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Snake minus a head, poor bugger

About time we did something else adventurous and, well, dangerous. Let`s go waterfall diving!!

Together with Manolo, our crazy guide, a German girl Christina, a Canandian dude called Jessie (whose every other word was "awesome") and a Brit girl, Caroline, we headed off into the National Park of El Impossible. The bumpy trip along a dirt track in Manolo`s jeep took us through stunning scenery stretching acorss the vast and untouched landscape of Western El Salvador. At one point, Manolo stopped the jeep and we all clambered out to find the body of a rather large snake lying in the road. The poor bugger had had his head chopped off by a local who Manolo said would have killed the snake out of fear. The snake  was deadly poisonous after all, Manolo informed us.

Discussing leap tactics

After abandoning the jeep we walked about an hour down through the jungle until we got to the river. From here we all jumped in to the freezing fresh water and walked through the river to a rock that was the start of a waterfall that dropped into a pool about 6 metres below. From here it was a case of throwing ourselves off the rock to land in the pool of water below us. We just had to get the landing spot on to miss the rocks/shallow water/etc. OK then.

Jessie went first and without hesitating threw himself off the rock shouting "awesome" as he went and "awesome" when he came up for air. I went next and although it did take a few (several) minutes to jump, I eventually leapt and landed in the intended deep pool. The water was freezing but so refreshing  and after Simon and the others had taken their turn, we all swam to the edge of the pool and walked over rocks and throught the river to the next jump point.

Mid-air grimace

And so this is how it went on for about 3 hours. The biggest jump was a 10 metre drop, which had to be jumped correctly in order to aviod collision with a boulder that jutted out at the bottom. The drop was so so high, scarily high and after standing on the ledge for a few minutes wondering how on earth I would miss the jutting rock, I chickened out. I put on a abseiling harness and clambered down the rock face while my weight was held by the rope held by Manolo at the top. Good job he didn`t slip really. Half way down I got to a ledge and jumped from there - high enough even half way down.

I watched as the others jumped - everyone looked terrified as they sized up the drop. When Simon took his turn, he half slipped and went into the water on his side.

Simon takes the plunge
Needless to say there were bruised ribs and a bright red thigh.

The prenultimate jump was just on the ledge of a huge waterfall that fell along way down to the riverbed. We all clambered down the rock wall next to the waterfall using ropes and got to the bottom. Here were more 8-10 metre jump off points for those that wanted to. "Awesome" took a few leaps as did Manolo and Caroline.

The walk back to the jeep was an hour of very steep and tiring uphill through the very hot jungle with wet feet. The mozzies loved us. The views from the top were incredible - we could see the volcanoes that border El Salvador with Guatemala in one direction and just make out the blue-white of the Pacific coastline. Green jungle, mountains and volcano cones filled the gaps.

Back at base in Tacuba we enjoyed a few beers with our fellow survivors and some great food cooked up by Manolo`s mum.

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Snake minus a head, poor bugger
Snake minus a head, poor bugger
Discussing leap tactics
Discussing leap tactics
Mid-air grimace
Mid-air grimace
Simon takes the plunge
Simon takes the plunge
The view to the Pacific
The view to the Pacific
Caroline, Simon and `awesome` Jess…
Caroline, Simon and `awesome` Jes…
Well someone is in
Well someone is in
It`s a heck of a drop
It`s a heck of a drop
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