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Dominica tours: Void of mass tourism, the island remains off the radar for most travellers but is home to an abundance of nature. Much of volcanic Dominica is blanketed by untamed rainforest, a medley of brooding volcanic peaks, gushing mountain streams, spouting geysers, and quiet lakes.
Dominica tours provide an in depth look at the only Eastern Caribbean island that still has a population of pre-Columbian native Caribs, the Kalinago, who have lived on the island since the 13th century. Owing to the Kalinago's fierce resistance, Dominica was the last Caribbean island to be colonized.
In colonial times, after being first discovered by the Spanish, Dominica was later colonized by the French and British before finally obtaining independence in 1978. Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (Dominica in Latin), 3 November 1493. It was the sheer mountains that protected the islands and led the European powers to build ports and agricultural settlements on other nearby islands.
For more than two centuries the colonial forces attempted to gain control of the island but the Kalinagos met them with fierce resistance. Before the arrival of Christopher Columbus the Kalinagos were a self-reliant people who survived mainly by fishing, hunting, and farming. These skilled people made their own dugout canoes, which were used to travel to and from the neighbouring islands. The Caribs spoke their own language, worshipped the spirits of their ancestors, and were famous for their herbal medicine.
On Dominica tours, we quickly find out why this county has been named the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. The highest point in the country is Morne Diablotins, which has an elevation of 1,447 metres (4,747 ft).
Perhaps the most scenic of explorations on our Dominica tours, is the journey to Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Encompassing 17,000 acres (6,880 hectares) in the southeast corner of the island, the park is mountainous and jungle-clad, and boasts waterfalls, lakes, and gorges. Natural tropical forest blends with scenic volcanic features of great scientific interest, centred on the 1,342-m-high volcano known as Morne Trois Pitons. With its precipitous slopes and deeply incised valleys, hot springs, freshwater lakes, and volcanoes, together with the richest biodiversity in the Lesser Antilles, Morne Trois Pitons National Park presents a rare combination of natural features of World Heritage value.
Six natural vegetation zones are identified within the park. Elfin Woodland grows at the highest elevation, and is almost constantly covered by mist as is the Montane Rainforest found above 2000ft. Montane Thicket is transitional and dominated by spindly trees with small canopies. At least half of Dominica's 175 bird species can be observed in the park, including the Jacquot Parrot, Broad Winged Hawk, Trembler, doves, flycatchers, hummingbirds, and possibly the Mountain Whistler.
Whether arriving for the nature or the culture, Dominica tours offer both an unspoiled and unique heritage within the Caribbean.