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Hey! Where did the road go?

We began early, as usual, on the third day. We would hike in the depths of the cloud forest into the rain forest following the Santa Teresa river until the town of Santa Teresa. Big problem is the rain -- it is constant making the way difficult and dangerous. Many parts of the trail have been washed away by a very angry and dangerous river and the rain. Take your poison: slip off the cliff and die or slip into the river and quickly drown. One of the most exciting things I have ever done came 4 hours into our hike, The path had been completely washed away by the river. The only way to cross was to scale the cliff wall like a free style rock climber until the other side where the path continued. Our guide took off his gear, secured himself and threw himself in the rushing water -- he was going to be in the river, in case we fell and he had to get us out. I though this was F`ng crazy, but exciting -- I was really worried about falling and loosing my glasses, my camera, not to mention my life.

It tickles...
2 in the group fell and there was a mad scramble to grab back onto the wall before being washed away... enough said. We all eventually made it across if a little shaken.

We hiked another 6 hours before finally arriving at out checkpoint where we were picked up by a 4 wheel drive van who took us to lunch and then into town (that ride itself, with narrow wet switchbacks in the mountains was an adventure on its own, I could not look out the window, I would freak out at how close the wheels were to the ledge, especially where there had been a land slide in the road).

Our next stop was great. Again we were in a family’s humble house in a small rain forest town (Santa Teresa).

Many of these...
The size of the bugs around the rain forest is incredible -- some are bigger than my hand with giant mandibles and are everywhere. The people are incredibly nice, offering to wash my pathetically mud encrusted pants. My feet are torn to shreds. I made the big mistake of bringing short socks with my mid high hiking shoes. The back of my ankles are quite ripped, bloodied and covered in sweat, mud, sh$t and who knows how many embedded living bugs.

That night we had a great dinner, beer and sang songs around a camp fire while our guide played the guitar -- Oh, and we also went to some incredible hot springs in the evening. Just an overall awesome day...

 

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Hey! Where did the road go?
Hey! Where did the road go?
It tickles...
It tickles...
Many of these...
Many of these...
A jungle shopping center...
A jungle shopping center...
Just a small nat...
Just a small nat...
At the hot springs...
At the hot springs...
Aguas Calientes
photo by: Vikram