Cloud Forest we love you!

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Trip End Apr 30, 2011


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Flag of Panama  , Chiriquí,
Thursday, June 3, 2010

We have spent the last couple of days doing some treks around the local area. On the first day, we we took advantage of Los Quetzales' free guided walk in the cloud forest. The drive to the starting point was in what looked like a golf cart, albeit a 4wd model which is just as well as the road soon deteriorated into a moon crater! We ascended above the village of Guadalupe into the forest. Alongside the track grew an attractive plant with small variagated leaves and purple flowers which we have seen in shops in the UK. We walked two trails in Volcan Baru National Park, Sendero de las Tres Cascadas and Sendero de las Minas.

The first trail was pretty steep and involved lots of scrambling over mossy roots and rocks, and under fallen trees. At points, the trees would thin out allowing views across the valley to distant hills. Before long we reached the three waterfalls and then followed the trail along the river, crossing and re-crossing at shallow points. The second trail was more easy going and led us to a lovely waterfall.

The next day we visited Parque Internacional La Amistad, a world heritage listed protected area in the Talamanca mountains that straddles the border of Panama and Costa Rica. The park is easily reached from Las Nubes ranger station. Here we trekked all three trails: La Cascada, El Retono and Panama Verde. All were very scenic, especially La Cascada which climbed to 2500 metres and then dropped sharply into a steep sided valley at the foot of which was yet another equally beautiful waterfall.
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