Destination Travel Guide for Visitors to Jamaica BLUE MOUNTAINS
On his 2nd voyage to the New World in 1494, Blue Mountains Peak was the 1st land sighted by Christopher Columbus.
The Blue Mountains are the highest mountain range in Jamaica, named after the blue mist that seems to cover them when looking from a distance.
The Blue Mountains are inhabited mostly by Coffee Farmers who you may even sell some of their world famous beans to you cheaply, and local indigenous people called the Maroons, who live sustainably off the land and generally keep away from modern cities.
To get to the Blue Mountains from Kingston, You go to Papine, then on to Mavis Bank.
Once in Mavis Bank, to get to the start of the trails you can either hike your way up, or hire a 4×4 for about $50USD.
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In 1993 the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park created approximately 300 square miles (780 km²) of wilderness that houses and protects thousands of tree and fern species and rare animals.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the longest continuous mountain ranges in the Caribbean, up one of the steepest general gradients in the world to the highest peak at 2256 m (7402 ft), where from on a clear morning you can see all the way to Cuba!
Take a predawn hike to Blue Mountain Peak for a for a breathtaking sunrise view, and on the way back down, explore the Holywell Recreation Area – 120 hectares of protected woodland boasting over 100 rivers, several waterfalls and green jungle wetlands.
Several trails in the Blue Mountain Range can be hiked and biked with or without tour guides. Enjoy scenic viewpoints, picnic spots and extensive bird-watching along the trails, with over 200 different bird species to see!
With green, lush flora, the mountains appear to be blue when dense flog shades the sun’s rays. Over 500 different plants, including dozens of fern species, wild strawberries and some of the world’s best coffees grow in the Blue Mountains Range.
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