Dominica- Rasta Man's Rainforest Hike
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Today we started our excursion at about noon and had a 5 hour tour/hike planned. We picked the excursion "Rasta Man's Rainforest Hike." We took a small van that sat the 9 of us on the tour, comfortably. We had a driver and a local tour guide who answered all our questions and told us other information about the island.
We started with about an hour drive to the rain forest entrance which was very high up. I would never be able to drive on this island... the roads are very narrow and windy and what looks like is a one way road is really both ways. The driver warned us in the beginning not to scream that he was a good driver... but I was still on the edge of my seat at some points.
We learned about the animals and plants that grow on the island as well as other fun facts.
Our guide grabbed a Cocoa Pod to show us as we drove in the car. He split it open and showed us the seads which were covered in a white think slime. He then told us to each take a seed and suck on it, that it is very sweat but not to bite into the bitter cocoa. Normally I'm very hesitant about what I eat but I did it... It was very good and sweet but the texture was the weirdest thing ever.
We stopped at another local place and our guide got out quickly to get fresh fruit juice/rum punch for later as well as just picked fruit for our hike. While he was off getting that there was a stand with an older man with lots of fruits and things none of us recognized, except what resemebed a small banana. We took a picture of him and the stand then he pulled out a camera and took a picture of our van lol it was very funny.
Then we entered the rain forest! It was a small little pathway off the side of the road that the local rasta man uses. So Rasta men are people who live secluded in the rain forest and way up they have fields of crops they grow, including marijuana. They travel on foot through the rainforest and often come down to the town to sell their crops. They also don't necessarily believe in the law and they believe if anyone comes onto their land that they grow crops on and steals from them, they have the right to punish that person.
He pointed out trees and plants as we hike through explaining their significance. One has big roots with grooves that the rasta man uses for protection during bad weather. Another is the bwa bande tree. The locals brew this in tea or put the bark in with rum and it is a substitute for viagra!
We eventually came to one of the many rivers of Dominca where we rested and feasted on more fruit... fresh bananas, oranges, and watermelon.
On the hike back it started downpouring... we were soaked. We went to a local shack of a bar to see if we could buy some local rum to bring home as gifts for boyfriends. Totally moon shine... One had cinnamon soaking in the rum, the other had rosmary, and the third had bwa bande... the viagra substitute. My friends bought them. On the drive back we drank the strongest rum punch I've ever tasted in my life and the entire time the guide joked about the rum with Bwa bande... warning us of the use. No more than 2 shots at a time.... make sure you are with your boyfriend when he drinks it.... make sure the door is locked.... only let him have it if you are really going to.
Back at our cruise ship 1 hour before our late dinner...... ADVICE: IF YOU GO ON A CRUISE AND WANT TO DO EXCURSIONS I SUGGEST TAKING THE LATE DINNER SLOT! We all showered at warp speed and got dressed up for formal dinner night. The day was great and an island worth visiting! That night we also got to go to an X rated comedy show which was hilarious!