This All Inclusive Weekend (2 days/ 1 night) Walkbout HomeStay Experience incorporates the classic hike to the Blue Mountain Peak and an overnight stay at The Cabins at Portland Gap.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
•Comfortable walking shoes with traction
•Water and Refreshments
The Experience begins at Penlyne Castle and follows a 12.5 km (7.8 mile) trail to the summit. This roundtrip hike takes approximately 7 hours and takes hikers through Jamaica’s pristine primary forest. The route is ideal for observing native plants and over 200 bird species; including all Jamaican endemic birds. There are no large or poisonous animals in the national park.
At 2256 meters (7401 ft.) above sea level, Jamaica’s Blue Mountain Peak is the highest point on the island and offers spectacular views of the hilly interior and coastline. The summit is found within the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mid-way on the peak trail is Portland Gap rest-stop and lodging. We overnight at The Cabins at Portland Gap. There are two cabin buildings offering bunk-bed or floor space sleeping options (Extra floor mattresses are available at an additional cost).
Amenities at Portland Gap include piped water, outhouses, showers, fire pits and a kitchen with cookware. Tent sites are also available at Portland Gap. Campers have access to the restrooms and cooking facilities.
Overnight guests are responsible for their own supplies; including: tents, blankets, toiletries, towels and flashlights.
The Blue Mountain Peak Trail and Portland Gap is operated by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT), park managers of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Revenue from cabin rentals and trail fees goes towards conservation in the national park
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