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Main Ridge Forest Reserve

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Address: Tobago
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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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A must see on the island

My top tip is go with a GOOD guide. While we stopped and watched fir birds and our excellent guide called to them others rushed by. Peter Cox is your man... has his own website. A1

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2016
Jane M
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Bideford, United Kingdom
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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1,071 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Get away from the busy airport end of the Island and explore the Main Ridge Reserve. You can drive through, take a tour or take more time and walk although it's hilly and hot but with great views and wildlife.

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Thank tezpil
Bideford, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

My top tip is go with a GOOD guide. While we stopped and watched fir birds and our excellent guide called to them others rushed by. Peter Cox is your man... has his own website. A1

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Thank Jane M
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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London, United Kingdom
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 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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206 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 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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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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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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423 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 334 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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97 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 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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1 Thank Lyoness29
Indianapolis, Indiana
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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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