Although the hiking trail was wet and, in some places, very slippery and muddy, there were lots of interesting things to see as we trekked.
One interesting tree was the ceiba tree or Ceiba pentandra which had very thorny bark.
We also noticed that many trees had buttress roots, large roots that grow at the ground surface that not only help prop up the large tree, but also aid in the absorption of nutrients from the poor rain forest soil.
Another root variation was seen in the pandus tree, which had numerous aerial prop roots that look like horizontal branches that anchor into the ground and help support the tree.
Epiphytes, or small plants that were anchored onto the trunks or branches of trees were also all around us in the forest. These plants do not take water or nutrients from their hosts, but rather use them simply as a platform so they can grow above ground level and hopefully get more sunlight in shady forest areas.