Splash!!! Getting wet exploring the waterfalls :)

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Last night I sat my alarm clock for early in the morning. We wouldn't meet the guys until 9:30am, but I wanted to go to the station and get my ticket to Guayaquil before going to explore town. I took a shower and left the hotel at 7am, even before having breakfast. I had a map of the city and it was easy to reach the station. It was nice to walk around the city while it was still so quiet.

I have been reading about going to Guayaquil from Banos and there were 2 ways to do it. Taking a bus to other town and then change buses or the other one was taking a direct bus.
making some toffee... hehehe
The problem was that this straight bus wasn't as frequent as the other. Nevermind, I found it! The drive to Guayaquil would be long (over 7hrs) and I didn't want to arrive late to the terminal, so I got the only available bus: at 6:30am!!!

Oh well! It was still early. I agreed with Jerry to meet at 8am for breakfast, so I took a walk around town, just taking a look at the market and taking pics of it, surroundings and the hotel. I didn't have the chance to see the hotel last night, but now I did it. It was a beautiful one, small but charming and had nice views! I wrote a bit and then Jerry came for breakfast. This was really yummy, buffet type and I got tons of fruits :)

As agreed, we met Anthony, Kerry & Julio at 9:30am at the square. While we were waiting for Cynthia to arrive to town, the guys would go for breakfast.
with Julio, ready to drive the boogie!
In the meanwhile, Jerry went to an internet cafe and I went to the Handi Craft market to get my magnet and a couple of presents missing, hehe.

One of the things you can do in Banos is renting an ATV or boogie to drive around town and surroundings. The only thing you need is your driver license. Anthony and Jerry got an ATV each one. Kerry and Julio didn't have their driver licenses with them, but I had mine. So we got a boogie for 1hr. First, I drove with Julio. I was driving first, but I let him take the wheel, hehehe. He has already driven around town before and I was looking for directional lights and mirror, hahaha. He knew were to drive, awesome! After 30min we went back for Kerry. While she was driving with Julio, I was walking around the lovely town and making a phone call.
hahaha
Need to buy a card for my cellphone ;)

It was around 11:30am, when the boys came back from their amazing tour, hehe. They did it just in time. Julio just talked to Santiago and they were arriving to town, so we'd meet at their hostel. It was really nice meeting Cynthia again, yay! Santiago was the local one and his original plan was taking his truck and drive us to the waterfalls - the highlight in Banos - but now we were 7 people! He and his mother took care of this matter and found someone trustful, who would drive us around. We hired him and would have cheap transport, yay! The truck was big, but not that big, hahaha, 4 people would go inside and 3 outside ;)

It was 12:30pm when we were already in our way to the waterfalls. Definitely we were in the rain forest.
yep! I was a good fisherwoman :)
It was so green outside. Also it was a bit rainy and windy, hopefully rain would stop by the time we start trekking... Nevermind, it was fun. Last night was raining, so there was more water than usual, awesome! We stopped at our first waterfall "Manto de la Novia" and picture time! hahaha, then we stopped at a bridge, where people use to do bungee jumping. Wow, it saw so tempting and was cheap. Well, the cheapness was the thing that made me think twice about the safety, hahaha. It looked cool though. Well if somebody would have done it, maybe I'd have done it too...

It was so good having a driver and a local friend, so we were stopping at the best spots for pictures, hahaha. It was already past 1:30 and we'd go somewhere special for lunch. Where? Well, there was a place where you would go and fish your own meal! hahaha.
now he has hair too, haha
So if you want to eat, better catch something, hehehe. There were boys who helped us and then cleaned the fishes. It was easy to catch a fish here. We all got fishes, actually we got an extra one. Then we took the fishes to a restaurant and they cooked them for us.

The restaurant was just a big cabin, nice and so real, hehehe. Food was very tasty and was a lot! OMG! The fish tastes better, when you fish it by yourself :) Kerry doesn't like fish, but they had a tasty soup and we also got extra patacones, hehehe. We had a tasty meal and fun time there. It was raining now. We were hopping it would stop, but nothing and it was getting late, so better start moving in order to be able to see all the waterfalls, specially the biggest one.

It was 3:30pm when we reassumed our journey.
OMG! I'm wet!!!
It was still raining, but not that bad. Before the "Pailon del Diablo" (big waterfall) we visited other 5. They all were amazing and looked so big. Because of the recent rain the water was a bit muddy and the rivers were heavy, wow impressive! We got more pics. It was a bit chilly, so good Cynthia had an extra scarf for me :)

After 1 hr more less, we arrived to the "Pailon del Diablo", well where you start the trekking for it. You had to pay an entrance fee (cheap) and start the journey. I saw all the people coming back were wet, hahaha, but they all were smiling and saying how great it was! Awesome, I coulndn't wait much more. There was a path, but it was all mudy. Just be careful.

First we saw another waterfall "La Puerta de la Verdad" (Truth door), water was so strong, and after going down for a bit we saw it: "The Pailon del Diablo".
people praying
Darren told me about this and he was so right, it was wonderful! You could see the power of the nature!!! In order to go closer to the point view I got wet, I took of my shirt. So good, I was wearing my swim suit. We spent some minutes admiring this wonder of the nature and then started our way back to the car.

After a short trekking and refreshing beer, we were ready to drive back to town. We all were tired and I was looking forward to a hot shower, hehehe. The guys would go to the thermal baths, but I had to pack. I was leaving early next morning and wanted to go partying with them later, hahaha. So we splitted, but would meet later.

Packing didn't take me as long as expected, hehe. We agreed with the guys to meet at 8:30pm at their hostel and it was still 7:30pm.
ready to take a ride in a Chiva!
So we had plenty of free time. Jerry and me agreed to take a walk around the city, visit the cathedral and look for an internet cafe. The basilica at night was very nice not only outside, but also inside, how nice!

I have been writing my mom, but this was the first time I talked to her... yes, a bad daughter... but I was moving from one place to another... and... and... yes, no excuses but finally I did it. Pffff, it took me a long time tried to contact dad who wasn't in Lima, had to make 3 phone calls to find the number in Cusco and at the end. I couldn't reach him... at least I left a voice mail :P Ok, it was getting late, so better go to the hostel.

We arrived there, but the guys weren't there. I called Julio and he told me they were in their way. Mmm, that wouldn't take long, but they would take a shower, so we had some time and Jerry was starving, hahaha.
the whole gang after sharing a delicious meal: Santiago, Jerry, Santiago, Kerry, Anthony, Yadi & Cynthia
I didn't want to eat since we'd have dinner with them, but we went to the square, so Jerry could get a snack, hahaha. Finally it was 9:30 when Cynthia, Kerry and Anthony were ready to go. The 2 Ecuadorian guys were still getting ready, mmm. Well, this would be the 1st time I'd break my rule of never going to the same place twice for eating, but the restaurant yesterday was so good... We decided to start going, Julio and Santiago would join us there.

Pffff, we hurried up, since kitchen was closing at 10pm and we barely did it. Not even 10min later the 2 boys arrived. We were just checking the menu and Anthony saw a tasty dessert - carrot cake with coconut. So, even before ordering our dishes, he got dessert, hahaha. That's his way to do it, so in case he eats too much, he'd always have had tried the dessert.
the girls were having fun: Yadi, Cynthia and Kerry
Smart! The cake was huge, but he shared it - at least with the girls ;) Then we all got our meal and it was delicious!!!

The original idea was to go partying and dancing. But Anthony was exhausted and decided to go back to his hostel. I didn't have the chance to say goodbye and was feeling sad about it... We went to the same club as yesterday, had a couple of drinks and even danced a bit. But I was exhausted too. This was a loooong and full of fun day, furthermore I had to wake really early next morning. I said goodbye to the rest of the gang and Cynthia told me that she and Anthony would go to Peru, yay!!! It's good to go to sleep having such great news :)



 
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urban art
urban art
making some toffee... hehehe
making some toffee... hehehe
with Julio, ready to drive the boo…
with Julio, ready to drive the bo…
hahaha
hahaha
yep! I was a good fisherwoman :)
yep! I was a good fisherwoman :)
now he has hair too, haha
now he has hair too, haha
OMG! Im wet!!!
OMG! I'm wet!!!
people praying
people praying
ready to take a ride in a Chiva!
ready to take a ride in a Chiva!
the whole gang after sharing a del…
the whole gang after sharing a de…
the girls were having fun: Yadi, C…
the girls were having fun: Yadi, …
an amusement park?
an amusement park?
balcony at the hotel
balcony at the hotel
the basilica in the morning
the basilica in the morning
nice basilica
nice basilica
nice park
nice park
complimentary water and hot drinks…
complimentary water and hot drink…
cute doggy
cute doggy
cuy
cuy
cuy
cuy
preparing potato empanadas
preparing potato empanadas
but they conquered us...
but they conquered us...
Handi Craft Road
Handi Craft Road
it was cloudy!!!
it was cloudy!!!
the love bridge
the love bridge
nice square
nice square
melcocha - toffee
melcocha - toffee
nice birds
nice birds
walking around the city
walking around the city
nice waterfall
nice waterfall
healthy breakfast
healthy breakfast
handi craft road
handi craft road
first river
first river
at the Manto de la Novia
at the Manto de la Novia
yes, bungee jumping!
yes, bungee jumping!
bungee jumping?
bungee jumping?
3 nice girls: Cynthia, Yadi & Kerry
3 nice girls: Cynthia, Yadi & Kerry
the gang: me, Cynthia, Santiago, K…
the gang: me, Cynthia, Santiago, …
:)
:)
awwww! I cant believe that a coup…
awwww! I can't believe that a cou…
with Julio!
with Julio!
matching with the flowers haha
matching with the flowers haha
Cynthia and Anthony - theyd visit…
Cynthia and Anthony - they'd visi…
Fishing place
Fishing place
our instructor
our instructor
the experts
the experts
cleaning our fishes
cleaning our fishes
it was muddy
it was muddy
Yadi & Anthony
Yadi & Anthony
beer!!!
beer!!!
mini waterfall next to the restaur…
mini waterfall next to the restau…
Julio was enjoying his chicken sou…
Julio was enjoying his chicken so…
lunch was ready
lunch was ready
we were hungry and it was so tasty!
we were hungry and it was so tasty!
left overs hehe
left overs hehe
just left the head, hehe
just left the head, hehe
:)
:)
brown river
brown river
:)
:)
wild river
wild river
splash!!!
splash!!!
Cynthia, Kerry and me
Cynthia, Kerry and me
brown water
brown water
:)
:)
how strog!
how strog!
holding tight, hehe
holding tight, hehe
impressive
impressive
map of the waterfalls
map of the waterfalls
muack!
muack!
holding a little snake
holding a little snake
splash!
splash!
at the point view in Pailon del Di…
at the point view in Pailon del D…
with Julio, wet and happy
with Julio, wet and happy
lots of waterfalls
lots of waterfalls
back to the parking lot
back to the parking lot
nice church
nice church
whats up with you, buddy?
what's up with you, buddy?
a well deserved beer ;)
a well deserved beer ;)
ready to start driving back
ready to start driving back
inside the basilica
inside the basilica
nice ceiling
nice ceiling
main altar at the Cathedral
main altar at the Cathedral
the pulpit
the pulpit
a small altar
a small altar
:)
:)
Anthonys veggie lassagna
Anthony's veggie lassagna
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