MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Calling all wanna-be Tarzans and Janes:
Canopy tours arrive in Jamaica this winter.
Translated, canopy tours enable participants to swing through
the treetops over parts of Jamaica's rugged terrain.
Chukka Adventure Tours, which offers adventure vacations in
Jamaica, will debut its canopy program later this fall.
The tours use a harness system of pulleys on horizontal traverse
cables, that enables participants -- supervised by experienced
guides -- to swing up to 50 yards between platforms high in the
Chukka Adventure Tours formed an alliance with the original
canopy tour operator, which created the concept and introduced the
tour in Costa Rica several years ago.
Chukka Blue Adventure Tours, the western division of Chukka
Adventure Tours, will introduce its canopy tours this fall at
Montpelier Plantation in the hills behind Montego Bay, the site of
the tour group's jungle river-tubing tour and a stop on its Jeep
The canopy tour will be able to handle up to 100 participants per
day, although plans are in place to increase this number as demand
grows, according to a company spokesman.
For visitors to the Ocho Rios area, canopy tours will be
available this winter at the Cranbrook Flower Forest in St. Ann,
high above the Laughlands Great River and its gorge.
Chukka Cove Adventure Tours, the other division of Chukka
Adventure Tours, has been headquartered at Laughlands since
Canopy tour prices will be priced between $65 and $75 per
person, according to John Byles, managing director of Chukka Blue.
The tours initially will be sold at hotel tour desks and on cruise
ships calling in Jamaica.
Other programs offered by Chukka Blue include two-hour ATV
safari rides on the grounds of the Rose Hall Great House near
An additional 10 vehicles will join its ATV fleet this fall; the
tour route follows trails 700 feet above sea level and visits the
community of Mount Zion.
Byles said both the ATV tour and the new canopy tour "fill
another niche and give our customers a choice of experiences that
range from riding horses to rubber tubing down a jungle river and
walking on the sea floor to explore a coral reef."
Chukka Cove's offerings are equally adventurous. One is a
mountain-bike trek from the hills above St. Ann's down to the sea;
another is a journey on a country bus to Nine Mile, the mountain
village where Bob Marley was born and is buried.
Marc Melville, Chukka Cove's director, said both tour operators
"adapt our tours to what our customers tell us they want."
"We maintain high standards -- especially in safety -- and our
aim with each new tour is to offer our clients a unique
experience," he said.
For more information, contact Chukka Blue Adventure Tours at www.chukkablue.com and Chukka Cove Adventure Tours at
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