After staying one full day at Finca Lérida, it was time to stretch my legs and climb to the heights of the coffee plantation and wander through the various trails of this lush tropical site. The color green captured everything, then it gradually changed to blue (the sky) and purple (the mountains). The combination of colors which you can see from the trails is indescribable.
My guide and I started the mountain walk at eight o’clock sharp. Right after a quick breakfast. It was a bright sunny morning and the weather was fine, cool and brisk. The air was as fresh as it can possibly be; excellent for my lungs accustomed to the polluted air of the city.
Before I forget, the name of my informative guide is Edilberto González, but he prefers to be called Eddy. So Eddy it was during the four-hour tour.
After a few footsteps I was out of air. It’s amazing how lazy you become in the city. Automobiles, elevators, electric stairs, couches, television sets, and computers don’t cooperate in providing you with a healthy lifestyle. Eddy understood and stopped when he noticed I was gasping for air. I appreciated his patience.
Finca Lérida’s trails are surrounded by primary and secondary forests, where a variety of exotic animals and vegetation make their home. The perimeter of Finca Lérida borders the Amistad International Park (PILA), a natural reserve protected by both by Panama and Costa Rica that has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Finca Lérida’s hiking tours start at 7:30 a.m. (a hike lasts about 4 1/2 hours). The current fee per person is $53.50, tax included. It includes an interactive tour, a specialized guide and bottled water. During our tour we met two young women from Madrid, Spain (Concha and María) who were spending a day at the hotel. That afternoon they would fly to the sunny beaches of Bocas del Toro. They were both enthusiastic and talkative, so we chatted amicably along the way. It was a very warm and friendly experience, plus the information flowing out of Eddy’s head made the tour even more interesting.
Below are some of the pictures I shot while I hiked the trails together with Eddy, María and Concha. Here we go.
If you love nature and outdoor activities, please return tomorrow for more pictures of a tour to a cloud forest in Boquete. It’s dramatically different from what you see from your office window in a large urban center where cement, steel and glass asphyxiate your sight. Good Day.