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The Blue Mountain Peak

Tuesday, October 16, 2012    

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RISING 2,256 metres above sea level, which is equivalent to 7,204 feet, is the Blue Mountain Peak, the highest point in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

At this point of the mountain the views seen are quite astonishing, Cuba 210 km away being right in eye's range.

The mountains were so named because from afar they to be blue.

The Blue Mountains is flanked by the John Crow Mountains on the east and the Port Royal Mountains on the West and spreads across St Mary, St Andrew, St Thomas and Portland.

The journey to the peak of the mountain may take the form of a hike — between three and six hours long — and is the best way for the sports enthusiasts who loves a challenge.

They will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery, and stunning vistas on the journey. The hikers will see a wide variety of wide life and flora and fauna, many of which can only be seen on the mountains.

The climate of the mountains allows for lush vegetation, over 500 flowering plant species with approximately 250 of them being indigenous to the island, and approximately 65 of these species being orchids.

The peak also has a wide variety of wildlife. It is the present home of the Jamaican Coney, the Jamaican Boa and huge numbers of the national bird of Jamaica, the humming bird.

But these mountains not only provide a safe haven for animals, they also provide a get-away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

They once provided safe haven for our African ancestors, who rebelled against Colonial rule during slavery.

And aside from just providing a safe haven, these mountains have quite fertile soil, being the best land for the growth of the world renowned Blue Mountain coffee. The coffee is a favourite of Jamaicans and visitors alike.

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