El Otro Varadero …. The Other Varadero – Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

El Otro Varadero …. The Other Varadero – Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

We had traveled into the town of Varadero and done the tourist shopping thing already so today the plan was to visit the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve on Varadero Peninsula. In stark contrast to the manicured lawns of the surrounding resort complexes, this bit of preserved natural habitat in the middle of the Varadero Peninsula offered us a look at “El Otro Varadero … the Other Varadero”. Continue reading

Gumbo-Limbo Trail – Everglades National Park

The Gumbo-Limbo Trail is accessed from the same parking lot as the Anhinga Trail but unlike the Anhinga Trail which heads out into open space, the Gumbo-Limbo Trail heads into the darker shadows of a forest canopy.

The Gumbo-Limbo tree has red, peeling bark when younger and a waxy red texture when older. It is sometimes called the Tourist Tree in reference to how its peeling bark might mimic the peeling skin of tourists who are exposed to too much sun.
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