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#1 Jeff in Costa Rica

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:04 AM

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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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:07 AM

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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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:09 AM

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:17 AM

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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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:19 AM

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Looking over towards Quepos
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Native heliconias
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:20 AM

Unusual looking flowers
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Close up of the blue seeds
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:22 AM

Arriving at the entrance to the river trail
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:24 AM

Starting to hike the river trail
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:25 AM

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Asterogyne martiana
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Close up
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:26 AM

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:28 AM

Tree ferns
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More Asterogyne
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Unknown palm
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A. martiana
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:30 AM

Every surface is covered with living things
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Ornamental leaf
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Huge leaf
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:32 AM

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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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:34 AM

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Palm seeds
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The entire palm
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:36 AM

Another cool plant
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Close-up - it was fuzzy!
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:38 AM

This plant grows up tree trunks and has palmy looking leaves
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:40 AM

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Crecopia - favorite food of the Sloth
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:41 AM

The second waterfall
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:43 AM

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:45 AM

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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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:47 AM

Chamaedorea
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with seeds
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:49 AM

More Socratea (or Iriartea)
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:50 AM

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:52 AM

Cryosophila sp.
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and a smaller one next to the trail
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:54 AM

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:56 AM

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Another unknown palm
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with seeds
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:57 AM

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:59 AM

Asterogyne growing sideways from the steep embankment
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Another waterfall
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below the waterfall
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:02 PM

Flourescent green moss growing on this boulder
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Another A. martian - these palms were everywhere
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:04 PM

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Cool looking frog
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:05 PM

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:07 PM

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From the bridge - looking through the jungle back towards a waterfall
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:09 PM

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:11 PM

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:16 PM

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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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:13 PM

Thanks Jeff.. you get leeches there ?
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:27 PM

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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Posted 07 September 2009 - 04:28 PM

Splendid as always, Jeff! Tell us more!
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 04:44 PM

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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Posted 07 September 2009 - 05:07 PM

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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