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Seeing Jamaica's endemic birds
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Photographing Jamaican endemic herptiles
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Exploring the contrasts at Portland Ridge
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Walking in Cockpit Country's karstic environment
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Enjoying the lush forests in the Blue Mountains

Discover Jamaica

Feb 28 - Mar 07, 2020

9 days | Jamaica | Quest Nature Tours

Jamaica is an ideal entry point to discovering the flora and fauna of Tropical America. As a Caribbean island, it has its own special flavour, punctuated by many endemic species found nowhere else. In fact, its 28 endemic bird species are the most of any island in the West Indies.

A big reason for Jamaica’s ecological richness is the multitude of habitats born from an impressive mix of altitude, topography and climatic influences. We have specially designed this tour to include a broad range of Jamaica’s most unique habitats, including lowland rainforest, wooded foothills, moist cloud forest, dry lowland forest, arid scrub, coastal mangrove lagoons, and freshwater wetlands. Covering such diverse terrain means we will develop a keen sense of the Jamaica’s natural history as a whole, while giving ourselves great opportunities to observe its signature species.

The colourful Jamaican Tody, Black-billed and Yellow-billed Parrots, Jamaican Woodpecker, Arrow-headed Warbler and Jamaican Oriole are some of the island’s 28 endemic birds that we’ll pursue. Expect also to encounter many North American breeding songbirds, including numerous of the familiar wood-warblers that migrate through and (for many species) breed in Ontario. Endemic plants such as the Thatch Palm and various reptiles and frogs are also part of the cast of tropical flora and fauna.

Accompanying this tour is Ann Haynes-Sutton – Jamaica’s foremost naturalist and leading ecologist and conservationist. Join us for this special small-group tour that promises an intimate and eye-opening view of this Caribbean gem!
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$3320 (Incl. US$225 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
9 - 12 participants
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What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy in hotel listed, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation, activities as described in the detailed itinerary, park entrance fees , airport transfers if travelling as per the recommended group flight itinerary, meals as described in the itinerary, services of a local Jamaican naturalist leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$225 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Kingston
2Port Royal and Palisades, to Port Antonio
3Ecclesdown Road and Port Antonio
4Transfer to Blue Mountains, Hardwar Gap
5To Marshall’s Pen via Portland Ridge
6Black River
7Cockpit Country
8To Montego Bay, Rocklands Bird Sanctuary
9Depart Montego Bay
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Your Tour Leaders

Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum, and participates in research around the world. Chris has led many previous Quest trips, including several to Africa.

Ann Haynes-Sutton is a conservation ecologist who has spent her working life in Jamaica. She is the senior author of “A photographic guide to the birds of Jamaica” published by Princeton University in 2009, and has been leading bird and natural history tours in Jamaica and other islands for many years.

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Quest Nature Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$3320 (Incl. US$225 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
9 - 12 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy in hotel listed, gratuities for services provided by Quest, ground transportation, activities as described in the detailed itinerary, park entrance fees , airport transfers if travelling as per the recommended group flight itinerary, meals as described in the itinerary, services of a local Jamaican naturalist leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$225 are included.

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