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Explore the Rastafari Indigenous on this half-day guided tour from Montego Bay. Learn about the reverence for nature and humanity that is at the core of the Rastafarian philosophy and lifestyle. Meet local musicians, farmers and artisans in the hills of Montego River Gardens, interacting with these community members and taking part in drumming, cooking and crafting. Round-trip transportation from Montego Bay hotels is included.

Highlights

  • Rastafari Indigenous Village half-day tour from Montego Bay
  • Hike across a stream to the village in Montego River Gardens
  • Experience the Rasta way of life and learn about the Rastafarian belief system
  • See cooking, drumming or crafts demonstrations and join the local community in daily activities
  • Round-trip hotel transport included

What You Can Expect

Rastafari Indigenous Village Tour from Montego Bay

Visit an indigenous Rastafarian Village in Jamaica

Meet your guide for day upon pickup at your Montego Bay hotel. Settle into your vehicle for the 20-minute drive to the hilly area of Montego River Gardens.

Hike into the Rastafari Indigenous Village with your guide, possibly crossing a river on foot. Note the healing plants and medicinal herbs that line the paths through the countryside on the way to the village.

As you approach the village, listen to the welcoming sound of drumming. Meet some of the community members and learn about the Rastafarian way of life, which includes healthy living and harmony with other species. This community's motto is 'one love, one heart,' and they believe in equal rights and justice for humanity.

Participate in typical daily village activities, including joining the drumming circle and making crafts with some of the local artisans. Watch culinary demonstrations that include traditional Rastafarian vegetarian dishes. Listen to your guide as they teach your group about the history of Jamaica's Rastafari movement.

Take the opportunity to purchase a drink or snack at your own expense before hiking back down from the village to your vehicle and returning to Montego Bay.

Customer Reviews

Ronald S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

If you like history and want some real interaction with the Rastafarian culture, this is it. It was only a small group of 4 on our tour so we received a lot of one on one interaction.
First Man will lead you on a journey through their encampment on top of a hill in the forest all the while giving you a brief history lesson on the origin of the Rastafarian culture and why they do certain things that some people find offensive.

Jeremy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Horrible experience for my wife but my husband had fun. I just kidding we loved it.

Brian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Learn about Rastafarianism from the source. Genuine and charming.

Desiree C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Ricky and Nicolette - my driver and the owner - were amazing! They got late picking me up because their previous pickup's flight had been delayed and then the passengers got lost, but they called and let me know and were so lovely and sincere. To make up for it they took me out to lunch, but more than that they were just fantastic company. They made me feel so safe and I had so much fun with the two of them, I definitely recommend 'Jamaica Customized Vacation and Tours' - they made me feel like a friend, and I never felt like they were trying to get more money from me.

Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed my tour - very relaxed and casual in beautiful surroundings. Extremely informative - have a far better understanding of the Rastafari culture and traditions.

Valoris P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Beautiful drive to get there. Beautiful location. Very informative and friendly. We've been to Jamaica twice and have done 10 tours to date, and this is one of our favorites.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Such a cool tour! It was great to do something different in Jamaica and hop on an excursion that takes you to the real Jamaica where you can experience the island's culture first-hand. Definitely recommend for those wanting something different than your average touristy trip!

Jan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

My 18 year old son and I did this trip and we loved it. It was a breath of fresh air to get away from the more touristy excursions and just learn more about rasta culture. For some reason I had expected that cooking was part if the trip. Not sure if I made that up but thought I had read it so was disappointed that this wasn't the case. However that said, it was just a delightful experience and definitely one to recommend.

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