Trip to the waterfalls and a small village

It was a great day, our guide Wil of “” picked us up at 10 as promised and we climbed into his late-model PU and headed into the back country going up into the mountains.  We traveled about 60 KM out of Zihuatanejo up into the mountains on a windy switch back road.  Only the last few miles were on a dirt road. We stopped at a lovely place where the owner is beginning his plans of having a small out-door restaurant for visitors and began our walk to a series of falls and pools.  Along the way we learned about the termite nests in the trees that do not harm the trees and the termites are considered a good thing as they rid the forest floor of decaying wood.  The  termite nests also provide a place for wild parrots to nest inside.  These are huge burl like looking masses high in the trees and the eggs are kept warm inside.  We saw philadendroms growing wild. many ferns and pine trees.  The huge parotta tree was especially beautiful and most had wild orchids or other types of flowers and plants growing on them with neither being a problem to the other.  Of course our guide knew the names of all of them and of course I can’t remember any of them.  I have pictures but they don’t show up well in this format. Wil seems to have 2 assistants from the village, Reynaldo 13, and Carlos Juan 10.  They are 2 of 8 siblings.  I called them our “Sherpas” as they carried our beach bags with our towels and water in them. Along the way we see many butterflys, including the blue morpho with a lot of blue color on their wing and the vivid Juliana that could be mistaken for a flying gold fish. We stopped at the first waterfall, the high falls and young Reynaldo shows us how he jumps into the pool below the water fall from the rocks about 30 ft above the pool, then scrambles up the rock wall with the help of a rope the kids have hung there to do it all over again.  The pool is bout 30 feet deep in places and the village kids all know exactly where to jump to.  This pool can only be entered by jumping from on high so we pass.  The next fall is medium high with 2 sets of falls and Doyle opts to try this one the rock he jumps from is about 15 ft above the pool, he then swims down to the second falls and leaps off it. To get to the next set of falls we have a couple of suspension bridges to cross.  That made me a little nervous at first, but it was really fun. Then we are at the 3rd falls and this is the one the kids slide on.  It must be a 40 foot top to bottom rock slide with many right and then left turns.  I opted to watch our “sherpa” Renaldo demonstrate.  Of course it took almost no encouragement for him to do so.  This is the best pool to swim in as you can enter it from a sandy area.  Both Doyle and I and Will took a cooling dip.  And boy was it cooling.  Kinda took your breath away at first, but then you get used to it and it felt good.  After our swim we climbed up a set of stairs made for giants, or at least it felt that way to get us back to where we started from for our lunch. Lunch was prepared for us by one of the village ladies, we had tortillas that were hand-made from corn ground that morning, a ground beef and sauce dish, steamed (rancho) beans and a wonderful cheese made in the village.  Quite the experience, it was very, very good. Every one enjoyed the meal.  After lunch we strolled up to the village of about 80 people which is probably only 6-10 families as the families are quite large.  Their dwellings are small by our standards and quite poor in consumer items, but there was nothing there that said poor in spirit, the kids were happy, a bit dusty, no fancy name brand clothing, they have their own school, and a real sense of family and community.  Their homes have what I call “subsistence” gardens, where they plant every thing and anything that they can grow and eat later including chickens, turkeys, many variety of trees and plants and you can be sure it’s all organic and “green”.  Here burros are still one of the main type of transportation, but fortunately not the only type because as we were leaving we noticed a pickup truck actually speeding down the mountain road.  As we were to learn later the older sister of one of our Sherpas was bitten by a scorpion and they were rushing her to the next village where there was anti venom for her bite.  I’m not sure that’s the correct term, but I’m sure it gets my meaning across.  The houses in the village were adobe bricks, very open air, kind of made me think of not much more than back woods camp out shelters, but they do have electricity, running water gravity fed, and they can have satellite TV.  It isn’t nearly as expensive as it is here.  But there are no phones and I believe there is also no internet. I can feel no pity for them as they aren’t suffering, they are subsiding as folks have for eons and appear to have less worldly problems.  Life is different, but still good.  Wil’s tours will bring some money into the community, we bought hand work one of the women in the village who does beautiful needle work, we tipped the kids that so graciously helped and entertained us, We bought one of the best and most authentic lunches we have had in Mexico and hopefully brought a tad of prosperity to a charming village that gave us an insight into the lives of others who live differently from us. It was a great and educational  and fun day. signing off KO

Author: zihuathyme

I'm a traveler, not as frequently as I would like , but I plan on doing more. After working full time at Mount Rainier National Park during the summer of 22 I have decided to retire completely and forever. Prior to that I was semi retired as a Wedding Officiant I officiated at about 20 weddings a season, and with my small delivery service I handled the distribution of a local high-quality Home and Garden magazine . Prior to my "semi retirement" I was in corrections and before that I owned and operated a bail bond agency. I now plan to travel to new places and exciting places, getting ready to do that as a solo as the Senior is no longer with me, his choice, and I am OK with that. For hobbies I'm a reader and love my kindle. And I enjoy writing.

One thought on “Trip to the waterfalls and a small village”

  1. Wow Grandma You sound like you are having a great time, and this would of been something I would of loved to do, next time you should jump too.

    All is Finlay well here and between your 80 sun shine and moms I’m living in Ur hot tub. I miss the sun.

    My Advents are, when to the supper mall and found out I’m a Size 18! still angry that I’m not losing but I’m thinking its time for a new fill as your suppose to get them ever 3 to 4 months.

    uncle Brine is doing really good and has lost 12 pounds in a week, i see Auntie Kama at the gym some time,

    o and I cut my hair, I like it.

    but nothing els is going on work still sucks but I like the money.

    Have lots of fun in the sun for me and put up more pictures!
    Love Morgan


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