The best beer in Cental America
Trip Start Sep 10, 2006
59Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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Jan 3. Another early morning to catch a bus, after eating breakfast for $3 for the both of us we were on our way to the lake. 3 buses later we were at a Microbrewery hostel. Yep, you read that right, a guy from Oregon set up a hostel and brewery down here. Its a very nice place with a great garden, swimming pool and pure drinking water from the taps. A real gringo place if we ever saw one. We had some lunch along with some of his home made soda (we were saving the beer for dinner). Set up our tent in the garden and headed out to see some water falls. On the walk to the bus we realized we did not know the name of the falls, ´How hard could it be without the name?´ Casey said. Well we ended up on the bus trying to explain where we wanted to go. Finally the ayudante (the guy who collects money and helps load the bus) told us a price which we paid. 2 minutes later he said we were going the wrong way and we had to get off here and get a different bus. I guess it was hard after all...we walked back down the hill and back to the hostel where we realized how we made our mistake. We needed a bus heading down the mountain not up it, oh-well it was too late at this point to go anywhere so we got some soda and coffee (can you guess who had the coffee?) and played cards, read, and just chilled. Oh yeah on the walk back down the hill it rained pretty hard on us
Jan 4. After a great breakfast of french toast and slightly under cooked blueberry pancakes we got on the right bus to the falls. Their name is Pulhapanzak in case you were wondering, you can see how we could forget it. The falls were amazing, about 43 meters high and pretty wide. There was a cool rainbow over the river below the falls making the whole scene surreal. We went down the short path that led to a viewing platform near the bottom of the falls. It was so misty here that we were soaked through in seconds. The other couple we were with Matt and Kim went with a guide to see behind the falls. We instead went back up to the river above the falls and took a dip. Back at the hostel for lunch we had PB&J sandwiches with some groceries we picked up in town and some great home made sodas. Casey took a dip in the pool and I read until it was time for our rowboat adventure. With Kim and Matt we got in an old rickety rowboat that when we loaded was very low in the water. To make it worse the oarlock system was rope around a bar which did not work well at all. So we gave up rowing and instead paddled it like a canoe with the other Matt in the front Kim in the middle and Casey and I in the back, we all took turns paddling. The locals along the river looked at us in wonder and laughed. Finally we got to the mouth of the river that meets the lake and called it good. We could go no further. But the view from here was amazing, the lake with all the mountains surrounding it and a cloud forest in the distance, it was beautiful. We were on the look out for birds the whole time since we were told this is a prime location for birding
Jan 5. This morning we made our own breakfast of oatmeal mosh with bananas and sugar, Very tasty. Got two buses to Guama where we were going to get one more to get to a cloud forest NP. Here we decided it was too late in the day already to head up there because after the next bus we still had to walk about 4k to get to the entrance. So instead we got a different bus and went to a cave system. Had a short guided hike into the cave. The cave is lit with colorful lights that make the whole thing look fake. The formations were very cool and the tour was interesting. We ate lunch outside the cave and headed back to town near our hostel to do some internet and have a relaxing evening by the pool. The owner of this brewery Bob is a very interesting man, he loves to hear himself talk and is a bit conceited, but even stranger is his sidekick Malcom. He is a old British hippie with long grey hair and a long grey braided beard who likes to talk even more than Bob, and he knows everything about everything. The best part is that Bob brews his beer inside the container of a semi-truck with out wheels. Tomorrow we head somewhere else... not sure yet.