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Ay-Ay Eco Hike & Tours: Educational Walking Tours — Cultural-Historical-Ethno-Botanical

Ras Lamumba is a master Gardner, Herbalist, Naturalist, and EnvironmentalistRas Lamumba is a master Gardner, Herbalist, Naturalist, and Environmentalist. In 1978, Ras Lamumba began conducting tours, teaching gardening and the use of medicinal plants of the Rain Forest. Each Eco Hike will include a rambling informal lecture based on the species actually encountered, their properties (both actual and legendary) and the Latin names as well as the more colorful appellations by which they are known in the Caribbean. You will also get a bit of history and island culture and folklore as Ras Lamumba traverses the hiking paths. Click on the following link for more Eco Hikes and Tours by Ras Lamumba.



You will also see the
old Lighthouse on top of Ham’s Bluff, the only one left in the entire U.S. Virgin Islands.
In this area you will see or hear rare birds such as Bridled Quail doves, Caribbean
Elaenia, & Black Whiskered Vireo. The scenery is breathtaking.
Maroon Ridge Hike

Maroon Ridge or Maroonberg is located high on the scenic ridge northeast of Ham's Bluff. There was a Maroon community established in St. Croix in the 17th century. Although there were no population figures on the size of the community, the fact that the run-away slaves were able to set up a community on an island of 84 square miles in size, and within five miles of colonial government fortifications and garrisons, points to the daring and resistance of the enslaved blacks.


Eco Walk is Moderate to Strenuous
Total Time is 3 ½ Hours
Cost: $50 Adults (includes transportation)
Minimum number: 10
Maximum number: 50


An exceptional area of St. Croix is the Northwest environment. Hiking down the mountainside to Annaly Bay is fairly steep and rocky in some areas.
The environment encompasses a moist forest, valleys, slopes, rocky shoreline, and small and large tidal pools or saltwater baths.
Annaly Bay—Eco Hike & Talk

An exceptional area of St. Croix is the Northwest environment. Here, the natural and cultural history of the island comes alive. Hiking down the mountainside to Annaly Bay is fairly steep in some areas. The environment encompasses a moist forest, valleys, slopes, rocky shoreline, and small and large tidal pools or saltwater baths.


The fertile valley of St. Croix's tallest mountains, Blue Mountain to the East and Mount Eagle to the north, this area was heavily forested with giant tropical trees.
St. Croix's giant tropical trees, such as Saman, Tibit and Tamarind.
Estate Hermitage & Parasol Mill

Located in the fertile valley of St. Croix's tallest mountains, Blue Mountain to the East and Mount Eagle to the north, this area was heavily forested with giant tropical trees which were cleared to make way for sugar production. See the remaining herds of locally-bred Senopol Cattle grazing in the old sugar plantation and see examples of tropical trees such as Saman, Tibit and Tamarind, The hike meanders along the fertile lush valley to one of the largest man made ponds on the island.


 

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