education and exploration go hand in hand.

As a guest you’ll take an active role in conservation, directly contributing to tropical rainforest conservation efforts. Every site you visit is part of a protected area or is affiliated with environmental research. This means that the money you pay for lodging, food, transportation, ranger guidance and excursions goes towards supporting protected areas. These areas then use the funding they receive for monitoring and patrolling within their boundaries, as well as for community development, outreach, and training.

In Jamaica your trip will help support mountain ecosystem preservation.

If you register your interest below, we’ll put you in touch with our partner to take the booking and to plan your trip!

Conservation Impact

Conservation Careers has partnered with Terra Incognita to bring you tours and adventures that meet an Ethical Code of Conduct for Ecotourism, assuring you of their commitment to wildlife and local communities.

Conservation Careers is a Founding Partner of the Ethical Ecotourism Code of Conduct, which has been generated by a global community that includes over 80 ecotourism operators, industry experts, media representatives, local and Indigenous people and tourists.

Our Conservation Travel opportunities are for people who want their travel choices to have a net positive contribution to conservation. Explore all our Conservation Travel opportunities.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Montego Bay and travel to Luminous Lagoon. Spend the night with locals in the hills of Lilliput and enjoy a nice home-cooked meal.

Day 2 & 3: Arrive at the foothills of the Blue Mountains and get into the lush, green mountainsides while learning about biodiversity, ecological connections, and conservation strategies. Stay at RafJams, a family owned eco-lodge just outside of Kingston, with stunning nature surrounding the property. Hike through the forest and spend some time on the less crowded east coast beaches, and surf if the waves permit.

Day 4: Travel to Kingston, the capital, and immerse in the center of Jamaican culture. Visit street art projects and learn about the connections between art, music, and the environment. Enjoy some of the best views and food Jamaica has to offer.

Day 5: Drive the long stretch between Kingston and St. Elizabeth Parish. Visit Breadnut Valley falls, one of the most spectacular and less known places on the island, and take a raft ride down the Black River with crocodiles never far out of sight.

Day 6: Spend the last full day relaxing on the famous 7 Mile Beach in Negril after a week of rainforest exploration. Finish off the trip with a visit to the equally famous Rick’s Cafe and see if you have the courage to jump from the cafe into the sea – 11 meters below!

Day 7: Soak up the beach during the morning before returning to Montego Bay to depart or continue the adventure on your own

Impact

  • Support local sustainable businesses

  • Ecotourism user fee contribution

  • Protected area contributions

  • Locally-sourced food

Dates & Costs

Dec 5 – 10, 2021

2 cost options:

$1400

  • Includes all in-country transport, lodging, expert guides
  • Excludes meals and excursions

$2200

  • Includes all in-country transport, lodging, expert guides, meals and excursions

    Necessities

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    • Bay/Lilliput – Richard’s home

    • Kingston – The Gardens Liguanea

    • St. Elizabeth – Rafjams

    • Negril – The Oasis

    MEAL OPTIONS

    • Three daily meals

    • Local cuisine

    • Home-cooked meals

    • Vegetarian options

    IN-COUNTRY TRANSPORT

    • Ricktours (JUTA-certified local partner driver)

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