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“Six of January”
Review of Accompong Village

Accompong Village
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Private Day Trip to the Maroon Village Celebration from Montego Bay and Grand...
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

First if u cannot handle a long walk this is not the place for u to go on the six of January. This is Maroon Christmas. Lots of people from near and far. Parking in the town is impossible if you don't arrive early. There is lots of drinking, eating, music, crafts and cultural activities. A must see.

4  Thank patricia j
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Out in the woods - - also, if you like to hike, go into CockPit Country. That is a hike for the experienced hiker

2  Thank James P
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We went to accompong to visit the maroons village hoping in an educative and interesting off-the-beaten path experience for my daughter (we had a great experience with a tribe village in Zimbabwe and was hoping in something similar).

The panoramas were nice on the drive there, quite wild and untouched nature.

Our guide said it correctly: with the maroons you either are God or Food.... we were food... meaning they tried to take us for all our money (unsuccessfully). Beyond the fact that they could barely remember their own names as they were high and drunk (they smoked weed and drunk rum for the entire time we were there), they were not able to really give a tour or explain anything interesting.

We paid $40 for the tour and $20 to see a spiritualist who washed his face in rum and then told us to stand in a corner, scribbled on a peace of paper and said we all needed protection and that would cost $150. I said no thank you but he insisted until our guide stepped in between and we moved on. The tour of the village consisted of standing on a square and being told that the 5 key differences between the Maroons and the rest of jamaica were 1) they have a square drum not a round one 2) if you are a murderer you are taken back to jamaica, don't think you'd find hospitality there 3) they have a square drum 4) they have a square drum and 5) he didn't remember. But then he wanted to sell us some home made jewelry just in case we had some money to spare.... All together 30 minutes.... after a 2 hrs drive to get there. Not worth it. The roaring river was better.

6  Thank nadia2323
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

When you visit Jamaica, you think of visiting the beach, Dunns River Falls, Black River, Appleton Rum Distillery and so on. But one can tend to forget that Jamaica is steeped in a rich, Afro-Caribbean heritage. Visiting Accompong Village was a very eye opening and enlightening experience. There was so much to learn when I visited and I had no clue that there was so much historical richness in this one section of Jamaica. We had a chance to spend time with the locals and eat/drink local fare. Most tourists don't get an opportunity such as this and I personally recommend visiting Accompong Village. Our tour guide was Sheldon and he was very informative. There were many stories to hear about the evolution of the people, village; from where they came and how it has effected their current lives. Every year, Accompong Village hosts a huge celebration in January. That would be a good time of the year and opportunity to visit.

4  Thank nkh80
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

A guided tour based mainly on plants and their use revealed nothing that I haven't come across elswhere. However, I suppose few other villages offer guides in the way that Accompong does, so tourists may well find this interesting. The scenery to and in the village is quite spectacular, and very different from that of The Blue Mountains
The attraction of Accompong for me has always been George, a laid back guy, inventor and maker of the unique Gumbay drum. He is well worth spending some time with.

2  Thank JAsoldier
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