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River Rafting on the Martha Brae

Duration: Half Day

River Rafting on the Martha Brae

If you are looking for an unforgettable eco adventure during your holiday in Jamaica, river rafting on the legendary Martha Brae River will give you the perfect opportunity to get close to nature whilst learning about the colourful folklore of the region. Relax both your mind and body on this enchanting journey in paradise.

Flowing out of the Cockpit Country and down to the sea at Falmouth, Martha Brae River is one of the most scenic and well-known waterways in Jamaica. The best way to appreciate its natural beauty and abundant wildlife is to take a leisurely rafting trip down the river, guided by an experienced “captain”. After being welcomed with a Jamaican rum punch, you will board a 30ft carved bamboo raft for two people.

Sit back and marvel at the captivating, unspoilt scenery as you float gently past river banks covered with dense tropical forest and other exotic vegetation such as giant mango, breadfruit, and calabash trees. This tranquil ecosystem offers one of the best places for nature watching in Jamaica as hundreds of wildlife species can be spotted both above and below the water. Your guide will teach you all about the native flora and fauna as you glide down the river, but you will be able to stop on the way to explore the riverbanks. Both children and adults will have fun on the Tarzan Swing at Tarzan’s Corner, or why not enjoy a relaxing swim in the cool river waters.

Aside from its natural beauty, Martha Brae is steeped in legends and history which will be revealed on your journey. 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 folklore, 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 vanished. The Spaniards fearfully 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 reputedly a misunderstood English translation of the original Spanish word “Matibereon”.

This three-mile river trip lasts approximately 90 minutes, starting and ending at the Rafter's Village in Trelawny, which is set in six acres of beautifully-landscaped gardens. Here you can shops for local handicrafts, enjoy a picnic lunch or swim in the pool. This memorable experience will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your Caribbean holiday.

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