During our trip in Honduras, there was a waterfall we wanted to hike to. Unbelievable Falls is double drop waterfall that’s 100 feet high. In order to reach it, you have to enter the Pico Bonito National Park, one of Central America’s most unspoiled jungles. There was a problem though. Not only was the hike a difficult one, but it rained the first two days of our trip. This hike involved walking along narrow, rocky cliffs. The rain made the rocks slippery. We spoke to two families who ventured on the hike and the majority of the people fell down and hurt themselves. One showed me a bruise on his back. It looked nasty.
I am not a graceful person. Falling down is normal for me. You would think I’d be used to it by now. But I’m not. I’ve mastered falling, not landing. The good news was that everyone who went on the hike, even those who fell down, said it was worth it. We scheduled our guide for the end of the week.
The morning finally arrived and we met our guide bright and early. It was just the three of us. Before reaching the difficult part of the trek we walked over a flat surface. I was enjoying the views and the ease of the walk. Birds were singing and I could rustling in the bushes. I was hoping to spy a monkey.
THUD! The guide and the better half turned around to see that I had fallen flat on my face. I wish I could say there was an obstruction that tripped me. Nope. I was on a flat walking path. No excuses. The better half and guide looked at me, then at each other, and shrugged. They didn’t bother to help me up. Still not sure how I feel about that. Yes I was embarrassed, but a little common courtesy would have been nice. I have a sneaky suspicion that they were trying to hide the fact that they were laughing. Later that day I said my foot got tangled in some vines. Psst! That didn’t happen, but don’t tell anyone
I popped off the ground and brushed myself off. There was a big stain on my right knee.
Finally we made it to the tricky part of the hike. This was the first time I had a guide point out where I should place my hands and feet. The entire way I did not take a step until I was told to. It was terrifying and exhilarating. Now I don’t remember how long the hike took. It couldn’t have been that long, since I remember chowing down on lunch at a normal time. My best guess would be 4-5 hours. A perfect half day excursion, but you do get an early start.
We lucked out. It didn’t rain the two days before our hike so the rocks weren’t as slippery. Still difficult little buggers to walk on so I can’t imagine what they were like when wet. I’m happy to report I didn’t fall down, well except for that one time. But that could happen to anyone.
Upon arrival at the waterfall we stripped down to our swimsuits for a dip in the pool. The journey back didn’t seem as strenuous, maybe since my fear had subsided by them. More than likely it was because I was starving and couldn’t wait for lunch. Our resort served the best enchiladas. And of course, a victory cocktail was in order! So if you want me to join you on a hike that’s difficult, bribe me with good food and drinks. That works every time.