A day at the waterfalls

Cumbatza

Beginning of November comes with news and changes. I got rid of the flu (I’m getting used again with cold showers), my bed sheets are clean (I got used again with hand washing) and the weather is more and more capricious lately with frequent rains, but we are all happy with a mini-vacation: Day of the deaths + Day of Cuenca’s Independence + weekend + free Friday from the government (which ‘should’ be made up later on) = 5 days holiday. Yupiii! And I really spent it wonderful. Raluca visited me (the other Romanian volunteer), my turn to go to Cotacachi would be instead on Christmas. First day we went not so far to visit some waterfalls and a thermal water pool. We hitch-hiked, walked a lot on dusty outback roads, through the nature, water, quick streams, forests with butterflies … amazing! And of course, my style, independent, adventurous and penniless. As a matter of fact we were lucky with the cars and all the nice places found without any guide … with just some inspiration and accrued experience. There are just a few signs on the main road, but after … nada! The instinct worked perfect at the falls, guided afterwards by the noise, but for the thermal pool we had to try some more trails. A local guy offered to lead us the way, but when he saw there is no moneytalk at all, he wished us farewell. At the waterfalls it was the same – when we asked the people in the village, they all showed us the guide’s house … at least the drivers didn’t refuse us with no dineros 🙂. And as nothing happens by the chance, while Raluca stops for a pee I make some more steps along the river … and guess what – I find the small half-grot with thermal water … damn hidden, isolated and … small, about 3 meters length, ankle-deep and stinking of sulfur. But it was worth the natural and authentic ambient, submerging in the black sand, surrounded just by roots, lianas and by the murmur of the river which we bathed in to get rid of the sand from the underpants; a so-called cleaning ‘cause the water was browny from the rains. And talking about them, it’s just starting to rain when we take our leave back home … it’s not really unpredictable in the rainforest! So here we are, two wet vagabonds in Macas breaking our fast on a bench of the central park with papaya, empanadas, coconut milk and pan de Pascua (panetone) … Christmas, Easter, does it really matter which comes first? We just lack the canned food, but even without it, it’s impossible not to draw attention upon us. To end the day in a memorable manner, we welcome three policemen asking for documents. Our passports are in the capital for the visa and we don’t carry any copy with us, but the luck doesn’t forsake us. The officers are kind and let us go … and why shouldn’t be with two honorable volunteer teachers :p!

Huambi

Huambi

Huambi symbol

Huambi symbol

Huambi street

Huambi street

Huambi park

Huambi park

Stripy trees

Stripy trees

Huambi fish

Huambi fish

Houses in Huambi

Houses in Huambi

Iglesia del Nazareno, Huambi

Iglesia del Nazareno, Huambi

Church in Humbia

Church in Humbia

House in Barrio San Juan

House in Barrio San Juan

House

House

Pink wooden house

Pink wooden house

Sports field

Sports field

Houses

Houses

Country road

Country road

Bar Karaoke Caña Brava

Bar Karaoke Caña Brava

Vulture on the right, river below

Vulture on the right, river below

Mini waterfall

Mini waterfall

'S'

‘S’

Bridge over Upano River

Bridge over Upano River

Rio Upano

Rio Upano

Happy guy

Happy guy

Browny river from the rains

Browny river from the rains

Bend

Bend

Sentries

Sentries

Black bananas

Black bananas

Communidad Cumbatza

Communidad Cumbatza

Escuela '15 de Octumbre' Cumbatza

Escuela ’15 de Octumbre’ Cumbatza

Palmleaf-roofed shelter

Palmleaf-roofed shelter

Amazonian residence

Amazonian residence

Comunidad de Kumpas

Comunidad de Kumpas

Rock

Rock

Upano

Upano

Jungle path

Jungle path

Going down

Going down

Walkabout

Walkabout

We've found the stream!

We’ve found the stream!

Rio Cumbatza

Rio Cumbatza

Cascadas de Umpuankas (Umpuankas Waterfalls)

Cascadas de Umpuankas (Umpuankas Waterfalls)

One of the seven waterfalls

One of the seven waterfalls

Bridge

Bridge

Clear and strong

Clear and strong

Cumbatza

Cumbatza

Vegetation

Vegetation

Barefooted

Barefooted

Scenery

Scenery

Cool down

Cool down

Gushing

Gushing

Downstream

Downstream

Waterfall

Waterfall

Water hole

Water hole

Shadow leaf

Shadow leaf

Cumbatza stream

Cumbatza stream

Nature

Nature

Trails ...

Trails …

... through forests ...

… through forests …

... streams ...

… streams …

... and bridges

… and bridges

Pick-up lift

Pick-up lift

Jump!

Jump!

In the jungle

In the jungle

Banana trees

Banana trees

Rocky shore

Rocky shore

Hot sand and green environment

Hot sand and green environment

Web blur

Web blur

Glimpse

Glimpse

Upano river

Upano river

Water & rocks

Water & rocks

Aguas termales de Cumbatza (Cumbatza thermal waters)

Aguas termales de Cumbatza (Cumbatza thermal waters)

Sulfur and black sand

Sulfur and black sand

Picturesque

Picturesque

Ready

Ready

Strong current

Strong current

Here comes the rain

Here comes the rain

Preparing the lunch

Preparing the lunch

Picnic in the park

Picnic in the park

'Holy' places

‘Holy’ places

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