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Topes de Collantes

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The north side of this long mountain ridge region catches the full benefit of the moisture coming in off the Caribbean, and this is the lushest part of the Topes de Collantes park. Three peaks stop the clouds, the tallest, San Juan peak, is 1,140 metres, and these are the end points for many of the walkers who hike though the verdant north ridge forests.

Moisture means rivers which carve up the landscape, creating grottos over which waterfalls plunge, ending in clear natural pools, the kind of idyllic looking sites the holiday brochure makers love. These pools and riversides are lined with unusual ferns and colourful orchids, under tall pines and poking out from a mass of wild plantains, bananas and eucalypts. Coffee growers have long fought back the natural greenness with their organised crops, along which the hummingbirds swoop – not that they need any coffee.

Written by  Emilie Stokes.

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