Mystic Mountain - West of Ocho Rios, before Dunn's River Falls and Dolphin Cove
Tel:- (1 876) 974-3990
The newest of the "big" attractions in Ocho Rios is Mystic Mountain, which opened in July 2008. The park offers three main attractions, a chairlift (the "Rainforest Sky Explorer"), zip-lines (the "Rainforest Zip-line Tranopy Tour") and a bobsled ride experience (the "Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica"). Each attraction must be paid for separately but special deals are often available if you do a combination of activities (shop around for deals).Rainforest Sky Explorer
Your experience begins on the Rainforest Sky Explorer, a chairlift which takes riders from the entrance to the heart of the action, 700 feet higher. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes each way and covers approximately 1.3 miles, giving riders superb views of the rainforest, the north coast and educational displays which are set up on route.Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica
The headline activity at Mystic Mountain is the Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica, inspired (of course) by the Jamaican bobsled team who participated in the 1988 Calgary Olympics (as immortalised in the 1993 film, Cool Runnings). High-tech bobsled carts set off from the Mystic Pavilion and race down 1,000 meters of stainless steel track. There is a brake on each bobsled to control the speed of descent or, if you prefer to freewheel, speeds of up to 40 mph are possible. Tram trips back up to the pavilion are provided afterwards.Rainforest Zip-line Tranopy Tour
The Rainforest Zip-Line Tranopy Tour is a series of zip-lines which take you on an exhilarating tour of the tree-top canopy above Mystic Mountain. One of the zip-lines features a near-vertical drop of ten meters. Full safety gear is provided.Jamaican Railway Station and Mystic Pavilion
The terminus for the Skyline Explorer and the launch pad for the Bobsled and Zip-line adventures is the Mystic Pavilion, with the adjoining Jamaican Railway Station. The Railway Station was designed by Jamaican architect Ann Hodges to replicate an early 1900's Jamaican train station.
Inside the station there is a lookout tower, gift shop and restaurant. The restaurant (called "R2 at 700ft") features local and international dishes, along with several dishes aimed at children.
There is a waterslide, plunging right in to a refreshing infinity pool on the mountain side.Environmental impact
The Mystic Mountain complex is built on 100 acres of semi-evergreen rainforest. The forest is home to 55 varieties of tree and an estimated 33 breeds of tropical bird, it features natural springs and a variety of plant life.
Every effort was taken in the construction of Mystic Mountain to minimise the impact on the local environment and, indeed, incorporates the stunning scenery as a feature of the attraction. Rather than bulldozing acres of forest, construction materials were hand-carried or heli-lifted in to place.© 2011 Jamaica Travel and Culture .com