Walking Tour in Tobago
Duration: Half Day
Discover the natural treasures of the Caribbean during your holiday in Tobago as you take an unforgettable five-mile walk from Roxborough to Parlatuvier and Bloody Bay through the Main Ridge Forest Reserve. Located on the north-eastern side of the island, this beautiful nature reserve is reputedly the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere and is inhabited by an incredible variety of endemic wildlife species. This tour is a must for both adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.
The beautiful volcanic island of Tobago is extremely fertile and has been blessed with a rich biodiversity. A plethora of endemic and migratory species live within a wide range of ecosystems, including tropical rain forests, wetlands, mangroves and coral reefs. Much of the flora and fauna originates from South America because Tobago was once connected to the mainland, but some of the animals and plant life can be found nowhere else but here.
One of the most bio-diverse habitats on the island lies along Main Ridge, the mountainous volcanic spine of Tobago, which extends almost two thirds of the length of the island from the north east tip. This lush region is home to the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, which has been protected by law since 1776 and has previously been voted "Best Eco-destination in the World". Marvel at nature’s wonders as you hike through the rainforest with an experienced guide, who will identify all sorts of exotic trees, plants, birds, animals and insects on the way. This exciting journey of discovery is an education in itself.
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the jungle as you walk carefully under the lush green forest canopy, past beautiful waterfalls and scenic bays. Green parrots, hummingbirds and other tropical birds squawk and sing high above the treetops; red squirrels scurry hurriedly up ancient trees and insects scuttle under your feet as you pass by a huge variety of ferns, climbers, orchids and palms, as well as colourful species such as African tulip trees, pink poui trees and the beautiful flame red chaconia, the national flower of Trinidad and Tobago.
Your guide will teach you about the medicinal plants growing here, which have been used on the island and around the world for centuries. You are likely to see many butterflies, frogs, lizards and an abundance of other exotic creatures on your journey, many of which are camouflaged so look carefully. Main Ridge Forest Reserve is also a mecca for bird watchers as around 200 species can be spotted here, so don’t forget to bring your camera. No to be missed, this eye-opening eco adventure will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable trips of your Caribbean holiday.
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