Our day begins with a rather short but beautiful 30 minutes drive onboard air-conditioned transportation to Cedar Valley Ranch, a privately owned property. The tour will be an expedition into the Tropical Rain Forest. We will admire some vistas of the Banano River as we ride towards the forest and before the actual journey begins.
Our vehicle is a specially designed jitney for passengers pulled by a tractor. It has an individual suspension system for each row of seats to further enhancement of comfort during the ride. It also features a secure system of disc brakes, and independent emergency brake. The wagon also has a clear see-thru roof and clear side curtains in case of rain that are rolled up during the ride.
Once in the Rain Forest, guests will enjoy all the different shades of green that the human eye can see. The ride goes past some beautiful river views before entering the tall galleries of the forest. Gigantic bamboos welcome the visitors as they go deeper in the woods. A stop is made to allow guests a short and easy walk to enjoy a close-up of the different species of plants, trees and birdlife.
From the jitney or during the short walk, guests are very likely to see the famous inch-long poisonous dart-arrow frogs. Two species are commonly found in this area, one with black/blue legs and red body or the neon-green with black spots one. They are harmless and their venom is for the predators that may try to eat them.
During the expedition, a stop is made at a breathtaking lookout point, where pictures are a must-have. In addition, a flat and very easy all-metal panoramic sky bridge over the rainforest is the perfect opportunity to see part of the canopy of trees before returning to the ranch.
Nice fresh tropical fruits, bottled water and handcrafts are available at the end of our expedition.
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