My friends and I stayed at the RIU Ocho Rios from Nov 25 - Dec 3 for our friends' wedding. Before we left for the trip, I did a little research on things to do in Ocho Rios and I found the wilderness ATV tours site here on tripadvisor. I was impressed by the site and it sounded like something our group of friends would really enjoy. From the reviews I had read, it sounded like a pretty wild ride on rough terrain.
I emailed the tour group to see if they were available to take 8 of us together on the tour and to see if they could arrange transportation for us. (this tour was not available through our hotel) "NO PROBLEM MON!!" Marie took care of all my questions and concerns, and gave me the contact info for when we arrived in Jamaica. When we did arrive in Jamaica, I called the cell # Marie gave to me and I spoke with a very accomodating gentleman named Niel. He arranged for a van to bring us there and back and to Dunns River Falls (we opted for the tour package that includes the Falls - SOOOOO worth it!!!!) and back at no extra cost to us (we made sure to leave a generous tip for them at the end). I happened to mention in one of my emails to Marie, that the bride and groom would be coming with us on the tour. At the end of the 4 wheeler tour, they surprised us and cracked open a couple of bottles of wine for them. It was not at all expected but soooooo appreciated that they actually acknowledged them and gave their congratulations. I couldn't believe HOW nice and accomodating these people are!! This tour was not offered at our hotel, so I am really glad I found it on this site!!
We first got a briefing on the machines we were riding from Chris and the other guides, then they put us on them and observed our driving in the parking lot to see if we paid attention and to correct anything we were doing wrong. After we were OK'd to go, away we went, single file (ladies first of course) up the mountain. There was a tour guide in the front leading us and one in the very back incase of any problems. A beautiful and scenic ride, but ROUGH riding none the less. (My triceps were killing me for about a week after that!!) They do not putt along up the mountain and over the bumps, when there was the opportunity to drive really fast, they took it!!!!! We were laughing and smiling the entire time. There were even a few mud puddles due to the rain, (you could go around them, but not us) we went FLYING through them so it would soak the person behind you!!! It was SOOOOOOOO fun!! The groom was right behind me, and he got COVERED in mud!! At the top of the mountain, we got off our machines and the leading guide (I'm sorry I forgot his name) brought us to a bar and gave us each a pepsi. There he told us a little of the history and geography of Ocho Rios. Verry interesting facts and a VERY funny guide!! He showed us some of the plant life around the building too (the one that looks like a "female" hahaha). After our little rest we went back down the mountain, as fast and as furious as the way up!! Surprisingly, we all made it back in one piece, unharmed (except the cactus that I walked into, those things don't move for you, you know!! Haha).
We had the wine that they so generously arranged for us, then our awesome van driver took us and Chris (our Falls guide) to the falls and waited for us there until we were done. Chris asked us if we wanted a guide to physically assist us up the falls (they have them available at the falls) but feeling adventurous, we opted to climb it ourselves. Chris gave us a quick briefing on the falls, took our cameras for us, and away we went!! He climbed up the falls beside us on land to give us guidance if we got nervous or stuck. He would stop us and pose us in the most picturesqe spots and he got a lot of really awesome pictures with our cameras!!! What an exhillerating climb!! We were all really happy we did the tour and it was TOTALLY worth every cent! It was $60 without the falls or $80 with the falls. The extra $20 was a minamal cost to go to the falls. The memories we have from that tour alone are priceless! BIG UP!! to all of the wonderful, nice and accomodating people at Wilderness tours!! Thank You so much for making the tour SO great! "Everyting was irie"
Much Love From CANADA!!!
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