Today was another in a series of free days with 'optional' sightseeing tours planned by our fearless leaders. As we have come to expect, these days offer us some of the most amazing experiences.
We loaded up carpool 'style' and hit the road at 0900. We made a quick stop at Misol Ha cascadia (waterfall), parked and took a quick walk. This waterfall is 25 meters tall and there is a short trail that leads to the rear of it. It was awesome....
Next we travelled about 25 miles through some awe inspiring countryside passing through several small villages. This area is very lush and green. The valleys and mountains are truly beautiful. It actually felt to us like we had left Mexico and entered an entirely new country - that's how different the countryside was.
Our next stop was at Aqua Azul. This is a series of short waterfalls and cascades which are created by the Rio Shamulha (from a natural spring) as it explodes out of the jungle. Trust us, the pictures do not do this natural wonder justice!! After fortifying ourselves with a plate of empandas (5 for 10 pesos or .67 cents!!!) we took the walk to the top of the river. On the way back down we did some shopping (dropped some serious pesos) and then headed back to the car.
The drive back 'home' required a couple of more stops to make a few purchases along the way and we arrived back at camp around 1600...all and all another successful day out here on the road.
Ken went shopping again to purchase a Machete (everyone has one). This was followed by a
'meeting' (code word for Tequila) and a dip in the pool.