Did the Waterfall Trek from Feb.22-24th and absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone. I became a real zip lining junkie, even though I had never done it before! There were 7 in our group, 4 of us including me, had booked 2 days before. As a group we all got on really well and the treehouses were awesome....the best bathrooms ever and nothing like having a shower overlooking the canopy of the jungle. The food was also very good, rice and veggies but all very delicious. My main complaint as is the case with most of the reviews were the guides. Velao and Gua did not speak good English (even though in the office they said that there were always 2 guides and one spoke very good English), this meant that there was no forthcoming info. on the jungle, it's animals, it's Eco system, the local people etc. At the centre, they showed us a Video on safety and the dos and donts of zip lining which was useful, and the guides backed this up on the first few zip lines until we had all got the hang of it. At the centre, the video, did a very brief explanation on the same video on the project and the gibbons, but the info. Was in the form of writing on the photos, which was up for all of 4 seconds, so for non English speakers, it was very difficult to read in time! There was a pie chart which gave information on where our money goes, but again, it was up for 4 seconds so you couldn't really absorb all the information. When you pay this amount of money, I personally wanted to come out of the experience more knowledgeable than when I started and unfortunately this was not the case.
There is more chance of hearing and seeing gibbons if you do the Classic Trek as the gibbons hang around treehouse 1,3 and 7. With the waterfall trek, you stay at tree houses 5 and 6. We didn't hear or see gibbons, and in fact saw no wildlife at all, which isn't surprising seeing as 16 people are using the same tracks everyday so the wildlife avoids these areas. So don't go on this if you are expecting to see wild life! On the waterfall trek, there is more chance of hearing or seeing the gibbons if you stay at treehouse 6 first, then do the second night at 5, as on the third day you get up at 5 am and trek to treehouse 3 and stand a chance of hearing the gibbons. If you stay at treehouse 5 the first night, then do the second night at 6, then you will not hear or see gibbons which was our case. However, the 3 days of trekking (more like 4/5 hours a day) was lovely and I was glad we stayed the extra night in the tree houses. Again tho, it kind of doesn't make sense to go deeper in the jungle, pay more money, and stand less of a chance of hearing or seeing gibbons! Fabulous experience tho, and the fact the guides left us in the afternoons to do all the loops around the treehouse ourselves, was awesome!
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