Exploring the Malpais

Today we began our exploration of the Malpais, or “Badlands”. The Malpais is an area very close to the Bosque that is covered by volcanic rock – therefore the ecology is quite a bit different than here in the forest.

The entire place is covered in windy trails, and there is a spirit there who tries to make you walk around in circles and get lost (or so they say…). Our goal is to map the area so that it is more easily explorable by visitors to the lake area. Had we not had our GPS, it would have been very difficult to hike around!

We discovered a grove of Eucalyptus trees, and tons of magueys everywhere and bromiliads hanging in the trees and other cool plants.

Bromiliad in the malpais

Lots of bromiliads in the trees

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