Heading to the hills

Heading to the hills

At Palmer Norte we debated our next bus journey. Back up the coast for more of the same or inland to visit the cloud forests. We decided after a week of pristine beaches and temperatures in the high 30’s we needed cool air and exercise.

From the tiny village of San Gerardo de Rivas the road leads up the valley to both the Chirripo National Park and the privately owned Cloudbridge reserve.

This is Cloud Forest landscape – where the humidity comes from the clouds drifting through the tree-tops rather than any rain. There were trails to walk, cold streams to swim in and beautiful forest-clad hills to photograph.

Roger on the trail up through the Chirripo National Park
Hilary cooling off at the private Cloudbridge reserve. 50,000 trees have been replanted here since it was established by Ian and Genevieve Giddy. They visited the area in 2002, spotted the de-forestation and decided to buy the land.

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