We pass only two homes, there are not many on the trail but then it is the home to many coffee fincas (plantations) and a lot of produce grows up there as well. It is a big disappointment that many trees have been cut down in the area and very displeasing to know it will continue, unfortunately. Three years ago when I began hiking in this area there was some clearing of land but not as much as now. It is very sad that this area will no longer be part of the rainforest in a few years. The Howler Monkey live on Cerro Horqueta every now and then, especially in the early morning or late afternoon they begin roaring, I wonder where they will be in years to come. This is also a wonderful birding area. Boquete Birders visit this area especially during the summer months.
It was cool and windy on Cerro Horqueta today. Two of the hikers were staying to the back walking slower than the rest of us. I stopped every now and then waiting for them as soon as I saw the red cap my friend was wearing, I continued on. I did mention to the group that if we could not stick together the last person would place an arrowhead at each fork on the trail indicating the path to take.
We stop at a house and visit a senora along the way this is where we always stop to rest and chit chat with her. Each of us takes a snack along for energy and water. We share our snack with her and the dog, although next time we will take dog food for her hungry dog. La senora tells us she does not walk down the mountain during the wet season and when it's very cold she doesn't cook either. We bid her farewell and continue on.
It was another great day for hiking. It took about three hours to hike on Cerro Horqueta, I can't wait to go again, but next we will hike up here in the summer, possibly in February when it is drier.
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