Rica Tour and Panama Cruise with CruiseWest
Rain Forest Aerial
Tram - Text and Photos by Jack
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CANyon" is where GPS signals couldn't be received on a fairly treacherous
road across the Continental Divide.
The tram cable rollers are spaced at two levels
on the towers which were installed from helicopters so as not to
disturb the plants around them. On the ride out, the tram travels
near the forest floor for a good view of the plants and (sometimes) animals.
The light on the forest floor is so dim, it's hard to take photographs.
The trip back is at a much higher level where we mostly traveled along
the forest canopy. At the end of the tram ride, we had a nice
lunch and then took a hike through part of the rain forest for some interesting
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thumbnails for larger views
Garmin track of the
drive over the Continental Divide from InBio to the Rain-Forest Tram.
CenRut map showing
the GPS losing lock in the deep canyons. Contour lines superimposed
on road map with PhotoShop.
The Magellan track
on the contours indicates a maximum of about 5,200 feet.
Tram car "in flight".
The guide sits in
the "back seat".
Plants along the
A narrow cut for
the tram travel
Another car follows.
On the way back,
we are looking at the top of the forest canopy.
In the third frame
is an example of a tree plant that drops its roots down for 100 feet or
A buffet lunch at
the end of the tram ride.
The Greens and the
Interesting red flower
during a walk through the rain Forest.
traveling along the forest floor to their ant hill.
Leaf-cutter ant hill
-about 5 feet tall! The ants have to gather about 25 pounds of leafs
a day to make a fungus that they can eat. See: http://www.blueboard.com/leafcutters/what.htm
This plant mimics
a predator that likes to eat a bug that likes to eat the plant!
The incredible Walking
Tree which can move up to 3cm a year to find more sunlight in the rain
forest by adding and subtracting roots.
Tram car making a
"U-turn" at the lower end.