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“Throw away your previous impressions of Rastafarians”

Rastafari Indigenous Village
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US$445.00*
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3-days Jamaica Sightseeing Tour of Ocho Rios and...
Ranked #76 of 336 things to do in Jamaica
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

Forget what you think you know about Rastafarians and go visit the village and get the 2013 view. Some of the most insightful, intellectual people you will find. Well read and way ahead of the 'healthy' lifestyles Americans are adopting. Yes, they do have a very laid back lifestyle but they are also hard workers as they live off the land. Very welcoming and willing to share their philosophy on life. Something to think about and take back home after your vacation. About a 2-3 hour visit.

8  Thank traveljunkie_MO
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

From what I could gather, the actual village is behind the village they've built for tourists. You don't see the actual village. We thought we were visiting the real deal so that was disappointing but the experience was still very interesting.

Contact the village to book your visit. You meet at a garden center just down from the village. A member of the village meets you & guides you on a short, easy hike to the village. You'll cross a stream so wear something on your feet that you can wear in water.

During our visit, different village members explain Rastafarian history, beliefs & culture. You'll learn about & sample several fruits, vegetables & herbs. There's also a short drumming performance.

I was hoping to find authentic, original crafts made in the village. Unfortunately most items were what you'd find in any Jamaican market.

We were also hoping to see where they live, where they cook their food, hear more about their day to day life, etc but this was missing.

We brought teen children with us. They enjoyed their time in the village also.

The village hosts were very friendly & welcoming.

Overall, it was an interesting experience, a great way to learn about the Rastafarian culture. A few easy changes though could make the experience more authentic.

4  Thank Mappie
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

The people at the Rastafari village have decided to reach out to tourists to share their beliefs and generate some money, allowing the development and preservation of the community. We went there following the recommendation of the CCAT guides, with whom we just had a fabulous caving tour. I have to confess that I was a bit skeptical, expecting a bit of a tourist trap, but this was not the case at all. The whole experience felt very genuine and you will get out of it what you put in. We were there with 4 teenagers / young adults who engaged our guide in a long discussion about values and ethics, which resulted in a very interesting and eye-opening exchange of ideas.
Warmly recommended if you want to understand why Rastafarianism is more than dreadlocks and ganja smoking!

5  Thank Dominique050
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

It was a wonderful experience at the Rasta Village. The Village is location in the Porto Bello area in Montego Bay; about 20 minutes from the Sangsters International Airport.

It was a refreshing cultural experience. We started the experience with a briefing in the beautiful Montego River Gardens. We got a brief history of the believe of rastafarians and the struggles of the culture in Jamaica.

The journey to the village was quite interesting. We had to cross a river on our to the Village. We had to roll up our pants, take off our shoes and walk barefooted across the river. On route to the village we shown different fruit trees and plants. At the entrance we were again briefed on the rules governing the village. While in the village we were treated to coconut water while our guide explain more about the rastafarian culture and the important role of the fire; "fire key" in the culture. It is so important that persons are assigned in the village to ensure that the fire is never out.

We moved on to the Labryiath; a spiritual pilgramage then to the herb garden and then to the "Big Hut" to sing,play drums and chant with the Rastas. We were then had interactive discussions while being treated with fruits and if you want herb tea.

See picture of the village: http://blog.exploringjamaica.com/rastafari-indigenous-village/rasta-village/

5  Thank Hugh178
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

I Stayed at the Cedar Ridge Lodge in Montego Bay as well. The people there are affiliated with the Indigenous Rastafari Village which is fast evolving into a very unique community. Serving as a haven for those who seek to escape from the confines of any "concrete jungle", this community seeks to preserve a natural, instinctive way of life and the roots of Rastafarian heritage. Let me begin by saying that Cedar Ridge was an incredible hostel. The cost was very modest and I was impressed by the facilities. I felt completely at home during my stay(which wasn't very long) and was warmly received. While I spent a lot of time exploring the surrounding villages and other parts of the island, Cedar Ridge was home base and the people there truly made my experience an extraordinary one. I highly recommend a trip to 'Mo Bay" and a visit to Cedar Ridge as well as a tour of the Rasta Village. Best vacation ever!

Thank Matthew O
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