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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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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hidden Worlds to Complete Cenote Sustainability Upgrade and Improvement

Cenote (underwater cave) at Hidden Worlds, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

It's sustainable in the cenote! Rainforest Adventures Hidden Worlds in Riviera Maya Mexico (located north of Tulum and south of Cancun and Playa del Carmen) is ready to unveil substantial sustainability upgrades that focus on improving both the guest experience and the park’s environmental impact.

Improvements began in early 2013 and are expected to be completed by mid-December, in time for the busy winter season. Ranging from the dining spaces to the ziplines, six months of work went into the park to further improve the sustainable adventure park.

“Rainforest Adventures Hidden Worlds Mexico is a gem on the Yucatan, providing guests with a sustainable adventure experience, complete with natural, not man-made cenotes,” says Annika Bratt, director of sales for Rainforest Adventures. “The park improvements, both visible and behind the scenes, will improve the experience for guests along with the natural environment.”

The surroundings of Tak Be Ha, the park’s natural cenote (Mexican term for “underwater caves”) reserved solely for snorkeling guests, has received a complete overhaul. The road, parking and jungle surrounding the cenote have all been upgraded to ensure that the pristine underground spring stays as clean as possible.

Hidden Worlds Jungle Zip Line in Riviera Maya, Mexico.


Two of the park’s zip lines have been improved – focusing on quality and safety – using Petzl equipment. This class-leading equipment is used worldwide by some of the best mountaineers and climbers, along with rescue professionals.

The Jungle Diner, Hidden World’s main dining facility, has been upgraded with a new Palapa roof, benches and tables, and lighting. These upgrades, along with a new selection of food options will help ensure that guests visiting the park keep their energy levels high between adventure experiences.

For the further comfort of guests, the park’s main washroom facilities have been upgraded with new fixtures, using low-flow technology. Hidden Worlds has also brought the on-site photo experience in house, ensuring that all guests receive the highest quality photographs of their adventures during their visit.

Hidden Worlds Aero-Cycle

Planned future improvements include the park’s Aero-Cycle, a bicycle suspended on a zipline and powered by pedalling through the rainforest canopy. Additional road works throughout the park will also be improved to match the Tak Be Had road upgrades.

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About Rainforest Adventures

With tour operations in Panama and award winning, adrenaline-inducing adventure parks located in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), St 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

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rainforest Adventures Helps Meeting and Incentive Travellers Fight Nature Deficit Disorder


With Rainforest Adventures (a collection of sustainable eco-adventure parks located in some of the most sought-after conference, meetings and incentive destinations in the world), meeting planners can give delegates and business teams “nature time” in some of the richest and most diverse rainforests on the planet.

“Each of our parks work with meeting and incentive planners to create rainforest and nature themed parties and tours that tie into their corporate goals,” said Annika Bratt, vice president of sales for Rainforest Adventures. “Our team also works out the best timing so each group has either full access to the parks or private tours. Planners only have to visit www.rainforestadventure.com or call 1-866-759-8726, and we’ll put them directly in touch with the park of their choice to customize a visit.”

Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined for the growing epidemic of people (particularly children) who experience a decreased interaction with nature, has been credited to Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods (2005). This alarming lack of outdoor enjoyment is said to be due to our growing reliance on technology. Over the past few decades, research has cited numerous restorative benefits to spending time in nature – a simple walk in the woods and smelling the jungle can alleviate fatigue and stress. Add in team-building activities, such as ziplining at night, a flora and fauna scavenger hunt or an hour spent in a butterfly garden, and a day out of the office has even more inspirational and health value.

“And because Rainforest Adventures has also been recognized as a socially-responsible business, we are happy to give groups behind-the-scenes tours of our sustainability initiatives. Many businesses appreciate this offer as a way to help inspire new thinking around sustainability within their own companies,” said Annika Bratt.

Operating under strict conservation guidelines, Rainforest Adventures launched in 1994 when the first park (Costa Rica Atlantic) constructed the world’s first rainforest aerial tram – without removing a single tree in the process. Today, Rainforest Adventures has expanded its parks (locations include Costa Rica Pacific, Costa Rica Atlantic, St Lucia, Mexico and Jamaica) and tours (Panama), each destination offering groups and conference planners thrilling, eye-opening and educational rainforest activities. Adventures range from bobsledding through a Jamaican rainforest and aerial tram rides to the top of mountains to bird-watching tours and naturalist-led nature walks. Some locations even expand beyond the rainforest to include historical walking tours and visits to an authentic Embera Indian Village (Panama).

Each park, attractions and tour is unique, built around the natural history and culture of each country. All excursions are carbon neutral and the company has been certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) for safety.
  • Experience soft adventure at Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic. Located just 80 kms (50 miles) from Costa Rica’s capital city of San José, Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic was the company’s first park, introduced in 1994 with the non-invasive construction of an aerial tram. Today, the park has grown to include guided tours (pick from nature hikes, bird-watching treks and family-friendly adventures) and attractions like the AdrenaLine – a 700-metre (2,297-foot) zipline that takes thrill-seekers flying 55 km/hr (34 mph) through the jungle. Group incentives include Rainforest Encounter (an interactive performance based on the awakening of the rainforest), Tastes Like Colour (a dinner show featuring dancing and music) and Treasure Hunt (a team-based scavenger hunt). For softer adventure, guests can explore the butterfly and frog garden: a 200-square-metre (1,250-square-foot) open-air space where nature-lovers can immerse themselves in a world of bug-eyed bullfrogs and tiny tadpoles. And with bilingual naturalists overseeing the grounds, this garden is an eye-opening and educational experience for adventurers of all ages. Unique to Costa Rica Atlantic are the 10 modern bungalows of the Rainforest Lodge, each with private baths and terraces and available for overnight accommodation. Read more about Costa Rica Atlantic Group Incentive Programs.
  • Explore phobias at the Serpentarium and experience the thrill of climbing the waterfall at Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific. In our Pacific open-air Serpentarium, visitors get a close look at 20 species of snakes and reptiles – some for the first time – and learn about the “scariest” reptiles that call Costa Rica home. And while at the park, the new Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Waterfall Climb takes guests up a tropical waterfall. After a short 400 metre walk through the rainforest with a naturalist, guests arrive at the site of the waterfall climb, which is approximately 50 metres of vertical course, followed by two ziplines down to a hanging platform. To descend from the platform guests will perform a 25 metre free-fall rappel. Dedicated to ecotourism, the team at Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific has constructed this attraction with minimal environmental impact and uses it to showcase the natural beauty of the rainforest and watershed. The Waterfall Climb means that the only way to the top of the zip line is human power – no vehicles allowed.
  • Take a blind leap on the AdrenaLUNA zipline tour at Rainforest Adventures St Lucia. Planners can up the zipline stakes and leap over to Rainforest Adventures St Lucia, located in the highland community of Chassin, Babonneau and set in St Lucia’s longest protected rainforest (1,250 acres are protected by the company). While not for the faint of heart (or for those afraid of the dark), the AdrenaLUNA nighttime zipline tour starts with a dark walk through the rainforest and launch off a volcanic boulder, continuing with a zipline through the high jungle canopy (only a headlamp leads the way) and a swing on a Tarzan-like rope, and finishing with a rappel back down to Earth. St Lucia also hosts an aerial tram, daytime zipline (called the ArenaLINE) and rainforest trails. According to Travel + Leisure, this park’s ArenaLUNA/LINE ranks amongst the World’s 16 Coolest Zip Lines. This property also offers bird-watching tours, waterfall walks and nature hikes in addition to an open-air hummingbird garden.
  • Jungle bobsled at Rainforest Adventures Jamaica. With Rainforest Adventures Jamaica, bobsledding isn’t just a wintertime sport for northerners. Rainforest Adventures Jamaica’s staff can help arrange the perfect meeting or incentive event, including closing down the park at night to accommodate a private function. Guests who visit the park, located on Mystic Mountain in the resort town of Ocho Rios, will discover a wild ride that’s inspired by the famous Jamaican bobsled Olympians and ranked by TripAdvisor.com as one of the top attractions in Ocho Rios. Bobsledders are safely strapped into a sled and then sped, using only gravity, down a 1,000-metre (3,281-foot) mountainside track through the dense rainforest. (Going a bit too fast? Slow down using a handbrake). To get back to earth, guests can drop by the butterfly garden (a spot designed to attract these insects in non-enclosed setting) and the hummingbird garden (a place for visitors to see and learn about Jamaica’s national bird in a natural setting). Finally, guests may cool off after a long day of jungle adventures with an exhilarating ride down the 77-metre (253-foot) mystic waterslide, ending in an infinity-edged pool.
  • Explore the Hidden Worlds of Rainforest Adventures in Mexico. Hidden Worlds, located in the Mayan jungle, is one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s best known locations for exploring the fascinating world of underground caves. Hidden Worlds features the world’s only Zip Coaster and Aero-Cycle. The Zip Coaster is a zipline adventure – designed to emulate the thrills of a roller-coaster – that weaves through the jungle before entering the darkness of a cave and terminating with a splash in the water. The Aero-Cycle is a bicycle suspended on a zipline and powered by pedalling through the rainforest canopy to the underground caves. Sustainablitiy improvements for Hidden Worlds began in early 2013 and are expected to be completed by mid-October, in time for the busy winter season. Ranging from the dining spaces to the ziplines, six months of work went into the park to further improve the sustainable adventure park.
  • Explore the depth and breadth of the Pearl of the Pacific with Panama Excursions. To open visitors’ eyes to the true heart and soul of Panama, Rainforest Adventures offers seven diverse tours, adventures and experiences: Shaping of Panama, Chagres River Adventure, Authentic Embera Indian Village, Miraflores Locks Observation Center, Eco Cruise on the Gatun Lake, Panama Canal Partial Transit and Panama Canal Railway. On the Authentic Embera Indian Tour, guests take a dugout canoe ride into Chagres National Park en route to a remote village. Once there, explorers will meet the chief, watch a series of traditional dances and take time to explore the village, meet the local people and purchase a crafted keepsake. With four exhibition halls, a visit to the Miraflores Locks Observation Center is an eye-opening and educational look at the shaping and importance of the Panama Canal and its locks. Nature-lovers wanting to be immersed in Panama’s lush flora and fauna needn’t look further than the Eco Cruise on the Gatun Lake tour, an experience that takes guests aboard a small boat for an exploration of back channels, islands and bays and to the Gatun Locks. Birds, monkeys, sloth, iguanas and crocodiles are just a few of the animals that can be spotted on this tour. Read more about the Meetings and Incentive Programs in Panama.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Spot Dozens of Bird Species throughout Rainforest Adventures Parks

Costa Rican Scarlet Macaw
‘Twitchers’ can spot dozens of bird species throughout Rainforest Adventures parks (within more than 2,700 acres of protected lands), educating visitors on species preservation.One in eight bird species faces possible extinction according to Birdlife International’s recently released report and for Rainforest Adventures, this possibility reinforces their mission of educating guests on the importance of ecosystem preservation and species protection.

“The protection of habitat is crucial to reducing the threat to extinction”, says Lincoln Fishpool from Birdlife International. “Regions with dense bird populations, especially in migratory routes, should focus on conservation and educating people about the area’s importance. We need to remind the world that these regions are not only important to birds, but to the entire ecosystems they support.

With parks and operations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, guests have the opportunity to witness conservation in action with many bird centric tours and attractions:

With more than 403 unique species of birds in their Costa Rica Atlantic park alone, Rainforest Adventures is a true birders destination. With the world’s bird population being threatened it is critical to educate travellers about the importance of birds not only on a regional level, but internationally as well.

A Toucan in Costa Rica
As part of the Costa Rica bird watching experience at the Atlantic park, guests can use the aerial tram to get a view from above the tree canopy to spot species not seen from the ground. And, when the day is done guests can retire to the Rainforest Lodge, which is located in the heart of the forest, so viewing the nocturnal species is made easy.

The Costa Rica Pacific park is home to tanagers, warblers, euphoni, toucans and scarlet macaws, all of which Rainforest Adventures has committed to help protect. The birding tours start at 5 a.m., just before sunrise, to take advantage of the silence of the transitional tropical rainforest. At 7 a.m., expert guides bring guests to the aerial tram to get a view of the canopy dwelling birds.

At Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Jamaica, near Ocho Rios, guests can walk through the hummingbird gardens where the species are free to fly. While walking in this sanctuary guests can learn about the different species such as the Jamaican Mango, Eastern and Western Streamertail, and Vervain Hummingbird (the second smallest bird in the world).

Jamaican Hummingbird

Bird watching at St. Lucia is one of the attractions designed to engage everyone from casual hikers to birding enthusiasts. The experienced guides lead an interpretive tour through the forest departing just after dawn. The hike takes four hours, but is suitable to hikers of all levels as there are plenty of places to enjoy a water break.

On the Gatun Lake River cruise offered by Panama Excursions, guests will be able to hear the songs of many different birds as they travel through the back channels, islands and bays that make up this unique ecosystem. The area surrounding Gatun Lake has remained free of development due to the extremely dense rainforest that surrounds it. Gatun Lake is one of the only accessible areas on Earth that various native Central American animal and plant species can be observed undisturbed in their natural habitat.

During Migration season the Hidden Worlds park in Tulum, Mexico is thriving with bird activity. Alongside common hummingbirds and ocean birds are unique bird species including the great curassow, which can live up to 25 years. While guests are taking part in the canopy zipline tours they’re advised to keep their eyes to the sky and they might spot some crested guans on high tree branches.

“Not only are birds an attraction, but they are vital to the eco-system of the region,” says Annika Bratt, director of sales for Rainforest Adventures. “Assisting in the protection of the biodiversity where we operate is one of the founding principles of our organization and also our duty as a tourism operator.”

About Rainforest Adventures

With tour operations in Panama and award winning, adrenaline-inducing adventure parks located in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), St 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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