A Princess cruise ship docked in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Posted Mar 17, 2016
If you have a thirst for adventure, a trip to Mystic Mountain is an essential shore excursion on a Jamaica Cruise. This rainforest adventure park offers sweeping views of Jamaica's Caribbean coastline, brings you into proximity to the island's exotic plants and animals, and keeps up the excitement levels with a variety of adrenaline-pumping experiences.
A good way to ease into the high octane activities is the Sky Explorer. This chairlift ride will whisk you comfortably up above the treetops, while you peer down into the dense canopy below. From there, access to the observation tower grants you views of the coast and the famed Dunn's River Falls.
The ride back down takes you lower, right through the canopy, so that you can see forest life up close and get a true idea of life inside the jungle.
Ready for a little more excitement? Then step into the harness, put on your gloves, and get ready to zipline. Six cables are strung between seven platforms, placed strategically within and above the canopy. At the guide's signal you simply sit back in your harness and with a little push you're off, sliding swiftly from one platform to the next, pulling on the cable to slow you down as you approach the end of the line. No experience is required, and it never fails to induce a grin.
Remember the 1988 Jamaican Olympic bobsled team? This ride was inspired by them! There's no snow, for sure, but there's plenty of lush rainforest instead. You'll be briefed and strapped into your bobsled, and then off you go! It's a wild, hair-raising ride as gravity pulls you down the mountainside at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. The track was cleverly built into the hillside, taking your tearing past huge trees at high velocity. You can control the speed yourself, but why not just go with the flow?
Whichever ride you choose at Mystic Mountain, there's more fun in store. You can ride the Mystic Waterslide until it sends you into the infinity pool, then cool off as you enjoy the panoramic views over the coastline. From there, you can wander through the Butterfly Attraction Garden, where plants attract butterflies naturally, and the Hummingbird Garden, where you can spot several species of hummingbird in their native environment.
A highly sustainable attraction, you'll enjoy the benefits of a day out in natural surroundings, and the excitement of some high-flying rides.
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