Ive been lucky to visit a few rainforests namely Daintree in Oz and the temperate rainforests of Western Canada along with other forests in the Caribbean. All rainforests are quite different but what makes a tour inside these areas is a good guide.
We went with Newton George and our particular interest was birds but asked that he pointed out anything else that moved, was interesting etc. Newton was excellent - he picked us up from the Blue Waters Inn at 6am (just getting light) and in no time at all we were looking for potoos and mot mots. Once inside the reserve we were lucky to see blue manakins displaying and the sounds of the crickets were amazing. No mosquitos (St Lucia was a nightmare for these!) - in fact we were not bitten once. Newton found over 50+ species of bird.
I would recommend you take binoculars, Newton brought a scope for us to use. From the forest we travelled down to a marsh area on the atlantic coast and picked up a number of different species of heron and sandpipers along with land crabs and a migrant osprey and american golden plover.
In all an excellent morning excursion - we were back at the hotel by mid day (after a brief stop at Newtons place to see the hummingbirds - (see hummingbird gallery review).
One thing that struck me was how well the local people tended the grass verges and swept the roads. Ive seen reviews on here where people have said it is messy in places but this is no more than any other Caribbean island that we have visited. The rainforest area is pristine and has its own micro climate. Even though it was 28 degrees in Speyside with 80 % humidity, in the rainforest it was lovely and cool.
Many thanks to Newton George for providing excellent guiding.
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