Rain Forest Tour #2 -
"Over the Mountain" Tour

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Rain Forest Tour #2– Our Guide Kenneth's Favorite "Over the Mountain" Tour: This tour requires a bit more stamina than the flatter Gilpin Trace as you follow guide Kenneth on one of his favorite trails. With a gradual rise your tour takes you in a loop eventually passing over one of the higher ridges in the Reserve. Depending on the season you will either circumvent or traverse bubbling brooks, and squelch through some mud (it all adds to the adventure!) so Wellies or water hardy shoes are highly recommended.


Red Legged Honeycreeper Image
courtesy of
Roger Neckles

Walking through this pristine environment you can not help but give silent thanks to Tobago's colonial governor, who in 1765, declared the central mountain ridge and its surrounding lands a Crown Reserve, making Tobago's the oldest legally-protected forest in the world.

Thriving in this protected forest are a variety of colorful winged inhabitants including the Red-legged Honeycreeper, the larger but equally colorful Blue-backed Manakin, and large (by hummingbird standards) White-tailed Sabrewing as well as the smaller Copper-rumped and Ruby-topaz Hummingbird.

Rufous-vented Chachalaca, Tobago's national bird known locally as "Cocrico" can be sought in the thick undergrowth of the forest as well as the majority of the same species found on the
Gilpin Trace Rainforest Tour #1.

While coming out of the forest into the semi-open woodland we'll have a chance to look for the Yellow-bellied Elaenia, Short-tailed Swift, Broad-winged Hawk and Crested Oropendola as we head back toward the van. We'll also stop at a fresh water spring so you can refill your water bottles with water that tastes the way nature intended!

Tour Duration: Departure 7:00 a.m. 5 hours approximate

Price: US $85 per person including tax. Minimum of 2 persons.

Includes: Van transfers, guide, Birds of Trinidad and Tobago Checklist.

Not Included: Optional guide gratuities not included. Rental of (optional) Wellies not included.

What to Wear: Light weight long pants are best suited for rainforest hikes. Good walking shoes with socks are highly recommended (ones that can take mud). Wellies (Boots can be rented at entrance to Rainforest and are highly recommended during rainy season. A change of clothes to keep in the van is advisable during the rainy season as well (June to December.)

Packing Considerations: Light back pack with binoculars, camera. pencil/pen for completing Checklist, bird book, water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellent, Kleenex or TP (there are no rest rooms available) and a small amount of money (preferably TT) for the purchase of lunch and renting of Wellies, beach towel.

 


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