Bienvenido, loyal reader. Please join Bruce and Mary as they explore the RioÂ Palo Maria, disfutala!
We’ve boarded the Boca/Mismaloya bus and we are on our way to las cascadas de Rio Palo Maria. While surfing the internet I had come across a blog about these waterfalls being, according to the blogger, only about a twenty minute hike along the river, we thought we’d check it out.
The trail seems to have left the river banks and strayed into this, tall grass in a tropical jungle. I feel the same way Mary looks as we generally try to avoid unclear trails in tall grass… in the jungle.
This is the first of many fords as we switch from one side of the river to the other trying to find the best way to the waterfalls. After muchÂ slipping and sliding among these rocks, bearing our gear, we take a break as Mary is literally having a panic attack, and I ain’t far behind her. We realize that this 20 minute trek has taken us nearly an hour now and we are about to give it up when our young guides hail us from the path ahead and exhort us on because…
He’s half way to the top before his girlfriend convinces him to come down. We did see a gringo with his chica guide make this climb up to the series of waterfalls above. Mary and I had decided before we beganÂ that una cascadaÂ would be sufficient.
It’s time to head back but first we must take care of some collateral damage. My big toe lost a battle with a submerged boulder and we’re hoping the combination of band-aid and dental floss will keep the nail on until we get home.
Finally, after 40 minutes we are back to the road. With our experienced guide the trek back is 2/3rds the time and only tricky instead of treacherous. Our strong advice is that this adventure is only for the young and agile. We are glad to have had this adventure but it is safe to say… never again!
Thanks for visiting, gentle reader. Bruce and Mary would love to hear of your adventures, here in PV, or anywhere for that matter, so please feel free. Hasta proximo Domingo!