Tue 24 Nov 09 - Tue 24 Nov 09 85 °F
The next day we decided to go to the San Ramón Waterfall. We were told it's an hour walk down the main dirt road then an hour hike to the base of the waterfall. A 4-hour semi-flat hike sounded relatively easy compared to the volcano hike. Half way down the road a group of people along with a guide got off the chicken bus and continued on foot towards the waterfall. Once we got there we paid the admission fee but noticed that the group continued past the entrance. We were told there was no other entrance so we didn't know where they were headed. We started or walk up to the base and luckily a tractor trailer was passing by so we flagged the driver down and jumped in the back. There was an Australian couple in there already. I guess they had the same idea. The tractor took us half way up and we had to continue the rest on foot. The trail wasn't clearly marked and at some point we had to walk up the river hopping on river rocks. The river was very shallow but it still didn't seem like the right way to the waterfall.
And then all of the sudden we look up and this giant waterfall is right in front of us. The colors and the motion of the water were so vivid it looked like some computer generated scene from a fantasy movie or a video game. Once we saw the waterfall the climb got a lot easier. We just wanted to get to it. The waterfall spills into a tiny shallow pool about waist deep. We all got in and let the powerful water fall on us. In one spot the water was falling so hard it felt like someone was dumping a bucket of nail on your back. The water was cool and refreshing. We got out and sat facing the waterfall as we chatted with the Australian couple and a few others.
Luke wanted to head back and the Australian couple decided to head back a bit later. On the way down we saw the group of people who skipped the entrance. I wonder if the guide was not an official guide who knows of a back path bypassing the park entrance fee. Whatever it was they definitely took a much longer way around! I bet they paid more and ended up taking a the long way. Once we were at the hostel it was the same routine again. Shower, eat, lay in the hammock and watch the sunset.
The Australian couple was staying at a nearby hostel and decided to join us later that evening with a couple of other friends. They couldn't wait to tell us about their hike down. They left 20 minutes after us and half way down a family of two adults and a little girl were running down as fast as they can, freaked out and the girl was pretty scraped up. When they got to them they told them how a local guy with a gun grabbed the mother and put her in a headlock as he waved his gun at them. The woman was trying to reach into her purse to give him her wallet but she was unable to. Somehow they all manage to escape and the started running. The little girl tripped, fell and got all scraped up. The story was a bit strange and things didn't quite add up. The couple was very credible and they said the family seemed genuinely freaked out. The only explanation is that the robber was hiding in the bushes as we made our way down and waited for an easy target. So far luck seems to be on my side with things like these happening right before or after I visit a place.
The next day we were on the side of the road waiting for the morning chicken bus. Our next destination was San Juan del Sur. We got on the bus headed to the boat dock. After a very bumpy 2 hours we were at the dock. The ferry wasn't going to leave for another three hours but there was a lancha leaving in 15 minutes. I decided to brave the seasickness and take the lancha instead to save time. Luckily the water was relatively calm and I had no problems being on this funny wooden boat for an hour. A short taxi ride and another chicken bus and we were going to be in San Juan del Sur.