Not all who wander are lost....
Wanderlust Trails Jamaica is a local hiking tours and adventures company that is the brain child of hiking and wellness enthusiasts Shaun Davis, Ashtan Ferguson, Sheldon Harper and Ramon Powell.
After noticing that they spent an inordinate amount of time hiking every weekend; an Eureka moment struck and the birth of the touring company emerged. What initially began as a weekend hobby to de-stress and quench the groups’ thirst for adventure and beautiful scenery; has now blossomed and evolved into one of Jamaica’s premier hiking tours company that caters to both local and international clientele. The group has been the choice company for international singer and reality tv star, Johnni Blaze and local media personality and blogger extraordinaire, Chelan; who sought the groups’ input and guidance for a beautiful locations for the sets of their productions.
My own personal experience with Wanderlust Trails Ja began during its infancy stage approximately 2 years ago when members of the group invited me to experience the arduous trek to Hollywell National Park.
Being as out of shape and weighed down by my winter coat (aka fat) as I was (and still am), I must say I was a bit hesitant. Especially when you add the fact that I am flat footed, I was like…. ‘Whew this is gonna hurt!’ Nevertheless, I went for what promised to be a thrilling experience.
Let me just start by saying that the hike for me was quite hard. My little lazy butt was really put to the test and challenged every step of the way. I wanted to quit so many times it’s not funny. I literally kept telling them to leave me behind and pick me up on the way back down. True story! I stopped so many times and was honestly the slowest member of my travel group that day.
But the members of the Wanderlust Trails Ja group were so accommodating and patient. Sticking with the no man or woman left behind mentality; a guide is with you every step of the way. No matter how slow you go (and trust me I was sloooooooow!), someone was there to usher me along.
I also appreciated the fact that they had a good amount of scheduled rest stops (even though I snuck in like 50 more), so you could catch your breath, rest your legs and replenish your depleted energy stores. Those were most definitely needed. And you know what happened in the end? ….. I made it! I actually made it to the destination unscathed. I don’t know where I got the energy from but I literally made a beeline to the end of the trek when it came into view.
Overall, the climb was hard, rough and full of challenges for me. But once I made it to the end; it was EUPHORIC. I felt accomplished and the group congratulated me on a job well-done. The hike was so thrilling with the Wanderlust Trails Jamaica group that I’ve even returned for another few goes. Struggling each time, but improving as I go along.
The Wanderlust Trails Jamaica experience is truly a delightful one. A day of brilliant adventure, coupled with breathtaking views, amazing tour guides and immersion and re-discovery of nature and God’s gifts to mankind. It is truly one that I wholeheartedly recommend. A true authentic Jamaican experience that will keep you going back.