What's better than one hike in the United States' only tropical rainforest? Two hikes! So after my short trek on the Arboles Grandes Trail, John and I headed to the Mt. Britton Trail.
blue milkweed beetle, which is only supposed to be found in western North America.
cloud forest. There's less sound than lower down where the birds are more active. And certainly lower visibility. Truly a different world.
stick insect. And sure enough, we did.
Juan Diego Falls. After finishing Mt. Britton Trail we had some time left before I needed to get back to catch my flight home, so John decided we could squeeze this in. The trail to it is short, but not really marked. I would never have gotten to experience this spot on my own.
Cecropia leaf capturing a variety of hues on a single palette, and we were done. We crammed in so much in such a short time -- just four hours in the forest -- that it was hard to get my brain around it all. But thankfully I have my photos to help reinforce the amazing memories of it all. :)