Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, Jamaica

August 25, 2015

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Welcome one of the newest UNESCO World Heritage sites! Inducted at the beginning of July, the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, is Jamaica’s first world heritage site. Awarded because of both its cultural and natural significance, this nearly 200,000-acre national park, won’t disappoint. Home to 200 species of native and migrating birds, one of the largest butterfly species in the world, and an abundance of endemic plants, you’ll enjoy the many trails complete with scenic vistas of cascading waterfalls, cloud forest, and the highest point on the island – Blue Mountain Peak at 2,256 meters. The mountains also provided refuge first for the indigenous Tainos fleeing slavery and then for Maroons (former enslaved peoples) who resisted the European colonial system. The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park is a biodiverse and culturally interesting site to visit.