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Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

I was glad to see Fitzroy Quamina has received such good reviews, because he was a great guide. He picked us up in Parlatuvier, and took us down the Gilpin Trail, a muddy but only slightly rough hike. We saw 5 species of hummingbirds, two of tanagers, plus the usual motmots and jacamars, an elaenia, tropical hummingbird, orange winged parrots, manikins, and a banded antshrike, plus a great black hawk, soaring overhead. Also trapdoor spiders, a mirasou crab, and all manner of plants and trees, and too many waterfalls to count. Truly a wonderful 3 hour walk. He was a congenial companion, patient with my wife (who hates hiking steep downhills) and a mother lode of information.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank GerardH170
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Reviewed December 17, 2017

We drove up to the Forest Visitor Centre from Bloody Bay and, unbeknownst to us, Shurland followed us and then invited us to come back to her hummingbird centre, where we spent an hour or so photographing birds. She found a blue-backed manakin in the forest, which we would never have seen. We also saw a large tree boa and a green iguana near her house.

She then took us a short distance along the Gilpin Trail, where we saw a blue-crowned motmot. It was very slippery underfoot and, as usual in the rain forest, extremely humid.

She is a very knowledgeable guide and her hummingbird ‘park’ is well worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank PETRA001
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Reviewed October 22, 2017

We trekked into the rainforest a few times during our stay, once was guided which is definitely recommended as you get to see things like the blood tree! and it is great to know exactly what you are looking at and not miss all of the interesting things.

The second time, we parked up near Castara and walked up through the forest to the waterfall. Nice easy trek with the kids and the waterfall and pool are fantastic to swim in when you get up to them.

Nearly forgot the parrots. Seeing flocks of parrots fly over your head is still something quite amazing to me. They are everywhere.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Dan P
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Reviewed October 17, 2017

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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 27, 2017

Our visit was during the rainy season, and this is rainforest, so we got wet. Definitely worth wearing suitable clothing. A good guide is essential - we went with Newton George who was exceptional. He could spot small birds hidden in the canopy when we would have had no chance. The with the aid of decent binoculars (ours) or telescope (Newton's) the brilliance of the feathers came alive. Might not be as attractive in the peak season, but our experience was really good.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank JGRJ
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