The cultural and natural heritage of the Blue and John Crow Mountains comprises 26,252 ha of tropical, montane rainforest within the larger Blue Mountain and John Crow Mountain ranges, located in the eastern part of Jamaica in the Caribbean.
Jamaica now joins the list of iconic sites such as the Great Wall of China, The Pyramids of Giza Egypt , The Taj Mahal of India and Acropolis of Athens, Great Barrier Reef Australia, as well as the Pitons in St. Lucia, among others.
Jamaica best known as the birthplace of reggae legend Bob Marley and the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt is now the 12th Caribbean destination with a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The site encompasses a rugged and extensively forested mountainous region in the south-east of Jamaica, which provided refuge first for the indigenous Tainos fleeing slavery and then for Maroons (escaped African slaves). They resisted the European colonial system in this isolated region by establishing a network of trails, hiding places and settlements, which form the Nanny Town Heritage Route. The forests offered the Maroons everything they needed for their survival. They developed strong spiritual connections with the mountains, still manifest through the intangible cultural legacy of, for example, religious rites, traditional medicine and dances.
The Blue John Crow Mountains National Park is located in the eastern end of the island. Its Jamaica's largest conversaion area is ideal for nature lovers wanting to hike and picnic in the lush forest boasting the 7,402 foot Blue Mountain Peak.