Searching for the Waterfall...

Trip Start Mar 08, 2005
Trip End Mar 15, 2005

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

I don't know what got into us today...Brendan and I were up early to check out the monkeys and the rainforest creatures that we'd heard all about from the other visitors.
We saw the moneys and the maintenance workers, a couple skinny racoons, and Paul (1/2 of the couple that Brendan had sat with on the plane here). Basically, Paul convinced us to join him, his wife, and a couple other fellow Candians on the city bus to Montezuma - a little hippie town full of backpackers and 2 magnificant waterfalls (apparently).

So, we hurriedly ate breakfast, slapped on some sun screen, exchanged our US cash for some Colons (for the bus), and sat outside the hotel. The bus was scheduled to come at 8:30 but we were warned that it traveled on a very very lose schedule. A rickety school bus came roaring down the street - we had to wave it down so that it would stop for us.

We got on the bus and sat behind these two backpackers - two 25-ish gals that have been traveling Central America since December 2004. We chatted about their adventures while traveling from town to town...picking up families and kids and farmers. Again, everyone with either a bag of chips or popcorn in tow :)

After precariously negotiating this sandy cliff we glimpsed the Pacific Ocean. Gorgeous! And sooooo blue! The bus came to a stop in the core of Montezuma - a street lined with corner stores, little restaurants, and backpacker inns. Not as many native Spanish folk here.. there were many Amercan and British travellers turned buisness person. FInally- we were able to understand people! Most spoke English.

We bought some water and head out for "the waterfall". I don't know how we knew which way to go ..I guess we followed the tanned tourists up the only hilly dirt path we could see :) We set out along the dirt brought us along the coast , in front of some awesome looking hostels and inns. Eventually we turned into the forest...following a little creek up hill. Lots of boulders and vines and hopping from rock to rock. Brendan and I brilliantly thought to bring our running shoes (we'd been warned) however, it never dawned on us to put them on. So, there we were climbing around in flip flops...I'm amazed, looking back, that we didn't lose any toes or break any limbs.

We finally made it to the waterfall! We were in a group so it took a while. Brendan and Paul were busy poking any reptile, fish, reptile, bird they could find with sticks:) We kept passing climbers that were asking us , " Are you guys going to go to the second one?" And we got all excited - we though there was only one. SO then we were like, "Hell yeah! Where the heck is it?" We got what we thought were clear instructions and started climbing....and climbing....and climbing. It was more like bush whacking our way up these crazy trails - grasping for vines so that we wouldn't fall head first into deep ravines - completely rediculous. We ended up at the top of the hill - I say hill becuase it was obvoiusly not a mountain but it was 1 hour worth of steady vertical climbing! We didn't ever find the second waterfall - apparently we went all around it and over it...we found the source of the water and ended up in the canopee. We saw the canope tour/ rappeling platforms waterfall :(

We were cranky and felt like idiots the whole way down! Heheh- by then, it was noon, really humid, and we didn't have any water left. So....there was nothing to do but strip off our t-shirts and swim in the first waterfall. It was so refreshing and freezing cold! By far the best swim ever. We got back into town and ate at one of the restaurants - drinks and tons of food for 5$ US - a way better deal than back home! We shopped around. I bought the most amazing coconut seed jewlery: rings and earrings. And Brendan bought cigarettes for the boys back home - 1$ US / pack! Smoking's cheaper than eating or drinking down here - go figure :)

We grabbed the last bus ride back to the hotel and got charged an extra $0.25 US for the ride back because we were clearly tourists :) When you can't speak Spanish and are lost half the time, I guess you can't fight for your rights as a tourist ;) Go with the flow...
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