Private Grenada's Spice Route
Private Grenada's Spice Route
This very special private, half-day tour will give you an intimate look beyond the traditional tourist side of the island of Grenada and its landscape, people, and products. You will soon discover for yourself why the island is referred to as "The Island of Spice".
Begin your day with a comfortable, 45-minute drive along the picturesque west coast that takes you to the fishing town of Gouyave. Pass by the modern Nutmeg Processing Station, one of the largest nutmeg processing factories on the island and where most of the island's spices are processed for export.
Your first stop on this exclusive spice tour will be the Dougaldston Estate. Down a bumpy, road you soon step back in time as this spice estate comes into view. Here you will see the real world of spices and be immersed in a time when this plantation was alive with the daily activity of what this island came to be known for. You will visit the boucan, a building with huge drying trays on rails that can be rolled under the building if it rains. Depending on the time of year, you may find mace, cocoa, cinnamon, pimento, or cloves out drying. Inside the building, you'll be led to a table where you will be invited to "scratch 'n sniff" the leaves of various spices and guess what they are. Whole spices are available for purchase. Douglaston will introduce most of Grenada's spices to you and will leave you pondering the past and present realities of life of those whose living depends - depended on this branch of agriculture which is so peculiarly Grenadian.
Driving up into the hills, you will visit the Belvedere Plantation, nestled in the cool of the mountains. Here, you can see one of the island's prime exports as the climate is ideal for producing bananas. To a greater extent than in most West Indian islands, Grenada's arable land is divided into small holdings on which peasant proprietors cultivate diversified crops. Because of these small holdings and the generally hilly terrain, mechanical tilling is rare. The major agricultural export crops are cocoa, nutmeg, mace and bananas.
Continue driving through the lush volcanic mountains to the Grand Etang Forest Reserve, where a photo stop will be taken at Grand Etang Crater Lake. Time will also be taken to see if we can attract some of the local mona monkeys, which are unique to Grenada in the Western Hemisphere. You will also make a photo stop at the beautiful and picturesque cascading Concord Falls.
This private tour option affords you a very up-close and personal look into Grenadian life and what makes this beautiful island so special.
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