|Our cruising friends in the launcha ready for our trip to the|
Cascada Caliente (minus me as I was taking the picture)
|And now the group is complete!|
|Our launcha dropped us off at the Public Dock where our|
driver waited. The 11 passenger van brought us to the
start of the trail into the waterfall.
|Looking down from the trail before we descended to the river.|
|Steep stairs were built down to the river bank.|
|The waterfall is indeed hot and only a few of us could stand|
being right in it. I preferred standing just far away to be in
|Renate and our guide|
|Jim and Scott enjoyed chatting in the lake formed at the bottom|
|Steve was able to stand the heat directly|
underneath and John managed to climb
up onto top of the falls.
|Sharon, Heather, Renate, Tamara, Sam and Steve|
|Renate, Sharon & Heather|
|The day was actually sunny but we were really in the shade|
of the trees so it was very comfortable.
|We brought snacks and drinks - here Sam, Heather and Renate enjoy some vino tinto. Sharon got the award for best appetizer - tiny French goat cheese rounds.|
|John, Tamara and Scott|
|Enormous trees towered overhead and sunlight filtered through. We really lucked out on the|
weather. Every other day since we arrived, it rained but this time it didn't!
|It was a lovely walk back through the forest.|
|We met a young boy who was gathering wood for his|
family's cookfire. He used a tourniquet to tighten the big
bundle of branches with a strap that went onto his forehead.
|Mayan children have to work hard to help|
|But after the day's work is done, the boys can at least play|
in the river.
|Scott, Jim, Renate, John, Sharon, Sam, Steve, Scott, Heather and Tamara line up in front of our van.|
|Several of us bought young coconuts from a woman at|
the start of the trail
|These two boys were fascinated by watching us foreigners|
and the wood didn't get home until we had left.