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Jamaica get first Unesco site

UNESCO, short for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization", has been contemplating adding new sites since June, 2014.  These sites have to meet 10 strict criteria to be considered and then included.

 
Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains have recently been chosen to join this prestigious group of international sites.  According to UNESCO, this site encompasses a rugged and extensively forested mountainous region in the south-east of Jamaica, which provided refuge first for the indigenous Tainos fleeing slavery and then offered the Maroons (former enslaved peoples) everything they needed for survival.  The Blue and John Crow National Park is a significant reservoir of bio-diversity in the Caribbean home to 800-plus endemic plants, the world's second largest butterfly and over 200 resident and migrant birds.
 
You can visit the Blue Mountains on a Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour from Kingston, Jamaica. The tour begins in the high elevations in the Blue Mountains on a road that has been referred to by the New York Times as  "One of the best scenic vistas in the Caribbean”.  It ends in a cascading waterfall where you can rejuvenate in the natural spring waters.


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