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Kingston with a Taste of Blue Mountain

Duration: 12 Hours

kingston with a taste of blue mountain

Tired of those lazy days chilling under the Jamaican sun? Want an action-packed day away from the beaches and filled with adventures! Then come along to this full day excursion through Jamaica’s purest nature trails and discover the island’s most fascinating natural landscapes. Enjoy unique views of the famous Blue Mountains and learn about the coffee production in this fascinating region! And to top it all off we also give you a tour around the Caribbean’s most important University of the West Indies! You can then choose whether to end your day at Devon House for lunch or visit the Bob Barley Museum.

We begin our expedition by travelling up the north coast and turning inland to enjoy the rich and lush vegetation that abounds in this region. We get close to Jamaica’s most famous mountainous zone at the Blue Mountains. Enjoy the most spectacular view of these mystical mountains that pose an enchanting landscape. Shrouded by mist almost perpetually, it is this mystical fog which gives the mountains its unique bluish colour.

From here we continue to the place that makes these mountains proud; the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory. It is in this prestigious factory that the famous Blue Mountain Coffee is produced, considered to be among the best gourmet coffees in the world. Sitting on a cleft between impossible steep slopes this red-tin roofed building is where the coffee beans are left to dry in the sun. Your tour around this factory will take you through the whole process of harvesting and grinding coffee in these secluded area shaded by the mountains.

Dedicated and friendly guides will show you every step of the coffee production in this factory, from the plants at the nearby places where they grow to the final results ready to be packed and shipped. You will be explained every detail of the process and allowed as many questions as you like. At the end you’ll have the chance to taste a cup of this fine coffee. Undoubtedly this will be an excellent opportunity for coffee connoisseurs to sample a variety of roasts and to purchase a truly unique product at the end.

On we continue as we head towards Kingston with a brief stop at Jamaica’s premier educational institution. You will be given a short tour around the University of the West Indies, a place that is home to many attractions for both the student and the visitor. Learn about the university’s origins back in 1948 where it began as a College of the University of London. It managed to achieve full university status in 1962 and since then it has become the island’s most important university.

Stroll around the campus and see the Chapel with its blooming gardens, stop by the Aqueduct or pay a visit to the Geology Museum to admire all the many treasures hidden. This university certainly does have many sights to see and plenty of stories to tell.

End your day as you choose and select from two very tempting options. You can opt for a delicious lunch at Devon House, a grand mansion once home to Jamaica’s first black millionaire and now part of the island’s National Heritage Trust. Enjoy a succulent meal at this 127 year old site located at the heart of Jamaica’s capital.

Alternatively you could choose to visit the Bob Marley Museum, an incredible place boasting an incredible collection of this exceptional artist’s memorabilia, artefacts, numerous writings and many more head-turning mementos... a place where this phenomenal Rasta man’s life and achievements come to life.

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