16/08 - 19/08
Across the bridge, the waterfall was revealed. It definitely was not the most impressive cascading water we had seen on our trip, but it had a big pool beneath it.
At our furthest point we came to a tranquil pool. Manuel, obviously lead to insanity by the jungle air, devided to take the polar plunge and go for a swim. His swim was very short lived and he did not even dare submerge his head.
Off we went...back to town.
As it was now later in the day, more horse tours were making there way along the track. This meant that we had to dodge the oncoming traffic as we made our way along the sometimes narrow roads. Many people riding did not know how to control their horses so many times we had some close calls, nearly bashing into other riders or walkers. one we were out of the narrow bits, we were excited to drop the reins and allow the horses to take off and gallop. We were able to take off once or twice but were often soon met by another group and ha to return to the painful trot.
Once back in town we returned to the hostel where we hopped off and said farewell to our living transportation organisms.
While we waited for our drinks, we were captivated by the hummingbirds. There were bowls and bird feeders filled with sugar water (panella) which all the little birds were fluttering around. They darted in and out and all around the sugary treats. They were so quick and their wings moved like helicopter propellers. There were so many types. Long tails, short beaks, bright green, white eyes and shiny purple breasts. Roxy could not stop taking pictures and videos. Even when the camera started flashing 'low battery', she was determined to get a few more shots.
The birds were so excited about the sugar water and quite tame that if you left your hand near the feeding dishes, they would sit on your hand! WOW!
We were immediately lead to the back where we were shown the first few plants. As this was an eco-farm, they used no pesticides or chemicals of any sort. They used natural repellents such as other plants.
Joy volunteered first which was fooling as the beans were whole and she had to really put her back into it to get it started.
Time to taste!