Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Waterfall Trail

We woke up after a wonderful night's sleep.  I love sleeping in the cloud forest.  It gets all misty at night and the clouds settle in the valley.  Our Villa had a wonderful balcony, complete with its own hot tub, and sitting out there first thing in the morning, just listening to the birds was a peaceful way to start the day.  Each balcony has it's own hummingbird feeder.  The birds would stop by often to have a little drink as I sipped my morning coffee.   Today our plan is to start with the waterfall hike and then to visit the other exhibits on the property.

When we checked in, we were told that the trails to the waterfalls were all now opened again after the earthquake, and that the waterfalls were back to being visible.  And I suppose if you've never been there before, you wouldn't know the difference.  But from what I remembered from our last visit, the trail was much shorter.  The starting point was different, and there were fewer falls to see.  But that being said, they did an amazing job restoring the trails from any damage that may have been done.  The paths and steps were very safe and appear that they will hold up in the event of any future landslides or earthquakes.

The hike takes you into the forest, and through beautifully manicured trails, often with some steep steps, built right into the side of the mountain - to see some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country.  

There are viewing platforms, which was a thrill for the kids.  Nothing like getting as close to these massive waterfalls and feeling the spray! 

It was a great hike, and even though there were quite a few steps at some points, my parents did really well.  The highlight of the hike is the last fall, La Paz.  Unfortunately this time, there was no way to get out to a platform to really see the fall.  The land where the viewing platform had been totally washed away.  We didn't make it down to the road to take a picture.  We ended the hike at the former gift shop, which is being rebuilt.  Although, now, while you're reading this - three years after our trip - I'm assuming it's totally finished!  We caught the shuttle bus back tot he hotel's reception area.

But you can see some of the roads we'd been driving on the past twenty-four hours.  Not for the faint of heart, that is certainly for sure!  

We thoroughly enjoyed the waterfall hike.  We were off to have lunch, and then to visit some of the other highlights at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

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