By Holly Enowski
MONTEVERDE, Costa Rica —With echoes of celebratory fireworks in the distance, the University of Missouri journalism crew coupled with muddy boots, bright flashlights and half-intrigued, half-terrified faces, searched for creepy crawlies as they made their way into the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, locally known as El Bosque Eterno de los Niños, for a guided ‘Twilight Walk’ hike New Year’s Eve.
Adan Fuentes, a stout Tico man with dirty cargo pants and a handful of yellow flashlights greeted the team with a bright “Hola, Hola”. Over the course of the two-hour tour, he shared recollections of the forest and educated the group about birds, insects, and various nocturnal animals. The group awed at scorpions, frogs and an exciting tarantula sighting.
“Arachnophobia is for Hollywood,” Fuentes said. “Walking in the forest can be a little dangerous, but people should not be afraid.”
Instead, he believes that visitors should appreciate the biodiversity that the forest has to offer.
Edited by Liza Anderson