We awoke early today to travel to 3 places: Misol-Ha waterfall, Agua Azul, and Agua Clara. Transportation is arranged and provided by a tour agency at El Panchan. Although I cannot remember the exact prices, it was around $10 USD per person for transportation to all 3 places, but did not include entrance fees which were even cheaper.
Misol-Ha is a single waterfall that falls into a large pool of water. We only spent an hour there, but it was amazing nonetheless.
Onward we went to Agua Clara which is my first visit to an inland “tropical” body of water. The water was aqua blue and was by far the most beautiful lake I have ever seen. We were also rushed here and only stayed for a half an hour, but it was worth it. They have rafts made of logs bundled together and the guides will take you across the river for about $1.50 USD, but we didn’t have enough time.
We walked around and explored as quickly as we could. There is a rope bridge where I was able to get some amazing photos. Linda was terrified to cross the bridge, but I don’t blame her after seeing several broken boards. As we were leaving, we were approached by some local girls selling fruit. Linda bought some plantains and I bought a piece of sugar cane. I had my first bite of a plantain and my first taste of sugar cane. Plantains are much better than I had heard. They are much more dense than a banana and much sweeter.
Our last and most amazing stop was Agua Azul. It is a series of beautiful aqua blue cascades with pools in the middle of a river. Again, the water was the most beautiful blue I have ever seen. Swimming was an absolute must here, not to mention the sign even says so. Nothing can really describe the beauty this land holds. We walked up the stairs as far as we could go and the cascades seemed to continue as far as the eye could see. I swam and Linda bathed in the sun. At one point, I slipped and fell hard scraping my arm and leg which is pretty typical of me I must say. We stopped and enjoyed a couple of beers while relaxing in the hot sun and cold water. Then, we walked down as far as the man-made trails led and found the most beautiful part of the falls.
I walked along the rim of the falls and laid on the rapids as they crested over the edge. It was exhilarating. I knew that Linda needed to see this part of the falls, so I went back to get the camera and ask her to follow me along the rim even though she does not know how to swim. I told her that she would regret not coming once she saw the photos. I led her along the rim and we found a place to sit in the middle of the falls. For those few moments in time, I was in one of the most beautiful places in the world and we sat there silently in awe.
We watched several young boys play in the falls with such grace as if they swim here every day of their lives. Linda took several great photos of them as they swam across the falls and found a place in the shade to eat some fruit.