Frequently Asked Questions
Why does TREE operate in the three countries of Belize, Guyana, and Jamaica?
TREE founder Jordan Flagel went to Jamaica during the middle of his last set of undergrad final exams (literally, for six days between his second and third tests). He had wanted to go since discovering Bob Marley's music in junior high school. Two years later, he had been back to the magical island five more times, making good friends and exploring the hidden beauty that only locals knew about. During this period Jordan had also spent six months living and working in the dense forests of Guyana, plus another six weeks conducting research in the same area for his master's thesis. After publishing his thesis he began working in the forests and islands of Belize. Two years of living in Belize, nearly eight months of living in Guyana, and many more trips to Jamaica led Jordan to one conclusion: he knew the ecology of these places, he wanted to spend more time in these countries, and he wanted to share his knowledge with others - all while promoting conservation, sustainable development, and cultural interaction. This conclusion eventually resulted in the creation of TREE, and for the time being these are the three places TREE operates within. The future may see expansion into Colombia, Panama, and Brazil, but not quite yet.
Which country is the best to experience?
This is a personal preference. BUT the best beaches and music come from Jamaica, though Belize has some amazing white sand spots and all three countries play Jamaican-heavy hits everywhere you go. Belize has the best snorkeling, free-diving, and reefs, not to mention some amazing waterfalls - though Jamaica has some nice waterfalls and Guyana has one of the biggest and most impressive ones in the world. Guyana is the most wild, the least touristy, and the most serene, though all three countries have natural beauty that will leave you impressed, no matter how many other places you've seen. In short: each offers a unique experience, but they are all awesome!
What is the food like?
The food is amazing - spicy, hearty, and full of love. In Jamaica it's rice & peas with jerk chicken or curry goat, ackee & saltfish with all the fixings, bammy bread, festival, bulla, and patties. Belize is rice & beans, coleslaw, potato salad, stew chicken, fry chicken, fry jacks, salbutes, tacos, tortillas, and the best hot sauce in the world. Guyana is cookup rice, curry chicken, roti, pouri, chana, cheeseflap, pinetart, chow mein, bake, pepperpot, and more curry.
What are the people like?
You can't generalize a whole country full of people - but when you generalize in a positive light most people seem to not mind as much. Some of the friendliest, funniest, most musically gifted, fun-loving, and helpful people live in Belize, Guyana, and Jamaica. This is especially true if you get off the tourist path and really get to know people.
Is there free time on TREE trips?
Of course. There will be plenty of time to explore on your own.
What is the difference between an Adventure Trip and a Luxury Trip?
The main difference is an upgrade in accommodations, with a slight difference in some specific meals (in certain areas) and flying instead of driving/boating to certain destinations (if desired).
How do TREE trips contribute to conservation?
1. Funding of Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), Kaieteur National Park, Iwokrama reserve, Blue Mountain reserve, and other protected areas.
2. Participation in locally owned and operated initiatives.
3. Focus on sustainability learning, ecological education, and implementing better practices.
Is there a minimum number of people needed to make a booking?
Only if you wish to book custom dates, in which case there is a minimum of two people needed to make a booking.
Is there a maximum number of participants for one trip?
Yes. In Belize the cap is 28 participants, in Guyana 12 participants, and Jamaica 16 participants.
What kind of insurance do I need?
Basic travel medical insurance will suffice. Trip cancellation insurance is encouraged but not mandatory.
Do I need a visa for entry into Belize, Guyana, or Jamaica?
If you are from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., or the E.U., a visa is not needed. If you are from another other country you most likely do not need one either, but check each country's travel website if you are unsure.
If you have a question you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-314-TREE