Hiking at Rambala

One morning a small group of us set off for a hike in the jungle, led by the caretaker and hiking guide Javier. He has made a path up behind the main grounds of the Rambala Jungle Lodge that leads through the jungle and up to the top of the hill. I thought this was a wonderful experience guided by someone who not only has a lot of knowledge, but a great love for the jungle and everything that lives there. Again, photos can only give you the barest idea of what it really feels like to be out there.

We probably spent a couple hours hiking, a lot of it climbing up muddy, rocky paths. I am so glad for my good hiking shoes and the hours on the bicycle. My legs held up fine. My poor old knees weren’t so happy for a couple days but nothing major.

I’m so lucky to be here. I could have stayed in the US and worked another 10+ years. By then I probably couldn’t do these things. I also wouldn’t have met Javier, who will be the subject of my next post.

And to close, check out the leaf cutter ants at work. Apologies for the video quality. I had my Nikon which is not made for video work. The first bit is them climbing down a vine, then they are going through the leaves, and in the last bit they are heading up the other side by the path.

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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6 Responses to Hiking at Rambala

  1. N5PIX says:

    What a fun trip!


  2. Linda y says:

    What a great post Kris. I am so happy for you to be doing what you love!
    I loved the video of the leaf cutter ants.
    How wonderful.
    Thanks so much!


    • Thanks! I’m really glad you enjoyed it.
      The leaf cutter ants are so interesting, until you see your shrubbery walking down the street 😀 Even then, they are unique in their way of living. I’ve watched them in my yard and there are cutting specialists and carrying specialists. Eric pointed out that the carrying ants also have little cleaner ants with them to be sure they don’t carry any parasites or bad things back into the nest.
      There is no end of interesting critters in the tropics.


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