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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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fascinating birdlife

we arranged a tour with local guide Newton George who knows all about the birdlife and makes sure his customers see as many as possible, providing binoculars and a powerful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
Rachel C
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

we arranged a tour with local guide Newton George who knows all about the birdlife and makes sure his customers see as many as possible, providing binoculars and a powerful telescope. It was a wonderful and educational experience.

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Thank Rachel C
London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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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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Thank Bryanmarbella
Oxford, United Kingdom
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171 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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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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Thank Irene L
London, United Kingdom
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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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2 Thank Golfing2000
Port of Spain, Trinidad
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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3 Thank nickhassanali
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 283 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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3 Thank dmittleman
Tobago
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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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3 Thank maggie47
Trinidad & Tobago
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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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1 Thank Lyoness29
Indianapolis, Indiana
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 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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7 Thank stephcain76
Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 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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