This cultural theme park is dedicated to the cultural contribution of Rastafari to Jamaica.
The Rastafarian Indigenous Village is a space that will showcase the life,
skills and experiences of our people. Visitors can take a tour of the village
to learn about the ways of Rastafari, participate in organic farming, and learn
to make traditional crafts or receive lessons in music. Visitors, including
residential guests, are encouraged to interact and participate with the
Villagers while remaining respectful of principles, relationships, and private
The tours begin in the Tropical Gardens on the Montego River, just outside of Montego Bay. You will be lead from here through a shallow river into the village. As you approach you'll hear
the drumming and chanting getting louder.
On the tour you'll be told about
Rastafarian life including the principles of living in harmony with nature and
the role of Hailie Selassie. The chef then gives a tour of the village kitchen,
showing the vegetables, herbs and spices used in Rastafarian cooking, showing
the nutritional and culinary importance of each ingredient.
You will also be given a tour of
the village herb library where your guide will explain the medicinal properties
of the many herbs grown there and, in some cases, those which scientists are
beginning to investigate for their use in scientific remedies.
The village also has a meditative labyrinth you can walk around and engage in your own private
The tour ends on a musical note
with a traditional drum and chanting session in the centre of the village.
Herbal tea and fresh fruits are served to you whilst you listen. You may even
be invited to join the drummers at the end of the session.
Traditional jewellery, clothing and herbal remedies are made and sold in the village.