She did come for breakfast and get some food down, so that was a good start.
Then, we relaxed for an hour or so before deciding for sure that we would head out on a hike.
It's a pretty easy place to relax. We're not unhappy with the fact that we signed on for two more nights here.
Ruth in her hammock. And our little furry friend.
We set off at about 10:00am. We really didn't know exactly how far the waterfall was, but we knew the direction and there were some signs. We got to a sort of a fork in the road, and we were a little unsure of which way to go.
You take the high road, and I'll take the low road...
Through the gates, the sign said "Tunel y Cascada" (Tunnel and waterfall), but it also said that it was private property. The other sign going to the right definitely looked more like a hiking trail, but the sign said "Bienvenidos Caballistas a la Cascada" (Welcome horseback riders to the waterfall).
We decided to take the trail to the right that went by the river.
Looking for a bird.
We haven't seen many other fancy looking birds. Some smaller red ones and yellow ones, but nothing special. We had been told that the best time to see the birds is if you go out fairly early, like 7:00am in the morning.
The mud is starting to dry up. Two days without rain!
We had to take our shoes off to cross two streams.
And then we came to a house. It said "private property", but the path obviously went right through their place. A woman came out and said that it was 3,000 pesos ($1.45 CAD) to carry on to see the falls. At first I said no, but then we thought about it and it was only about another 1 km (.62 miles) so we paid the money. As we were there, a bunch of people on horseback came through and they also paid the money. But, they have a bathroom that Ruth used and they were selling water and refreshments.
We carried on.
Yep, sure enough...there is a tunnel.
No idea why that tunnel is there. Big enough for a train to go through, yet no other indication that there were ever any tracks in the area. Very strange.
A couple of rickety bridges to cross.
Kevin, almost at the falls.
Waterfall near Boquia. Not bad. Good for a short hike. About 3 kms from the village.
On the way back, we took a slightly different route and came across another tunnel. This tunnel had some horses in it!
Inside the tunnel.
Mom and young one.
It was 1:00pm by the time we made it back to the village of Boquia. We had done 8.0 kms (5.0 miles) in three hours. Slow pace, just right for Ruth but she said she had had enough towards the end.
We came out at the same restaurant where I had been for lunch the past two days, and we like it and the owners are friendly so we stopped in again.
Restaurante Selva Alegre.
If you're ever in Boquia, Colombia make sure you stop in here!
Owners Rodrigo and Patricia.
Third lunch we've had there, and third lunch we've been happy with! I had a big plate of chicken and rice and potatoes and salad for 11,500 pesos ($5.65 CAD). Great value, even by Colombian standards!
Went back to the hostel and rested for the balance of the day.
You may have noticed we've changed our plans for the weekend. We had originally been going further south to Buga, but with Ruth not feeling well we've adjusted things. The reason we came to Salento originally was to do the 5 or 6 hour hike to the wax palms in the Valle de Cocora, and we obviously haven't been able to do that yet. This area gets quite busy on the weekends as many Colombian tourists come here as well, and our hostel is already booked so we can't stay here. Also, most accommodation in town is already booked.
So I've found us a three night stay in nearby Filandia, which is okay because I wanted to go there anyhow and thought we were going to miss it. It's supposed to be very similar to Salento, but without all the tourists. This way the plan is now to do the wax palms hike on Monday, when it should be a lot quieter and Ruth will hopefully have recovered.
She's much better, the worst is definitely over but not 100% yet.
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