New Eco Reserve

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Yesterday I was invited to visit and take a tour of a new Eco Reserve just outside of Quepos. A friend from our local palm society bought 700 acres of rainforest at the foothills of the mountains. There are trails along the river that lead to waterfalls and a trail that leads up to the top of the mountain. We walked the river trail yesterday which leads to a couple different waterfalls on the property. We stopped and had a picnic lunch, then took a swim in the river.

Here we are after turning off the main road and heading inland towards the mountains.

Dirt road through the African Oil Palm Plantations.

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Narrow bridge - our tires scraped along the sides while crossing

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Arriving at the old abandoned lodge. We used this as home base.

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Orchid

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We stopped to check out this waterfall. We came back here later for our picnic and a swim

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Tree fern and Crecopia in the sunlight

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Ornamental plant I found blooming

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We drove up to this lookout point to get a view of the Pacific

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Looking over towards Quepos

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Native heliconias

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Unusual looking flowers

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Close up of the blue seeds

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Arriving at the entrance to the river trail

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Starting to hike the river trail

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Asterogyne martiana

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Close up

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Tree ferns

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More Asterogyne

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Unknown palm

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A. martiana

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Every surface is covered with living things

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Ornamental leaf

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Huge leaf

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Growing along the river

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Part of the trail

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Unusual looking plant

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The river

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Palm seeds

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The entire palm

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Another cool plant

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Close-up - it was fuzzy!

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This plant grows up tree trunks and has palmy looking leaves

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Crecopia - favorite food of the Sloth

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The second waterfall

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These are either Socratea or Iriartea fronds. The only way I can tell them apart is by looking at the stilt roots (which I couldn't see)

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Chamaedorea

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with seeds

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More Socratea (or Iriartea)

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Cryosophila sp.

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and a smaller one next to the trail

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Another unknown palm

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with seeds

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Asterogyne growing sideways from the steep embankment

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Another waterfall

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below the waterfall

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Flourescent green moss growing on this boulder

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Another A. martian - these palms were everywhere

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Cool looking frog

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From the bridge - looking through the jungle back towards a waterfall

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Heliconia pogonantha

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Cacao - we stopped and picked some fruit to eat

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Internet is getting slow right now, I will post the rest of the photos later...

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Thanks Jeff.. you get leeches there ?

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Wow, what a tropical palm fantasy! 700 acres of Costa Rican rainforest with waterfalls!

Thanks for all the great photos!

Did the new owner mention what the plans for the property are?

A friend from our local palm society bought 700 acres of rainforest at the foothills of the mountains. There are trails along the river that lead to waterfalls and a trail that leads up to the top of the mountain. We walked the river trail yesterday which leads to a couple different waterfalls on the property.
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Splendid as always, Jeff! Tell us more!

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Wow Jeff Thanks for posting all the photos. Kinda reminds me of a place we went to called "Rainmaker Mountain" nearby.

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Jeff- I avoided this thread as long as I could.... I glanced at first and it just made me REALLY want to go back to Costa Rica!! (Yep, I know I think I have a standing invite with you to visit. :) )

But I couldn't do it. Had to look. THANKS, I love it. You are a lucky man!!

PS- Didn't you start a thread on this place just "starting up" a while back?

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