Rain Forest Tour #2 -
"Over the Mountain" Tour
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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.
Legged Honeycreeper Image
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
Rainforest Tour #1.
While coming out of the forest into the semi-open woodland we'll
have a chance to look for the
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
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.