October 28, 2011 3:32:29 PM PDT
I went through an interesting experience some of years ago working as a bus driver in Costa Rica when traveling with a group of 16 people.
It was in July which is rainy season, and we were in the northern part of the country.
We only had 3 days out of a 10 days programmed trip when a lady came to me and expressed her discontent due to the amount of rain we were having at that time. She told me “Wilson, if this rain does not stop right now, I will return to my country tomorrow morning. I do not want to waste my vacation time in a place like this”. Unfortunately for her it was not Hollywood, there was no button to push.
The rain forest is humid. Tall, broad-leaved evergreen trees are the dominant plants, forming a leafy canopy over the forest floor. Taller trees, called emergents, may rise above the canopy. The upper portion of the canopy often supports a rich flora of epiphytes, including orchids, bromeliads, mosses, and lichens, who live attached to the branches of trees. The undergrowth or understory in a rainforest is often restricted by the lack of sunlight at ground level, and generally consists of shade-tolerant shrubs, herbs, ferns, small trees, and large woody vines which climb into the trees to capture sunlight. The relatively sparse under story vegetation makes it possible for people and other animals to walk through the forest. In deciduous and semi-deciduous forests, or forests where the canopy is disturbed for some reason, the ground beneath is soon colonized by a dense tangled growth of vines, shrubs and small trees called jungle.
The temperature ranges from 20°C to 45°C and 125 to 660 cm of rainfall yearly.
Let’s get a little wet, let’s go to see the beauty of The Rain Forest!
This post was edited by Wilson Rojas at October 28, 2011 3:33:55 PM PDT