Amazing does not even begin to describe this tour. Our tour guide was Al and he knew every inch of the forest. He is what made the tour so awesome. He kept us informed the entire way of everything and most importantly got us up and back safely. We started out our hike with six people and my fiancé and I were the only ones that made it to the top. This is for experienced Hikers and people who are in good physical shape! Once you get towards the top you will have to climb steep terrain and rocks. We were able to make it to the top and back down in about 3 hours. It takes a good 25 minutes to get there if you are coming from the ship dock. Once you get to the top the views are breathtaking and Al gives you some local drink and raisin bread, which are quite tasty. If you book this tour ask for Al he is the best aka prince of the mountain, he has been climbing this mountain since he was 7 and knows every part of it. This was our favorite excursion that we have ever done on a cruise.
The hike was intense but very worthwhile!! Our guide Hilton didn't say much and spent most of the hike down texting on his phone, which was very rude and annoying, but he got us up and back safely which is most important. Another guide might be better in terms of info on the forest and area. But the hike and views from the forest and up top were amazing! Our route was about 5 miles each way and an elevation of around 4000 ft. Again, the hike is intense and definitely for those that are in good shape. There are areas of the trail that are no more than 24 in diameter, just to keep in mind if that may be an issue and around 5 sections where you are climbing at about a 70-degree incline where you are climbing rocks and tree roots, but it was a blast and a good workout to boot.
This was a very adventurous hike. I saw some information that said that it was 2.5 miles. My fitbit says that it was 3.5 miles and 65 of that was up a pretty steep incline. Everyone in our party was in agreement about the distance. It is challenging but a lot of fun. Our guide was good and kept us moving. You will be on all fours several times as you climb up the mountain!
It was very nice, but a bit overpriced.
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