Nauyaca Falls

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Mo at Nauyaca Falls
We woke up lazily around 7ish, and futzed around until we realized it was 7:45 and we had to be at the Nauyaca Falls office at 8am to see if there were 2 places left for the horseback tour to the falls. We made it there by 8 (it was just up the road 2 minutes) and luckily, there was space for us. We were with a group of 9 from a yoga retreat. Friendly folks, but it was a lot of patchouli. I hate the smell of patchouli. But I digress.

It was a brilliant tour - you ride for 20 minutes and then stop for a breakfast (included) of tropical fruit, fried potato cakes and a quick bread (like a fluffier pound cake), wasp juice (a mix of pineapple and other juices that a wasp kept trying to dive into) and coffee. At the breakfast lodge there were capuchin monkeys in the trees, peacocks in a pen, and a large parrot that flew over to hang out.
My horse heading up to Nauyaca
Then we rode another 20 minutes to the waterfalls. Nauyaca has upper falls (just to take photos of) and lower falls (which you can also swim in, and jump off of). I'd forgotten my swimsuit, so I zipped off the lower legs of my travel pants and jumped in anyway. Stunning setting. We swam over to the falls and sat under them, and a lot of folks took turns climbing up the rope that the guides had secured at the top, and jumping off the ledge. One of the guides climbed up much higher than that and did a cliff dive - he landed a little wonky (he went over too far), but he was fine. Yeesh! Morgan climbed up and jumped off a couple of times. Not me - I'm too klutzy and nervous for that crap. Last thing I need is to slip and scrape my back as I tumble down! But swimming was absolutely lovely there.
Lunch on our Nauyaca Falls horseback tour


On the way back, I pointed out a very large spider sitting in the middle of his web on the trail at about head level - told Morgan so he could avoid it, and then the guide came galloping through and went right through the web, although it looked like the spider bolted for the tree. He was very calm for having gotten a face full of spiderweb. We stopped again at the food shack for a nice lunch of braised chicken & potatoes, rice & beans and a green salad, and then headed back. We said goodbye to our trusty steeds, Confite and Girafe, thanked our guides (who were very patient and spoke slow Spanish to me), and gave a ride to a couple whose car was not 4WD so they didn't attempt to go down the steep dirt road.

Went back to the Waterfall Villas to relax a bit and now we're back at Dominical Beach so Morgan, my water baby, can get in his daily ocean swim. I'm hanging out at Cafe Dueno having a frappuccino with Bailey's, watching a surfer try to take a splinter out of a girl's foot and trying to connect with an old co-worker who lives near Dominical--we'll try to get together for dinner tomorrow.
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Mo at Nauyaca Falls
Mo at Nauyaca Falls
My horse heading up to Nauyaca
My horse heading up to Nauyaca
Lunch on our Nauyaca Falls horseba…
Lunch on our Nauyaca Falls horseb…
Morgan and his horse, Girafe going…
Morgan and his horse, Girafe goin…
On to Nauyaca Falls
On to Nauyaca Falls
Parrot hanging out by the food sha…
Parrot hanging out by the food sh…
They had a pen with several loud p…
They had a pen with several loud …
Poser
Poser
Nauyaca Falls (falls #1)
Nauyaca Falls (falls #1)
Nauyaca Falls (falls #2)--forgot m…
Nauyaca Falls (falls #2)--forgot …
Nauyaca Falls
Nauyaca Falls
Us at Nauyaca Falls
Us at Nauyaca Falls
Monkeys in the trees by the lunch …
Monkeys in the trees by the lunch…
Capuchin monkeys
Capuchin monkeys
Dominical
photo by: capitals33