We drove down a dirt road following the signs which were directing us to the Neo Fauna Tour.
The signs were brightly decorated with butterflies, and easy to follow.
Arriving at the reception site we met our guide Randall Valverde. Randall was very knowledgeable, and made us feel as though we were actually part of a television documentary.
The trail through the canopy, was rough in places, though well worth the effort. As we walked along our guide pointed out several types of trees, and discussed unique qualities of each one.
For example, there was a type of tree I kept seeing around the countryside which was used as a fence row, and seemed to be deliberately planted as such. Turns out this tree keeps away certain pests.
Next, a plant growing close to the ground which looked like a fern, was pointed out. We were advised that we may want to video at this point. When the plant was touched, the leaves closed
We took the trail to a waterfall which was running a little slow due to the time of year. None the less it was very interesting.
All along the trail there were so many interesting things to see, insects, birds, spiders, termite nests, and more.
When returning to the reception area, we went into the butterfly enclosure, and saw several examples. Randall discussed the life cycle, and mating habits of the creatures.
He also held a beautiful blue butterfly in his hand and different to differente the sex.
As we moved through, we came to what I call the nursery. There several cocoons were pinned to a wooden rack.The color, and look of the cacoon, denoted the type of butterfly which was growing inside. One was carefully brought down for us to touch. We could feel the butterfly moving inside, what a wonderful and educational experience.
When we left the butterfly area, we went to a viewing area where we saw small red frogs who had skin which was toxic and deadly to humans. We saw both dangerous vipers like the Ferdelance snake, and more harmless Boas. There was a great explanation and discussion on the type of head that a snake has, and how to tell if they were dangerous.
There was a bright yellow snake which looked like a bananna, and a thin black snake which looked like a whip.
This was a wonderful learning experience for both young and old alike, which I would highly recommend.
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