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Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain

Written by Staff Writer

The hottest new destination in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the attraction capital of the Caribbean! Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain boasts over 100 acres of land stretching from the coast road entrance near Dunn’s River Falls to over 700 feet above sea level at the peak of Mystic Mountain. 

This environmentally friendly attraction for all ages, provides ample opportunities to view and explore the unique seaside, tropical forest ecosystem with three unique and exhilarating excursions including:

Rainforest Sky Explorer – Positioned prominently at the park’s coast road entrance, this state-of-the-art chairlift soars above the treetops on a breathtaking ride through the heart of the tropical seaside forest canopy. The ascent on Sky Explorer skims the top of the canopy, providing sensational views of the sparkling sea and the emerald richness of the tropical treetops to arrive at the centerpiece of the attraction, the peak of Mystic Mountain. The return ride on Sky Explorer carries riders just below the treetops yet high above the forest floor affording an unparalleled scope of the tropical forest, as well as prime viewing of the rich flora and fauna. 

Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica – The signature attraction of Mystic Mountain is the Bobsled ride. Custom-designed bobsleds evoking the glory of the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team travels along stainless steel rails on a 1,000 meter gravity driven ride through the forest. Imagine a bobsled roller coaster thru a tropical forest – only in Jamaica!

Rainforest Zip-line Tranopy Tour – A series of tree-to-tree platforms sends riders gliding thru the coastal forest on this customized zip line canopy tour. Nothing rivals the zip line for full-forest interactivity. The guided tour covers the virgin areas of the mountain, flying through the canopy via a zip line along a series of interconnected tree and land-based platforms. The last platform is at the mid-station of Rainforest Sky Explorer, which returns zip line riders to the base area and the park entrance via the Sky Explorer chairlift.

 Additional features of the Mystic Mountain experience include the following:

Jamaican Railway Station & Mystic Pavilion
Designed by acclaimed Jamaican architect Ann Hodges, the picturesque three-storey building is designed as a replica of an early 1900’s Jamaican railway station. Stunning views of Jamaica’s north coast are paramount along with majestic vistas of the hills and valleys of St. Ann. With over 9,000 square feet, the multi-level rail station features a lookout tower, second level bar and restaurant, retail space for shopping, photo shop and is the boarding point for Bobsled Jamaica. Adjacent to the Rail Station, Mystic Pavilion features displays and memorabilia celebrating Jamaica’s renowned culture, great moments in sports and the promotion of environmental awareness and conservation of natural resources. Perched on the edge of the mountain to complete this sensational setting is the infinity pool; a perfect modern counterpoint to the stunning tropical hillside.

DINING
R2 at 700 ft.
Chef Jose Riquelme and Chef Ravi Anne Kiran create a contemporary menu of Caribbean cuisine peppered with classic favorites. Daytime menu items include healthy options such as the Health Basket with thin slices of slow roasted turkey breast piled high on ciabiatta bread drizzled with Caribbean herb vinaigrette. Vegetarians will love the seasonal vegetable special stir fry with tofu. Classic Jamaica specialties include West Indian curries or classic Escoveitch fish fried in a spring roll. Others will love the Mystic Mountain Burger with a selection of toppings. And there’s plenty of jerk to go around too! Jerk chicken, jerk pork and jerk kabobs. A special “Irie Pickney” menu is available for the kids, and there is a selection of sweets including traditional island puddings: bread, sweet potato and cornmeal.

Stellar views are the centerpiece of this establishment, which is also perfect to host private groups and functions. Seating for 78 persons and ample outdoor space makes it the ideal spot for intimate weddings, corporate events and special occasions.

GROUPS

Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain will ensure that your event is unforgettable, offering outstanding facilities and exceptional service. The property offers a variety of settings for private group functions. Whether it’s a large-scale event, reception, or closing gala, Mystic Mountain will take care of every detail from A-Z. The property is available for day or night functions. Settings include the park entrance framed by cascading natural springs and tropical gardens, or a mountaintop spot with awe-inspiring views.

AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE PROJECT
Mystic Mountain is situated on over 100 acres of land containing a diverse ecosystem including natural springs, tropical plants, trees and a variety of birds. Mystic Mountain exemplifies the natural, unspoiled beauty of Jamaica; the tours and rides have been carefully designed for minimal impact and the smallest possible physical footprint. During construction, the chairlift foundations were installed by helicopter which significantly reduced disturbance to the environment and eliminated any need for a roadway to transport equipment.  The latest design in chairlift towers – the “F” tower – was also specifically selected to dramatically reduce impact to the forest environment. More than 1000 meters of bobsled track were hand carried through the forest, while the track was laid hugging natural limestone cliffs through the sloping hilly interior. The area can now be considered protected from de-forestation and urban sprawl.

LOCATION
uperbly situated in the resort town of Ocho Rios in Jamaica’s “Garden Parish” of St. Ann. The Ocho Rios Cruise Ship Pier is a short 5 minute drive to the east while Dunn’s River Falls is just a 5 minute drive to the west. Access from Montego Bay is facilitated by the new North Coast Highway with a scenic driving time of 80 minutes from the Donald Sangster International Airport and a 110 minute drive from the Montego Bay Cruise Ship Pier.

HOURS OF OPERATION
Open daily from 7:30 AM until 5:00 PM.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

RAINFOREST SKY EXPLORER
Manufacturer  Doppelmayr CTEC based in Salt Lake City, Utah
Designer        John Dalton, Chief Engineer, Rainforest Aerial Trams

Capacity       50 chairs, 450 persons per hour.
Distance       1 km one way (5/8 of a mile)

ZIPLINE CANOPY TOUR
Manufacturer  Adventure Playground San Jose, Costa Rica
Overview        Platform to platform zip line consisting of five zip lines, one vertical descent and one suspension walking bridge
Zip line 1 = 90 meters

Zip line 2 = 120 meters

Zip line 3 = 30 meters

Zip line 4 = 61 meters

Vertical Descent = 10 meters

Suspension Bridge = 25 meters

Zip line 5 = 170 meters

 

Mystic Mountain Limited is a partnership between Rainforest Aerial Trams (www.rainforestrams.com) and the company’s founders, Jamaican businessmen Horace A. Clarke, O.J. and Michael N. Drakulich, attorney-at-law. 

Web Site:                 www.rainforestbobsledjamaica.com

Contacts:                      

Jamaica:
Mike Drakulich, Managing Director
Phone:  876 974 3990
Fax:      876 974 3992
Email: [email protected]
                               
Barbara Lulich, Marketing Consultant
Phone:  876 382 6124
Fax:      876 794 8348
Email: [email protected]
                               
Miami:
Annika Bratt, VP of Sales Rainforest Aerial Trams

Phone: 305 704 3475
Fax:      305 858 4584

Email: [email protected]      

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