I took the Rainforest Aerial Tram tour, the one that is 70 minutes in a tram traversing the different layers of the rainforest and offers a lunch. This was a bucket list item for me and it totally met my expectations! It was a longish ... Read More
I took the Rainforest Aerial Tram tour, the one that is 70 minutes in a tram traversing the different layers of the rainforest and offers a lunch. This was a bucket list item for me and it totally met my expectations! It was a longish drive to the site, but the bus was very comfortable with plenty of leg room and also a restroom on board. The guide on the bus was fantastic! He shared so many interesting things about his country, and his life. He brought a banana tree pod on board, and showed us the tiny, unformed flowers that will grow into bananas. He also had a big cocoa pod, and opened it and showed us the cocoa seeds. We could taste them if we wanted, and I did. You suck it, but don't eat the seed. It tasted unexpectedly citrus-y and sweet. The bus ride was actually a highlight of the excursion. When we got to the rainforest center, our guide for the tram ride was highly knowledgable and was able to tell us the scientific and common name of every single plant. I was astounded to see single leaves as big as a door! Every branch of every tree was a miniature garden, filled with symbiotic plants growing on it. There are insects called Bullet Ants, that are about 3 inches long and so toxic that, if they bite you, you can be sick for several days! There is just too much information to include in a review, but it was fantastic! He pointed out some monkeys high on a branch. Other people in the tram saw them, but they were so well camouflaged, I couldn't make them out even though I knew I was looking right where they were! We saw several Toucans and I saw a Blue Morpho butterfly. I want to live in the rainforest….well, except for the Bullet Ants, and the snakes of course, and the huge spider we saw, and naturally the jaguars.
The lunch at the end of the tour was great too. It was in a courtyard and featured native foods, such as rice and beans, fried plantains, chicken, tomatoes, fresh fruit, and hearts of palm. They had a variety of native juices to drink. I had something called Soursop, which looked like skim milk, was not sour, but had a clean sweet-tart taste. This was an excellent excursion!! Read Less