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Main Ridge Forest Reserve

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Address: Tobago
Activities: Hiking, Birdwatching
Description: This mountainous rainforest covers the length of the island and is home to...
This mountainous rainforest covers the length of the island and is home to an incredible amount of biological diversity.
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Cool guided walk along the Gilpin Trail

Went with Alibaba Tours and had Jackson as highly knowledgeable guide, having been paractically been brought up in th forest.A slow, ramble, often stopping to listen to...and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Bryanmarbella
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Went with Alibaba Tours and had Jackson as highly knowledgeable guide, having been paractically been brought up in th forest.A slow, ramble, often stopping to listen to...and hopefully see, the many birds, especially the humming bitds. Take good shoes and take your time.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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146 reviews 146 reviews
19 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Don't go on large tours; these are loud and disturb the environment. we went with Peter Cox, in a very slow-paced, informative and mindful small group, to reduce environmental impact. we saw many groups of 20+ people who were not really taking anything in. ALso, the terrain is very difficult so I would not recommend this for people who are... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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188 reviews 188 reviews
122 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Hire a local guide you get so much more out of it. so beautiful its possible to hike across the island. Fantastic bird watching lots of endemics. Go back at night the fireflies are amazing 2006 2008

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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

First off, you definitely need a vehicle to get up to the Main Ridge. Secondly, you need to get there between 6 - 7 am. Once the above two are set, for any nature and wildlife photographer, it is a dream. Loads of species to photograph. No need to get into any forested trails as a lot of photos can... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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312 reviews 312 reviews
201 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A pristine environment, this forest is chock full of bird life. There are the typical Caribbean and Central American birds, but the are a few endemic species. The trails can be a bit muddy and are not roundtrip. TIP: Hire a good guide before you go (Peter Cox is a great guide). You will see far more birds as the... More 

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Tobago
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

A must-do in Tobago - the oldest rainforest reserve in the hemisphere offers some impressive views. Go with a tour guide.

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Trinidad & Tobago
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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

This is a long lovely drive through the main ridge! The air is clear and the flora is breathtaking! It's great for bikers or nature lovers. There are so many varieties of plants it's amazing! The air up here is clean and unpolluted. The temperature is also lower and cooler. A great site seeing drive!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

This is the oldest forest preserve in the Western Hemisphere, dating back to the mid 1700s. We went on a morning trip with amazing local bird expert Newton George, and we were rewarded by amazing sightings of blue-backed manikins, yellow-headed caracaras, a hummingbird on its nest, and many other lovely birds. In addition you see awe-inspiring views and get to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

My husband and I are birders and we heard about Newton George from fellow birders. We linked up with him via e-mail and were not at all disappointed. We met him at Roxborough and from there he took over the driving using his spacious and comfortable van. He is an excellent and experienced spotter and very personable. His wife packed... More 

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