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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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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Best Jamaica Tourism Attraction Wins Service Award

Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain - best Jamaica attraction - wins Tourism Excellence Award.
2011 Tourism Service Excellence Awards for Ocho Rios
include Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain
and our own Mike Drakulich (far right).
December 8, 2012.
Image courtesy of Jamaica Information Services.
Mystic Mountain has long been one of the top Ocho Rios tourism attractions in Jamaica. And now they have been recognized by the Jamaican Ministry of Tourism with not only the 2011 Tourism Service Excellence Award for Ocho Rios but also as the overall National Champion.

This prestigious award is presented under the Tourism Service Excellence Programme (TSEP), from the Jamaican Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) the highest accolades given in recognition of excellence in service delivery.

Geared towards promoting excellence within Jamaica's tourism industry and recognizes the efforts of those who deliver service at an exceptionally high level. Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Evelyn Smith was quoted as saying the finalists for 2011 demonstrated that service delivery is not a “one-off moment”, but rather “but moments so woven together into…their daily life and work or (that of) their organization(s), that they become one with excellence”.

We couldn’t agree more. Delivering on of the best Jamaica activities with a high degree of service is not simple. It takes the coordination of multiple internal working groups plus cooperation with our partners and stakeholders. Mystic Mountain was one of 12 finalists of Hotel and Attractions and we applaud them all for their efforts in keeping the tourism industry in Jamaica strong with high quality product.

The awards were celebrated at the Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort in Montego Bay, on Saturday December 8, 2012 with Mike Drukalich accepting the award on behalf of RainForest Adventures, Mystic Mountain.

This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Management and staff at Mystic Mountain who have consistently gone above and beyond to deliver a world class tourism product day in and day out.

Please help me in congratulating them on winning this prestigious award.

Annika Bratt
V.P. Sales and Marketing

About Rainforest Adventures at Mystic Mountain

The Rainforest Adventures park at Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios is the heart and soul of the Jamaica rain forest activities!

A must on anyone’s list of “green” things to do in Jamaica, the environmentally friendly Mystic Mountain attraction is an unforgettable rain forest adventure for everyone in your family. The rainforest tour lets you indulge in an up-close and personal visit with a fascinating ecosystem, plus it gives you the chance to let your inner thrill-seeker take charge on four exhilarating Mystic Mountain activities including the SkyExplorer, the Bobsled Ride, the Canopy Zip Line and the unique Mystic Waterslide.

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 RainforestAdventure.com »

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Guides Keep St. Lucia Tours Top Rated

Tresia Lionel - tour guide for Rainforest Adventures St. Lucia excursions, attractions, nature tours, and things to do.
Top nature tours and excursions on  St. Lucia cater to eco-adventure tourism.
Tresia Lionel is a St. Lucia tour guide who loves butterflies.
It’s about people!

Rainforest Adventures has zip lines and aerial tams and all the fun things to do in St. Lucia that you would expect on vacation.

But what really think makes our parks special are our people.

We need to acknowledge while people love the adrenaline, what makes the experience truly memorable is the connection with guides who can make the connection between the place and the animals that inhabit these special places.

Guides like Tresia Lionel are the heart of the Rainforest Adventure experience. Tresia has been in the tourism business for the past ten years and has been with us at Rainforest Adventures St. Lucia for the past six years.

And people looking for a St. Lucia nature tour and enjoy the Jacquot hike need to know that Tresia loves butterflies! And she can tell you all about them!

You can hear her passion for these magnificent insects in her voice and by her body language. And she will tell you that working at the park inspired her interest in butterflies.

We have countless butterfly species at Rainforest Adventures that you can view from the St. Lucia attractions like the aerial tram.

You can find Tresia at the park where she logs butterfly data every morning. Here are some of the she comes across on a daily basis.
  • White peacock
  • Monarch
  • Caribbean buckeye
  • Orion
  • St. Lucian Mestra
Tresia will tell you that all the park staffs have something that fascinates them like St. Lucia Bird watching or lizards or snakes but it is nice to know someone is caring about the butterflies.

Annika Bratt,
V.P. Sales and Marketing

About Rainforest Adventures St. Lucia

Situated in the highland community of Chassin in Dauphin, Rainforest Adventures is a top St Lucia excursion offering visitors a unique opportunity for full immersion in the island's vibrant rainforest life. Guests can choose to amble along different St. Lucia tours, such as eavesdropping on nature's conversations along the nature trail, soaring up and away through the forest canopy on gondolas, or thrill-seeking on a zip line, gliding from platform to platform, high on the stoic trunks of the ancient sentries of the forest.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Some of Costa Rica’s Most Common Bird Species

Bird Watching in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of the top destinations in the world when it comes to bird watching. Enthusiasts and ornithologists (those scientists who specialize in studying birds) will not be disappointed when it comes to the diversity of the bird species in Costa Rica. Although it is a small country, 894 bird species (source) have been recorded (including the Cocos Island), in which they show spectacular plumage especially to bird watching experts and avifauna enthusiasts.

Here are some of the bird species that you will commonly see in Costa Rica, especially at Rainforest Adventures (both the Atlantic and Pacific parks).

Cattle Egret

A cattle egret with its neck retracted.
The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a small white heron commonly found in pastures and roadsides. It is a white bird adorned with buff plumes in the breeding season. It nests in colonies, usually near bodies of water and often with other wading birds. The nest is a platform of sticks in trees or shrubs. It is more at home foraging in grass than in water. This species maintains a special relationship with cattle, which extends to other large grazing mammals. The cattle egret removes ticks and flies from cattle and consumes them. It also follows cattle, horses, and even tractors to catch the insects they stir up.

(More about the Cattle Egret on: All About Birds, Wikipedia)

Black Vulture

Southern American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus brasiliensis), Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
The Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), also known as the American Black Vulture, is a large soaring bird. It has broad wings with large whitish patch at tip, a short, square tail, and a black body. It has a dark-gray and wrinkled head without feathers. It flaps its wings rather frequently while it soars. The Black Vulture is mainly a scavenger, feeding on carrion. But it will occasionally eat eggs or kill newborn animals as well. Its keen eyesight helps when hunting for a meal. Otherwise, it will follow other vultures that have a more keen sense of smell. Its only vocalizations are grunts or low hisses, since it doesn’t have a syrinx (the vocal organ of birds).

(More about the Black Vulture on: All About Birds, Wikipedia)

Turkey Vulture

A flying Turkey Vulture
The sight of a large, soaring bird with its wings raised in a V-shape and making wobbly circles, is the Turkey Vulture, in which it scans the grounds detecting the gases produced by the beginnings of the process of decay in dead animals. The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion. These birds ride thermals in the sky and use their keen sense of smell to find fresh carcasses. They clean up the countryside one bite of their sharply hooked bill at a time, and never mussing a feather on their bald red heads which resembles that of a male wild turkey, thus the name, complete with its dark plumage.

(More about the Turkey Vulture on: All About Birds, Wikipedia)

Royal Tern

Royal Tern
The Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)has a red-orange bill and a black cap on the top of its head during the breeding season, but in the winter the cap becomes patchy. It lives on the coast and is only found where there is salt water. They tend to feed near the shore, close to the beach or in backwater bays, where they dive into the water from heights near 30 feet in pursuit of small fish such as anchovies, weakfish, and croakers. They usually feed alone or in groups of two or three, but on occasion they feed in large groups when hunting large schools of fish.

(More about the Royal Tern on: Wikipedia)

White-collared Swift

White-collared Swift
The White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris) is a very large swift. It is gray-black overall with blue gloss on breast and back, and a very distinct white collar. Its bill, legs and feet are black. This bird can fly strong and fast, as the rapid shallow wing beats followed with long glides. It soars on thermals and updrafts, ranging many miles daily to feed, eating insects such as beetles, bees and flying ants, which are caught in-flight. It builds a saucer nest of mud, moss and chitin, placed on cave ledges. These nests are usually found behind a waterfall. And this noisy swift has a screeching “chee-yar!” call, which may be given in chorus by a flock.

(More about the White-collared Swift on: Whatbird.com, Wikipedia)

Barn Swallow

A flying Barn Swallow
The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. With its glistening cobalt blue above and tawny below, it darts gracefully over fields, barnyards, and open water in search of flying insect prey. What sets it apart from other swallows is its deeply forked tail that streams out behind. Barn Swallows often cruise low, flying just a few inches above the ground or water. True to their name, they build their cup-shaped mud nests almost exclusively on human-made structures.

(More about the Barn Swallow on: All About Birds, Wikipedia)

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler (Vermivora peregrina) at Savegre Lodge, Costa Rica
The Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) has long wings, short tail and a thin, pointy bill. The breeding male has olive back, shoulders, rump and vent. The flight feathers are brownish-black. It has a slate gray neck, crown and eyeline. The underside is a gray-white. A dainty warbler of the Canadian boreal forest, it specializes in eating the spruce budworm. Consequently its population goes up and down with fluctuations in the populations of the budworm.

(More about the Tennessee Warbler on: All About Birds, Wikipedia)

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Male, Immature Male and Female Chestnut-sided Warblers
No other warbler combines a greenish-yellow cap, a white breast, and reddish streaks down the sides. Thus among its relatives, the Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) is very unmistakable in appearance especially in its summer plumage. It sings a series of high whistled musical notes, usually accented at the end, which is often described as "pleased, pleased, pleased to MEECHA."

(More about the Chestnut-sided Warbler on: All About Birds, Wikipedia)

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican in flight
Despite being the smallest among the other species of pelican, the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is still a large one, as compared to other birds. It is found along the ocean shores and on only a few inland lakes. It is also unique among the other pelicans, being the only dark-plumed, and also the only one that plunges from the air into the water to catch its food. Like all pelicans, this species has a very large bill, with a gular pouch on the bottom for draining water when it scoops out prey.

(More about the Brown Pelican on: All About Birds, Wikipedia)

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