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Nature's Wonders

Duration: Half Day

nature's wonders

The beautiful tropical island of St Lucia is renowned for its spectacular scenery, boasting lush rainforests, mountains, beaches and much more besides. This memorable tour will introduce you to the beautiful Fond D’or Nature and Historical Park, where you can discover the native flora and fauna and learn about the rich heritage and folklore of the area. This is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the history and beauty of the island.

A scenic drive through the countryside on the east coast of St. Lucia will take you along the outskirts of the rainforest to the beautiful Fond D’or National Park. Nestled in the Mabouya Valley, this tranquil nature park comprises tropical forest, mangroves, a secluded white sandy beach and endless hiking trails. As you walk through this lush tropical garden, your knowledgeable local guide will reveal fascinating facts and information about the endemic plants and trees and their medicinal properties, which have been used in Sri Lanka and around the world for centuries. Your guide will also teach you about the birds in the area, demonstrating various calls to lure them closer for visitors to observe.

Moving onwards, you can enjoy captivating views of the ocean, waterfalls, rock formations and valley. You will also see La Sorcerer (the Sorceress) Mountain, one of the highlights of the park. This magnificent natural monument is believed to possess supernatural powers and was worshipped by the native Amerindian Indians, the first settlers on the island.
Next to La Sorcerer you can also see the ‘Mabouya Man’ lying on his back in the Indian Ocean. Also worshipped by the Amerindians, he was believed to grant any favour if asked. According to legend, much of their treasure lies buried at his feet. Steeped in history, Fond D’or is an Amerindian settlement and an important archeological site.
You can gain an insight into the history and culture of these indigenous tribes at the Interpretation Centre. This historic park was later used by European sugar planters in the mid 18th century and you can see remnants of this era as you pass ancient buildings such as the cattle mill, windmill and steam engine in close proximity.

Our next stop is the quaint fishing village of Dennery. Explore the streets, which are lined with fresh fish stalls on a Saturday, and watch the local fisher folk as they go about their daily lives. We continue onwards for a 10-minute walk through the rainforest, where a knowledgeable guide will lead you through another of Mother Nature’s Wonders. Immerse yourself in the sounds, sights and smells of the jungle as your guide explains the importance of this diverse ecosystem. Abundant in wildlife, you are likely to see all sorts of plants, animals, birds and insects here.

Great for history buffs, nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts, this unique tour is a wonderful addition to your holiday in Sri Lanka.

Tip: Comfortable shoes are recommended. Not for persons who are suffering from walking disabilities.

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