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Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios Jamaica

Have you ever gone bobsledding? Was it in a forest? We don't think so. Rated on TripAdvisor as one of the top attractions in Ocho Rios Jamaica, come and experience the exhilarating bobsled ride down Jamaica's famed Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios. At Rainforest Adventures, we include the SkyExplorer ride, canopy zip lines, Mystic Waterslide and infinity edge pool and more for your amazing rain forest excursion. Enjoy a spectacular lunch at our restaurant overlooking the bay of Ocho Rios.

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St. Lucia Rainforest Excursions

Get an unparalleled St. Lucia vacation tour at Rainforest Adventures. Learn more about the rain forest aboard the rainforest aerial tram, combined with tranopy zip line tours for the best way to discover the rainforest. Try our famous Adreanaline and the AdrenaLUNA - the most exciting zip lines in the Caribbean. Trek through the hiking trails while you go bird watching and more!

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Costa Rica Atlantic, close to the Limon and San Jose Areas

Take a travel to Costa Rica and have a tour to Rainforest Adventures park and find great experiences and exciting attractions and things to do in Costa Rica's Atlantic side. From the first-ever aerial tram built over an expansive private nature reserve on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. Complete with exotic birds’ flight path, and thrilling zip line tours. Awardwinning bird watching attracts bird enthusiasts from all around the world.

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Costa Rica Pacific Park, close to Jaco Beach

Come travel to Costa Rica and have an exciting park excursion at Rainforest Adventures in the Pacific side of Costa Rica. Enjoy the natural wonders of our ecotourism on the most enticing of all the Costa Rica Pacific attractions and excursions. Ride the rainforest aerial tram, or for an up-close and personal adventure try our thrilling zip line tour. Marvel the wonderful species of birds with our Costa Rica bird watching tours and take a look at different species of snakes and reptiles in the Serpentarium.

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Panama Excursions - Panama Canal and City Tours

Come travel to Panama, a country where the concept of exotic begins in its name in our Indigenous language, Abundance of... fish and butterflies; and it's true, as visitors will quickly discover for themselves. Youll find an abundance of wildlife in Panamas many national parks, an abundance of white sand beaches, hundreds of islands, more banks and shops than you would have dreamed possible, the Panama Canal, the rich history of Panama City, and of course, a fantastic quantity of fresh seafood, including fish.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Receives the Best Attraction Award from The Gleamer's Hospitality Jamaica Awards

Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain (Ocho Rios) was chosen as the recipient of the Jamaica’s Best Attraction during the Hospitality Jamaica Awards. Among the nominees for the category are Dolphin Cove and Chukka.


The Gleaner’s Hospitality Jamaica is the country’s sole tourism trade publication. And to celebrate their 10th anniversary, they held an awards function Saturday evening (Oct. 25, 2014) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.

The Hospitality Jamaica Awards is well-known as the Oscars of Jamaica’s tourism sector. Staged by the Gleaner, this ceremony was established to honour the best of Jamaica’s tourism offerings. In collaboration with platinum sponsors, the Jamaica Tourist Board, this function features the nation’s significant contributors to the tourist industry.

The Gleaner’s Managing Director, Christopher Barnes quoted that 2014 is a good year for the Gleaner, and everyone that support the publication contributes an important element for sustainability of the [tourism] industry. He also hailed the 30 nominees in various categories as among the best of Jamaica, whether they emerge winners of the awards or not.

The ceremony also awards Dr. Cecil Cornwall, the founder of the Western Hospitality Institute, as the inaugural Hospitality Personality of the Year, in which he quoted that this award means the world to him. “It’s the icing on the cake,” he added.

The winners for the categories are as follows:
  • Jamaica’s Best Eco/Sustainable Hotel – Half Moon Hotel
  • Jamaica’s Best Transportation Company – Island Car Rentals
  • Jamaica’s Best Convention Facility – Montego Bay Convention Centre
  • Jamaica’s Best Purveyor – Rainforest Seafoods
  •  Jamaica’s Best Attraction – Mystic Mountain
  • Jamaica’s Best Small/Boutique Hotel – Rondell Village
  • Jamaica’s Best Cuisine – Round Hill Hotel
  • Jamaica’s Best in Entertainment – Riu Hotel
  •  Jamaica’s Best European Plan Hotel – Half Moon Hotel
  •  Jamaica’s Best All - Inclusive – Iberostar
Source: Jamaica Gleaner - Jamaica’s Best Honoured At Hospitality Jamaica Awards »

About Us: Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Jamaica

The Rainforest Adventures park at Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios is the heart and soul of the Jamaica rain forest activities! You’ll have ample opportunities to put on your explorer’s hat and take your camera on a photo safari — this park takes you all the way from the seashore to 700 feet above sea level at the top of the mountain, stretching over 100 acres. This is one rain forest tour in Jamaica that will give your memory chip a workout it won’t soon forget!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Cultural Pursuits in Panama

Panama’s Top Cultural Pursuits

It has always been interesting to get accustomed to a place’s culture. Probably it’s human nature that as a certain place captures one’s heart, that heart will be more eager and hungry to delve deeper into that place’s know-hows. The arts, musics, dances, and the people’s way of life living in a particular area still remain as a topic of interest for most people now. It’s just like an appetizer that introduces and prepares you to a more substantial meaning of existence.

Did you know that the largest city in Panama, Panama City, was declared as the “American Capital of Culture” in 2003? In fact, visiting here without exploring its cultural perspectives would be a vacation wasted. There are merely a hundred ways to spend your cultural quest make the best out of your Panama City tours, and here’s how:

1. Drop by at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC)


This is said to be the only contemporary art museum in Panama that displays not just the country’s best works of art but also those of Latin America as well. Let the masterpieces like ink drawings, oil paintings, and ceramic works speak the Latin American voice straightly to your soul. This art edifice at situated at the bottom of the popular Ancon Hill and features the genius works of the commended artists from Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, and all other Latin American nations. Don’t hesitate in coming, for venturing a museum is never boring and worthless for those who have the heart for art. (Source)

2. Come and celebrate the Panama Carnival

Of all the Panamanian events and parties, the Panama Carnival is considered to be the superior of them all. Hordes of tourists and locals gather together every start of spring to partake in one of the world’s biggest festivals. What does this festival has to offer? Well, a fusion of national dances, music, traditional costumes, and an overflow of local cuisines will warmly welcome you at the start of the spring season. Come and have fun while learning at Via España, the main avenue at the country and experience yourself the best of all Panamanian festivals.

3. Spend the night at Panama City Folkloric Night-show and Dinner

If you are seeking for an awesome production incorporating the colorful culture and tradition of Panama, then come and get entertained at Panama City Folkloric Nightshow and Dinner. Witness the brilliance of Panamanian skills, wisdom, and elegance as performers teach you the way to their culture and life through a variety of music and dances. While having satisfaction with your eyes, why not have satisfaction for your appetites as well? Here you can also taste the best of Panamanian dinner offered in your own comfort.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Celebrate With Rainforest Adventures on our 20th Anniversary this 2014!

Rainforest Adventures - 20 years of Sustainable Eco-Tourism

With an eventful 2013 behind us, it’s time to focus on 2014. Our Rainforest Adventures operations continue to expand with new features, renovations, and staff. Currently having 4 key park locations (2 in Costa Rica, 1 in St. Lucia and Jamaica) and a tour excursion in Panama, this year marks the 20th anniversary of Rainforest Adventures. And we are so excited for the years of adventure ahead of us.

Founded in the year 1994, Rainforest Adventures has been very busy focusing on our adventure parks, but that hasn’t taken any of the spotlight of the eco-systems we are protecting. 2013 was a great year for our conservation efforts; we worked to protect migrant bird habitats through the Caribbean and launched two new hiking trails through private protected areas.

Staff Spotlight: Kevin Shank

Safety in Canopy Zip Line Tours
Kevin Shank has been with Rainforest Adventures since 2008. As the Director of Operations, Kevin is Responsible for the course design, safety, and sustainability efforts of each of the Rainforest Adventures parks. On the average, Rainforest Adventures welcomes over 290,000 guests each year, so Kevin is one busy guy.

Kevin has pioneered many industry-leading safety improvements while he has been with Rainforest Adventures, which include: a T-bar zip line handle for increased control; redundant double pulley systems; and safety lines attached to all high-ropes participates.

2013 TripAdvisor Awards:

TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence
Thanks TripAdvisor for the great awards this year! We are happy to announce that three of our parks won prestigious certificates of excellence. We couldn’t have done it without our all-star staff and guests like you!

What’s going on in the Rainforest Adventures Parks?

Costa Rica

This year’s feature animal is the Costa Rican Tapir. These distinctive animals can only be found in Central and South America. Ranging from 300 to 700 pounds, these browsing animals walk around the jungles of Costa Rica, looking for foliage to snack on.

Costa Rican Tapir

If you’re heading to Costa Rica this year, make sure you ask our guides (either within our Atlantic or Pacific park) about any recent Tapir sightings.

Jamaica

Jamaica Bobsled

Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Jamaica celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2013, and has unveiled a new half-mile hiking trail through the park.

The whole country of Jamaica was delighted to see the Jamaican athletes compete in the Olympic Games in Sochi. 2014 marks the first year since 1988 that the Jamaican team participated in the bobsleigh event. Being inspired by this sport, you can head down to Jamaica and try bobsled experience in the tropical jungles of Jamaica within Mystic Mountain.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia Jaquot Trail

After winning the 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the team at Rainforest Adventures St. Lucia is looking forward to an even better 2014.

The Jacquot Trail Hike, named after St. Lucia’s proud symbol, the Jacquot Parrot, is proving to be one of the most popular attractions of 2014. This interpretative hike takes guests through St. Lucia’s rainforest to marvel at the diversity and beauty of the natural surroundings.

Panama

Panama Excursions

The Panama Canal was officially opened on August 15, 1914. That means that this year, the Panama Canal is 100 years old!

This historic site is being expanded this year with construction due to be completed in early 2015. Make sure you come down this year to see the original on one of our Colonial Panama and Miraflores Locks tours.

What’s next?

Rainforest Adventures continues to strive for excellence in tourism, hospitality and sustainability throughout our operations. Thanks to everyone who made 2013 fantastic and here’s looking forward to an amazing 2014!

Thanks everyone and see you soon!

Sincerely,

Annika Bratt
Vice President of Sales

About Rainforest Adventures

With tour operations in Panama and award winning, adrenaline-inducing adventure parks located in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), Saint Lucia, and Jamaica, Rainforest Adventures locations serve as ecotourism attractions, nature reserves and wildlife refuges. Since 1994, the company has been combining unique rainforest adventures such as aerial trams, bobsleds and zip line rides, with exceptional, multi-lingual naturalist guides, giving each guest an educational, adventurous, sustainable and unforgettable rainforest experience. For more information, visit www.rainforestadventure.com

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sustainability in 20 Years of Operations

Rainforest Adventures treads lightly, leaves sustainable mark, over two decades of operations

Rainforest Adventures Sustainable Ecotourism

This year marks the 20th anniversary of operations for Rainforest Adventures, who opened their first park in Costa Rica in 1994, and have since gone on to create one of the world’s most recognized sustainable adventure park companies, with current operations in four countries and plans for expansion.

With two parks in Costa Rica, Rainforest Adventures has undertaken a number of initiatives to help protect the environment, engage with local residents, and educate guests on the importance of sustainability practices. And, many of these initiatives started during to construction of the first park, Costa Rica Atlantic, in 1994. According to the Rainforest Alliance, Earth University and Costa Rican Tourism Institute, these two parks are the model for best practices in the world when it comes to sustainable development and operations.

“When we decided to build our first park in Costa Rica, we had two choices: cut down trees to build our aerial tram experience, or find a way to preserve the pristine environment,” says Joaquín von der Goltz, president of Rainforest Adventures. “While it was complicated and expensive to construct the aerial tram without removing trees, for me, the decision was easy – we had to protect the rainforest. Otherwise, why build a park to help educate visitors on the importance of rainforest conservation?”

Costa Rica Aerial Tram
The Aerial Tram lift in Costa Rica.

During the construction of the Costa Rica Atlantic park, local loggers were hired to help with the erection of the aerial tram lift. Rather than cut down part of the 1,200-acre rainforest in order to create a lift-line (much like a chairlift at a ski resort), the tram was completed without cutting down a single tree! By using helicopters to construct the tram (and, in turn, all future trams at the other parks), the result was an untouched rainforest environment, where guests could travel at canopy level, and view the flora and fauna in an in-depth, immersive experience.

This initial commitment to sustainability continues to present day. All park locations and operations in Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, and St Lucia have on-going practices in place to reduce the impact on the environment on a day-to-day basis, including park-wide environmental management systems and an extensive recycling program for both guests and staff. The environmental management system includes:
  • an energy savings plan where all electricity is measured and reduced whenever possible, thereby reducing the reliance on bio-diesel;
  • a management plan for liquid and solid waste generated in parks;
  • a water saving plan that involves water-saving taps, urinals and toilets;
  • and a response plan for the care and management of potential spills.

The recycling program for guests and local teams includes international signage to help identify the correct containers for plastic, metal, glass, paper, compostable and non-recyclable waste.

In addition to these programs, Rainforest Adventures has a commitment to buying local, and encouraging their guests to do the same. The parks have an agreement with local artisans in which they are invited to showcase their crafts for sale to guests. And, more than 95 per cent of food and beverage available for park guests is derived from local products produced by local farmers.

Rainforest Adventures Gift Shop
The Rainforest Adventures Gift Shop, which showcases crafts for sale made by the locals.

With a focus on social sustainability, Rainforest Adventures employs more than 500 local, multilingual guides at their parks. Each guide adds depth and colour to the visitor experience by sharing insider information about the region’s rainforests, native plants and animals and about local customs, cultures and traditions.

Rainforest Adventures is committed to minimizing their overall impact on the environment, while encouraging their guests to take the in-park methods and apply them at home. Parks feature education centres where guests can learn about conservation and the importance of preserving the world’s natural resources. Understanding that youth are future policymakers, Rainforest Adventures pays special attention to this demographic by offering a number of all-age, family-centric experiences, activities and exhibitions that are designed to empower and educate youth about the environment.

And, with the commitment to sustainability, government and NGOs have taken notice. Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific has been recognized for its sustainability by the country’s government, earning an Ecological Flag, a Blue Flag, a Decree of National Interest for the Republic of Costa Rica and Certification for Sustainable Tourism. Both Costa Rica parks were verified by the Rainforest Alliance– a standard recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council – achieving the highest rating possible. In 2012, EARTH University officially certified the Costa Rica Atlantic park as carbon neutral, Costa Rica’s first tour operation to receive a carbon neutral title.

For more information about Rainforest Adventures, visit www.rainforestadventure.com

About Rainforest Adventures

With tour operations in Panama and award winning, adrenaline-inducing adventure parks located in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), Saint Lucia, and Jamaica, Rainforest Adventures locations serve as ecotourism attractions, nature reserves and wildlife refuges. Since 1994, the company has been combining unique rainforest adventures such as aerial trams, bobsleds and zip line rides, with exceptional, multi-lingual naturalist guides, giving each guest an educational, adventurous, sustainable and unforgettable rainforest experience. For more information, visit www.rainforestadventure.com

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Our Costa Rica Zip Lines Contribute to Sustainable Alternative to Deforestation

Our zip lines in our Costa Rica parks are featured on The Travel Word through the article of Ethan Gelber, as being an alternative to deforestation. This article is the next in a series of portraits, long and short, of some of the people Ethan met and places he visited during a recent trip to Costa Rica. The subjects were chosen as noteworthy examples of Costa Rica’s distinct pura vida.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

Rainforests deserve all the positive notice they can get, even including when seen from zip lines in Costa Rica suspended between towering first-growth trees.

Rainforest Adventures Atlantic park zip line
At the Rainforest Adventures Atlantic park, one zip line spans the Corinto River, Costa Rica. The nearer platform is anchored to a large campano tree (Ilex skutchii)

That might seem like an odd logical leap, but at a time when global discussions about climate change are shifting (at last) away from whether we are speeding toward an imminent dangerous planetary tipping point to when we might no longer be able to undo the damage done, all efforts to conserve existing forests, regenerate degraded lands and develop sustainable agro-forestry systems merit a closer look.

This is especially true in places like Costa Rica, where a welcome combination of business innovation and prescient government policy has allowed eco-minded adventure enterprises to take root and flourish.

A Zip Line Lifeline

One notable alternative land-use practice in Costa Rica is adventure parks. The best of them place a huge priority on a well-preserved environment so that visitors can experience and learn about tropical ecosystems in their full glory. Wrapped in nature’s rich embrace, a wide variety of activities go on in some parks, such as river rafting, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, rappelling/abseiling, bird watching and even waterfall climbing. There may even be butterfly or snake exhibitions, and specialized gardens showcasing interesting endemic plant species, like heliconias and bromelias. But one of the most popular new diversions is zip lines, usually as part of a canopy tour.

Costa Rica Zip Line
The zip line at the Rainforest Adventures Atlantic Park in Costa Rica includes many safety features, including a double cable, chest harness and proprietary braking system that eliminates the need to moderate speed by holding on to the cable.

A zip line is a suspended cable, set at an incline, along which harnessed people or supplies can slide using the force of gravity alone. While zip lines have been used for a long time as transport for to and from remote locations and over difficult terrain, they now also have found purpose in adventurous adrenaline activity.

A series of interconnected recreational zip lines running through a forest form what is now called a “canopy tour,” propelling people from one elevated position to another and allowing for thrilling close contact with treetop nature, where 70% of tropical forest life takes place, even when the whoops and hollers of thrilled participants frighten away most creatures.

Costa Rica is particularly well known for its canopy tours. There are dozens of operators, including one company that claims to have invented the sport, and courses that vault across beaches, rivers and canyons, and breeze through the heights of rain forests. The longest tours can take up to three hours to complete, allowing plenty of time for an introduction to some of Costa Rica’s most ubiquitous scream-resistant flora and fauna, like butterflies, giant iguanas, tree frogs and a wide selection of orchids.

Rainforest Adventures

Of course, not all tour operations are created equal; some have truly taken long-term sustainability to heart. One of the most ecologically enlightened of Costa Rica’s adventure parks is Rainforest Adventures, which owns two areas in the country. The first serves as a buffer zone adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park. Its 1,200-acre (475-hectare) reserve lies 28 miles (45 kilometers) from San José on the Atlantic side of the country. The second is a smaller 222-acre (90-hectare) ecotourism project near coastal Jaco, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) west of San José, with small waterfalls and views of the Pacific coast.

Costa Rica Aerial Tram
The gondolas of the aerial tram at the Rainforest Adventures Pacific park in Costa Rica hold eight people and a naturalist guide.

Both locations boast zip-line tours in addition to other activities designed to deliver a closeup taste of nature. Of special note is the 164-foot climb up a waterfall in the Pacific park and the aerial trams in both parks, the latter put in place – tram towers and cable – using helicopters so as not to cut down a single tree. The Atlantic park’s tram lasts an hour and 20 minutes and flies a distance of 1.6 miles (2.6 kilometers). In its open-air gondola, a naturalist guide accompanies up to six people through primary-forest canopy at a slow 1¼ miles per hour (2 kph), perfect for educating guests about the importance of environmental awareness. Beyond that, numerous initiatives favor buying from and hiring locals, and proactively protecting the environment in accordance with a park-wide environmental management system.

In fact, as an acknowledged model for best practices in sustainable development and operations, Rainforest Adventures could arguably claim to oversee a couple of the world’s most sustainable parks. Those in Costa Rica have been verified with the highest possible rating by Rainforest Alliance, as well as an Ecological Flag, a Blue Flag, and a Decree of National Interest from the Costa Rican government, all in addition to top (five-leaf) ratings by Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism. The Atlantic park is also Costa Rica’s first tour operation to have been certified as 100% carbon neutral by EARTH University.

“Sustainability is the cornerstone of what we do at Rainforest Adventures,” commented Nicolas Staton, the company’s general manager for Costa Rica. “It’s there in every breath we take, every guest we load onto the tram, zip line, nature walk, etc. Or every bird or animal guests see sitting in our trees eating from the fruits of the forests we are conserving. This is what we live for and is a key element to every decision we make in regards to our operation.”

Read more about Zip Lines in Costa Rica: A Sustainable Alternative to Deforestation »

About Ethan Gelber:

Ethan Gelber
In addition to his freelance travel writing (Lonely Planet author, AFAR Ambassador, Huffington Post Travel blogger and more), Ethan has agitated tirelessly for responsible/sustainable travel practices, a focus on keeping things local, and quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing. Among many other things, Ethan is a co-founder of OutBounding (a content curation tool), Destination Accelerator (education and networking for destination marketers) and EcoAdventure Media (support for eco-conscious brands), as well as a co-initiator of the Local Travel Movement (a platform for people passionate about local travel). For five years, Ethan has been Chief Communications Officer of the WHL Group, the largest local-travel company in the world, for which he founded and edits The Travel Word.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Salute to the Staffs of Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Jamaica

Mystic Mountain Bobsled Jamaica
“It is not every day that you find an establishment with this many good employees who really do live to serve the customers.”

Good deeds are golden. And genuine concern for valued customers is a thing must sought out in businesses. This is a story of a customer, Linda, at Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Jamaica and her amazing experience at the park.

She went on a tour aboard the Bobsled on the 20th of January 2014. Since she had to leave her possessions including purses and bags, as per park policy, when riding the bobsled, she has nowhere to put her phone at that time to take photos. Thus, she had her phone in between her legs upon boarding the bobsled. During the ride and after taking some photos, she held her phone tight between her legs. But on one of the turns, it slipped, and she was honestly distraught and never thought she would see her phone again.

As she had stated, the phone could be replaced. But we can agree that it was all the photos from the entire trip that were irreplaceable. Thus, during that time, it was the worst feeling to know that the photos could never be recreated again.

But, as she had told the staff of Mystic Mountain Bobsled, Linda was amazed at the concern they had shown for one person – even going through great lengths in order to help her find her lost phone. The staffs, including the manager, went to scale the whole course of the bobsled rails several times to search for the phone. Many people also came to help, to Linda’s shock. There were five guys who were talking to her. There were others who were searching while the others were helping to calm her down. And there was also a nice girl staff that also helped to look as well.

Then it came down to the moment that Linda had accepted that her phone was lost, but the staffs at Mystic Mountain offered to help recreate some of the pictures. They let Linda and her friends sit in the bobsled again to take the pictures. There were some dancers who heard about the commotion, and also helped take pictures.

The managers and the entire team of Mystic Mountain staffs were so determined and optimistic that the phone will be found. They even kept telling Linda that “in Jamaica, there are no problems, just situations.” And after some time scouring the grounds and the bobsled tracks, they had found the lost phone, and she was very grateful to have her phone back.

This concern and dedication by the staffs towards the customer helped Linda to restore her faith in humanity. Here are some of the exact words that Linda had stated in her testimonial:

“I did not realize how rough the ride would be to have the phone fly. I am beyond grateful to your staff in Jamaica for doing that. They spent a lot of time and I am sure it was miserable crawling along the trail to find it. I asked to come but they said it was against policy. In all cases they did not have to do this, you are not liable for our lost items but they went above and beyond. There are no words that I have to thank your team.

“One thing they do in the US is to have small mesh pouches inside the ride to place all lose items. I usually bring a purse or backpack but this time was told to leave everything on the bus... So I had no place to put lose items. I think having that pocket will help a lot and also save your team from having this happen.

“I am so happy to have my phone back. I am forever grateful, but I felt so bad that they had to scour the grounds. I would never want them to have to do that again.

“I would like to know if possible the person or team who found my phone to send them a proper thank you and gift.

“I did not get to go personally thank them because we met at the bottom of the hill... But the workers went on the trail in the rain to search for it.

“I would like the management to know that I would recommend this place to everyone and I am sharing this story with as many people as possible to bring more business. It is not every day that you find an establishment with this many good employees who really do live to serve the customers.

“If there is any way to find out who helped search for my phone I would like to email them directly and also send a gift as a small token of my gratitude.”

Here are some of the photos that are recreated with the help of the team:





Also check out her blog post on Live, Love, Laugh and Shop about her bobsledding experience at Mystic Mountain: “How to lose a phone... On a bobsled

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hike on the New Nature Trail at Mystic Mountain Jamaica

Lace-up your footwear and explore the natural ecosystems of Rainforest Adventures Jamaica!

Hike on the New Nature Trail at Mystic Mountain Jamaica!

Visitors can explore the unique aspects of the ecosystem and wildlife habitats from a ground-level perspective with the opening of the new hiking trail at Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

For close to two decades, Rainforest Adventures parks have elevated guests to the canopy level with their tranopy experience, showcasing the unique flora and fauna that live among the broad leaves. The new half-mile nature trail at Mystic Mountain was constructed to mark the fifth anniversary of the Jamaica park location, allowing guests to explore the park’s inhabitants.

“Our new hiking trail was created to highlight the natural beauty of Jamaica” says Annika Bratt, vice president of sales for Rainforest Adventures. “The trail showcases the biodiversity of the area and allows our guests to get up close to the wildlife habitats that we are protecting.”

Jamaica is home to more than 3,000 different species of plants and trees, making it one of the most diverse ecosystems in the Caribbean. Visitors to Mystic Mountain will be able to see different varieties of orchids, ginger lilies, anthuriums and various trees that can only be found in Jamaica. In addition to the flora, visitors will witness a variety of hummingbirds (the country’s national bird), kingfishers, lizards, and mongoose.

An excellent guided Nature Trail at Mystic Mountain Jamaica.


Dedicated to ecotourism, the team at Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Jamaica takes great care to preserve and protect the rainforest by closely observing government legislation and creating unique educational experiences to promote environmental consciousness and conserve at-risk natural resources.

In addition to the new hiking trail at Mystic Mountain, Rainforest Adventures parks in Costa Rica, St. Lucia and Mexico offer similar experiences for guests. The Costa Rica Atlantic park, opened in 1994, offers the Coronito trekking tour which travels through the park, bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park. On the western side, the Costa Rica Pacific park near the beach town of Jaco provides visitors with an authentic bird watching experience as guests walk through the rainforest. In St Lucia, visitors can explore the Jacquot Trail, a three and half hour trek through the forest. And, Hidden Worlds Mexico, which entered the Rainforest Adventures family in 2012, is set to unveil sustainability improvements this fall, including industry leading Petzl zipline equipment.

Rainforest Adventures Panama Excursions provides guests with the opportunity to explore the cultural side of the small nation through their Embera Indian Village Tour. Here, visitors travel back more than 600 years to a Central America only few have had the privilege of experiencing. More than a tourist attraction in Panama, this tour takes visitors on a journey into the lives of the Embera Indian Tribe, one of the seven living Indian cultures of the country. The Embera Indians have been able to maintain their traditions and lifestyle as it was before the Spaniards colonized the region.

About Rainforest Adventures

With tour operations in Panama and award winning, adrenaline-inducing adventure parks located in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), Saint Lucia, Jamaica and Mexico, Rainforest Adventures locations serve as ecotourism attractions, nature reserves and wildlife refuges. Since 1994, the company has been combining unique rainforest adventures such as aerial trams, bobsleds and zip line rides, with exceptional, multi-lingual naturalist guides, giving each guest an educational, adventurous, sustainable and unforgettable rainforest experience. For more information, visit www.rainforestadventure.com

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