The oldest forest reserve in the western hemisphere is located in the central ranges of Tobago. Established in the late 18th century, it is still very much alive, although hurricane Flora destroyed parts of it in 1963. We were lucky enough to find a very knowledgeable guide who took us for a walk in the forest on a drizzly morning after some introductory explanations.
He was an expert in finding and spotting the smallest birds, seemingly communicating with them - to a point where we doubted whether we heard the birds sing, or our very own guide. He explained the basics of the different leaves to be found in the rainforest. Pointed to crustaceans (we were surprised to find little crabs walking around the bush), and minuscule frogs capable of making a lot of noise. What struck me most was the enormous power and liveliness of the forest. Wherever a plant or tree dies, new life spring up.
The drizzle had never really stopped, and at one point it turned to a real outpour of an authentic tropical rainshower. There was no way to shelter anywhere, so we just continued walking through the muddy pools, which were filling very quickly. We turned around at a waterfall, and noticed that on our way back the small stream had grown considerably. Then, the rain stopped almost completely before we returned. Apart from having seen many plants, trees and animals in the forest, we had also experienced where its power comes from.
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