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Tobago Forest Reserve

11. 280638, -60. 585973, Tobago
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Ranked #2 of 63 attractions in Tobago
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Forests, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Established in 1763 to combat European deforestation of the island, this was the Western Hemisphere's first forest reserve.
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

After some research on the Internet I decided to contact the recommended guide Peter Cox to enquire about a bird watching tour. He was quick to respond and suggested he could pick me up from our rented villa at 6am the following day. I was a bit reluctant to start so early, but decided to be brave. He arrived punctually... More

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Sussex, England
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78 reviews 78 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Gilpin Trace is an easily accessible trail in the Forest Reserve. Guides are available - and even a chap who hires out gumboots - but it's easy to do it on your own if you prefer. The main reason for visiting will be for bird watching. Many interesting species are there including the collared trogon, blue backed mannekin, red-legged honeyeater,... More

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Nutley, New Jersey
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175 reviews 175 reviews
99 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This was a beautiful tour of Tobago with Junior Thomas of Unique Tours. We had an interesting walking tour of the Gilpin Trace that was with just another couple. Junior provided comfortable tranportation and rubber boots for the mud. He was knowlegable about the plants, trees, history, insects and birds.At his home, we viewed hummingbirds. It was a memorable first... More

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London, United Kingdom
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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

We arranged to meet Darlington Chance (listed in Lonely Planet) a registered guide at Gilpin Trace and then spent an amazing three and a half hours walking through the Forest with Darlington picking out tiny insects and picked out a trap door spider. He knew all the trees and plants and what was nesting in them as well as finding... More

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Uppsala, Sweden
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113 reviews 113 reviews
66 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Beautiful rainforest. One of the oldest rainforest reserves in the world, crossed by a road. Well worth the trip. Parrots, leaf-cutting ants, colibris, muddy paths and wonderful plants. Bring a guide!

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Brussels, Belgium
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

It is a small forest in a small island, but well preserved and managed. We had the chance to see fantastic birds and unique views of the sea from the top of the mountains.

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Basel, Switzerland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

you need gumboots and then you can enjoy the walk through the forest. If you are lucky, you will see a lot of birds. I recommend this to every body!!

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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We booked a tour with Newton for the reserve and was collected from Coco Reef promptly at 06.00 am and returned at 13.30. To describe him as passionate about birds doesn't really do him justice. He is absolutely determined that you see everything that the island has to offer. I think if you have no more than a passing interest... More

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Lake District
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We drove up and were quickly accosted by a local guide, which probably wasn't the best way of doing things but worked out well. The waterfalls and plant life were great and our guide was outstanding - reaching in to tree trunks and pulling out snakes etc.! In fact - because he knew we were heading to Charlotteville afterwards he... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We had the day to spend off our cruise ship in Tobago. Tour guide Junior Thomas of Unique Tours met us at our ship and accommodated our very ambitious itinerary, starting with a hike in the rain forest. This was a beautiful day with a knowledgeable and very likeable guide. Tobago is stunning and I plan to return there for... More

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