I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Friday, December 21, 2018
Not always worth the walk
How'd he get here?
Many times I have hiked up a difficult
trail to find a spectacular view at the top, and you usually say
“That was worth the walk!”. Today I discovered that it is not
The Villa here in Costa Rica is almost
at the top of a mountain, and the trail you have to navigate to get
here continues down the mountain. Every day we hear ATVs going down
and they continue for a while beyond the Villa and always return back
up. So we knew the road was not a loop, and there must have been
something down there worth the trip. We could hear what seemed to be
a waterfall and knew that this area had some beautiful waterfalls, so
I suspected that must be what was down there. Our 4 X 4 was a rather
civilized “SUV” and the rental agent said it was not a “Jeep”
and they pulled a number of them out of rivers every year, so I
really did not feel comfortable taking it down an ATV trail. The
option was to walk . . . .
Friends from Ontario joined us
yesterday and Nolan said he was game to walk down the trail with
We discovered one house below us, and then the road/trail became even
worse. You had to be careful walking down because at times you were
sliding down rather than walking, so it was safer to walk sideways
down the slopes to retain your footing. Four or five switchbacks and
we found a carved stone pig? Evidence of ancient indigenous people .
. . . ? A bit further, and we came around a sharp turn and found a
metal roof which on closer examination was once a bar but now stood
with holes rotted in the floor and black with jungle moss. A painted
sign said “Jaco Falls”. Once upon a time this must have been a
thriving tourist attraction, although I cannot imagine how people
would get here?
From the derelict bar a trail led off
into the jungle. We had come this far, and we could hear the
waterfall, so we continued on. The trail led to a spectacular series
of waterfalls accessed by side trails and ropes. Of course we said
“Wow, this was worth the walk!”.
However, after exploring the various
waterfalls and trails, we had to walk back up the mountain to the
villa. After only a few minutes we both declared that it was
definitely NOT worth the walk. Now we know why the ATVs were so
popular. That was the best way to visit Jaco Falls. Climbing the
trail back up, you had to stop and catch your breath at every corner
and we arrived back at the villa exhausted and soaked in sweat ready
for another dip in the pool and a cold beer!
The waterfalls were nice, but really,
some things are not worth the walk!