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Bamboo Rafting (martha Brae)

Duration: 6 Hours

bamboo rafting (martha brae)

If you want to get close to nature during your holiday in Jamaica, river rafting on the legendary Martha Brae River will provide the perfect opportunity. Relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of this three-mile river ride in an untouched paradise.

Located near Montego Bay in Falmouth, Trelawney, Martha Brae River is one of the most scenic and well known waterways in Jamaica. Abundant with wildlife, it is also one of the best places for nature spotting. Enjoy a complimentary rum punch or fruit drink on arrival, and then sit back and marvel at the captivating scenery as you float gently down this peaceful river on a 30ft carved bamboo raft. Imagine times long ago when sugar was like gold and similar rafts transported this precious cargo to merchant ships in the harbour.

Your experienced captain will teach you all about the native flora and fauna on the riverside as you glide past dense tropical forest and other exotic vegetation such as giant mango, breadfruit, and calabash trees. Listen to the songs of the tropical birds singing in the trees and look out for many other wildlife species in this beautiful ecosystem. You can stop on the way to explore the lush tropical riverbanks, try out the Tarzan Swing at Tarzan’s Corner or take a refreshing dip in the cool river waters.

During the trip you will also learn about the intriguing folklore surrounding Martha Brae. The river allegedly takes its name from an Arawak Indian woman, who was believed to be a witch living on the banks of the River Matibereon. According to legend, Spanish treasure hunters looking for gold forced her to show them where the treasure was hidden. Rather than reveal its whereabouts, she led them into a cave and disappeared. Frightened, the Spaniards rushed out of the cave to find that the witch had used her powers to divert the course of the river towards them. The cave was flooded, the Spaniards subsequently drowned and the secret was safe. The current name of the river is a misunderstood English translation of the original Spanish word “Matibereon”.

This three-mile river journey takes approximately 90 minutes. Your tour begins and ends at the Rafter's Village in Trelawny, which is set in six acres of beautifully-landscaped gardens. Here you can browse local handicrafts in the gift shops, enjoy a picnic lunch and beverages or swim in the pool. The tour price also includes entertainment provided by the Village Mento Band. This relaxing adventure is one of the most memorable experiences you can enjoy during your Caribbean holiday.

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