The National Trust of the Cayman Islands is a non-profit organisation which works to preserve and protect natural environments and places of historic significance in the Cayman Islands. In their efforts to raise public awareness of the need to preserve these places and creatures, they run a couple of guided walks:
The Mastic Reserve on Grand Cayman protects part of the largest contiguous area of untouched, old growth dry forest remaining on the island. This area and other similar expanses of forest in Cayman are of international significance representing some of the last remaining examples of the Caribbean's dry, subtropical, semi deciduous dry forest, which have been the target of particularly intense deforestation throughout the West Indies.
The Mastic Trail is 2.3 miles long and it should take approximately two and a half to three hours to walk it. We strongly recommend taking an informative guided tour with The National Trust who will bring the trail to life for you. The tour guides will be able to point out fascinating animal life that you otherwise might miss such as parrots, hermit crabs, reptiles and may bird species. The guides also have interesting anecdotes about the geological history, the trees, plants, orchids, birds and the various ecosystems, including the impact of Hurricane Ivan.
Guided hikes with a trained naturalist take place Tuesday to Friday and by arrangement on the weekends. KYD$24 per person and KYD$12. For children the minimum recommended age is ten years. Call for reservations, meeting time and directions. (345) 749 1124 or click here for more information.
Learn more about the endangered Blue Iguanas that are native to the Cayman Islands. During the tour you will learn about the history and habits of these beautiful creatures as well as the important conservation work that is going on. There are plenty of opportunities to take some great photos too!
A one and a half hour fully guided tour that takes you behind the scenes at the captive breeding facility to meet the endangered Blue Iguanas. Monday –Saturday, 11am at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. KYD$24 (includes admission to the Park). Tickets available at the Park Gate, reservations are not required. Call Fred Burton (345) 916 2418 or click here for more information.