Pole 20 Gomez Crown Trace, Brasso Seco, Paria
Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.

Tel: (868) 622-8826
Fax: (868) 628-1525
Email: rooks@pariasprings.com Web: www.pariasprings.com

Trinidad Eco/Adventure FAM Trip

Dear Colleague,

Paria Springs Eco-Community and the Tourism and Industrial Development Company of Trinidad & Tobago (TIDCO), in partnership with NaTour Communications in the U.S., cordially invite you to join our Familiarization Tour of Trinidad to see and experience a glimpse of the island’s Eco and Adventure offerings. The FAM takes place between October 27 and November 3, 2004, throughout the island.

We currently have openings for a number of FAM trips, which have been kindly supported by TIDCO, Paria Springs and a number of local partners. These will be wholly subsidized with round trips from Port of Spain; just as importantly, a number of international round-trip air tickets are also available for qualifying operators and media. Visit www.natour.us/trinidad for more information on the specific itinerary.

If you haven’t added Trinidad and Tobago to your program itinerary, picture these enticing visions:

  • Kayaking along a serene river under impossibly long bamboos creating a living archway…
  • Rugged, tough, sweat-inducing hikes to mountaintops covered in impenetrable rainforest…
  • Taking an easy walk in a river to a waterfall that looks like it came out of a Disney movie…
  • Mountain biking down forest trails so fast that your eyes dilate as the adrenaline pumps, or riding easily along coastal country roads with palms swaying in the soothing Caribbean breezes…
  • Birding where the birds are purple, scarlet, aquamarine – enough colors to make a rainbow blush.

Trinidad’s eco-adventure product is diverse, as is its geography and natural history. Once a part of South America, Trinidad and Tobago are by far the most biodiverse Caribbean Islands. Here tree ferns, mosses and other plants seem stuck in an evolutionary time warp that has seen the dinosaurs come and go, but live with newly evolved flowering plants, together forming ancient yet modern rainforests. Savannas abut Marsh Forests, next to Seasonal Lowlands, Semi Deciduous Forests, Swamps and much more, setting the stage for mind-bending birding, mountain biking, hiking and more.

And don’t forget diverse cultures from Europe, Africa, India, China and Native America, blending into a unique culture that has spawned Calypso, Steel Drumming, Limbo and a host of other world-famous festivities that make your spine tingle with rhythm. Our culture culminates in our carnival which is touted as the greatest show on earth, with good reason. It is said that Trinidadians did not invent the party, but that we perfect every day.

Another aspect to the FAM Tour is the 2004 Shandy Carib International Surfing Classic & Adventure Festival, which is in it fourth very successful year and will attract many participants and fans globally. This is the Caribbean’s premiere adventure festival, combining surfing, mountain biking and other adventure events and has several clear goals:

  1. Development and promotion of Trinidad and Tobago as the Caribbean’s premiere eco/adventure destination, with the eastern half of Trinidad’s Northern Range as the crown jewel.
  2. Development and promotion of adventure sports like surfing, mountain biking and adventure racing in Trinidad and Tobago.
  3. Assisting local community-based organizations, NGOs and tourism providers in the development and promotion of eco/adventure tourism and conservation.

With more than 40 years combined experience in this industry, Paria Springs Eco-Community is a leader and founder of ecotourism in Trinidad and Tobago, pioneering mountain biking, hiking and birding trails, and developing community-based ecotourism activities with local benefits. We are willing to offer specialist packaged tours in Mountain Biking, Hiking and Birding, or multi-activity tours that can include Kayaking, Diving, Snorkeling and much more. All tours and packages are based on the tenants of ecotourism, which means they have strong cultural components and localized benefits.

We’re sure you’ll find the itinerary a unique mix of adventure, eco and cultural tourism offerings, and we hope you’ll be just as excited to experience Trinidad in person, and in turn offer this to your clients or readers.

With the end of October just around the corner, we urge you to contact us at your soonest convenience to indicate your interest in the FAM trip. Please copy each of us in your correspondence so that we can address your questions in a timely fashion:

Courtenay Rooks, Paria Springs Eco-Community, rooks@pariasprings.com
Jeremy Garrett, NaTour Communications, Jeremy@natour.us

Thank you again for your interest, and we hope to see you in Trinidad in October!

Courtenay Rooks
Paria Springs Managing DirectorSponsored by Tourism and Industrial Development Company of Trinidad & Tobago (TIDCO)

Sponsored by Tourism and

Industrial Development Company

of Trinidad & Tobago (TIDCO)

Trinidad & Tobago

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