Jungle hike in the Gandoca wildlife refuge

A private wildlife refuge means you need a guide to walk the trails anywhere but by the coast. Florentino aka Tino is one of the best. Safety conscious (three reasons you don’t grab a tree to balance) and knew where to find the creatures and all about the plants.

Travelexperta summarises this refuge well.

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Velcro plant

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Wineglass fungus

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Walking palm moves to the sun and can move up to a metre a year by growing new roots and discarding the ones it no longer needs

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Decorative vine

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Diversity of flora

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Golden orb spider – it tickles

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Macho tree

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Another reason not to grab the plants

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Giant millepede

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Leafcutter ants form highways and mark them with pheromones for their colony to follow

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Crayfish pot

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Magnetic sand

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Noni has many health qualities but stinks like blue cheese

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rhinoceros beetle – dead

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the fauna changed many times on the walk. We went through virgin jungle and some secondary which had been cocoa plantation

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River crossing. Well a creek really but take your boots off deep

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Stinging nettle big leaves but hairs not as aggressive as New Zealand’s ongaonga

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Little snake

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Crab claw helicona

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Leafcutter ant colony. We saw several of these and they are huge

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Coastal aspect of the jungle

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Huge tree buttress – like a wall

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Tino our guide

Tino our guide

The poisonous eyelash viper

The poisonous eyelash viper

deadly and well camoflaged fer-de-lance

Brown eyelash viper

Macheting the branches that overhang path to make safe

Macheting the branches that overhang path so snakes and bullet ants can’t hide in them making it safe for passers by

Tattoo plant

Tattoo plant

Can't remember what this insect is. It flies and is dusty

Can’t remember what this insect is. It flies and is dusty

Deadly well camouflaged fer-de-lance

Deadly well camouflaged fer-de-lance

Strangler fig tree has killed its host tree and now stands on its own

Strangler fig tree has killed its host tree and now stands on its own

Rasta tree

Rasta tree

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