After a successful first entrepreneurship class on Saturday morning, Isaiah and I hopped two buses to Paraguarí to meet up with a group of Peace Corps Volunteers gathering to celebrate Brittany’s birthday. It’s always fun to meet up with volunteers to talk and laugh and tell stories and debrief this whole experience we’re having.
But the real highlight of the event was Sunday morning when we made our way to Salto Cristal, a waterfall in the town of La Colmena. After stocking up on snacks and lunch food at a local grocery store, we hitched a winding ride uphill and through sugar cane fields.
Finally we arrived at the drop-off point, where we paid 10,000 guaranies per person (about $2 each) to walk a few feet through someone’s yard to arrive at the starting point of the trek down to the waterfall. We decided that guy found quite a nice gig.
I didn’t know what to expect, but discovered a rather steep decline of large rocks that were sometimes loose and sometimes wet. Luckily there was a rope to hold onto when you needed a little support. At the bottom of the decline we waded through a little water, climbed up and over a few more big rocks, and then got our first look at the beautiful waterfall we had come to see.
What is it with waterfalls that makes them so stunning? Graceful and mighty at the same time. Although the water was quite bitterly cold, we jumped in and swam around, our active bodies warming up with time.
After enjoying our picnic lunch on a big boulder at the edge of the water, we climbed up and over the big rocks, waded through the chilly water, and this time pulled our way up the steep incline. A natural Stairmaster, you could say.
It was a fun change of pace to head out of site and chase a few waterfalls this weekend. Well I guess really just the one. But it was a beauty.