Today promises to be a nine hour up and down walk on muddy trails. If it continued raining today the roads and river would be not passable. Great news it only turned out to be an 8.5 hour hike through indigenous jungle lands. No mosquitoes or rain.
We started the morning out from an indigenous school with fourteen full time students and a live aboard teacher. We cooked showered and even slept at the school. Sleep is almost not an accurate statement.
Yes, six single person tents pitched on a rough sawed floor. Each tent contained one sleeping bag. The ground outside would’ve been way softer but, then the tents would get wet and dirty.
Our 19 year old indigenous guide by the name of Kenneth was a mere 3-5 feet away from me when the trail edge suddenly gave way.
I found myself in free fall mode. Picture an elevator whose cable just snapped. Were it not for a protruding root or vine that my left hand instinctively grabbed while in free fall mode I may have easily fallen another four stories down. I was then able to self extract my self from my predicament before the rest of the group even noticed as they were a ways behind.
The guide following me is Jovanie Montenegro. Possibly the best guide we’ve seen so far. One of the girls found herself last night without socks for this mornings hike. She switched to a day pack for today’s hike like everyone else except for me and her socks left to our final destination and lodging for the night at Finca XXX. Jocanie just happened to have a spare pair of socks and loaned it to her.
Not an error that is what it is called like the Mexican beer.
Our lunch meal yesterday consisted of spaghetti and chicken. Even the vegan girls and the vegetarian Canadian gave up and declared they needed calories to continue on.
Our dinner meal was all vegan. Part of the reason I was spent all day. A jelly sandwich and coffee for breakfast and a granola type bar for lunch today just didn’t cut it. And to top it off this is the toughest part over the past several days.
DISTANCE 21.5 KILOMETERS OR 13.39 MILES
ELEVATION GAIN: 852 METERS
ELEVATION LOSS: 372 METERS
Just beyond the Escuela Tsini Kicha, the trail entered the jungle and did not let up until this river crossing.
This area includes elevation changes, many insects, high humidity and difficult trails. At 1.6 kilometers we walked across the Rio Mono, your first river crossing.
Occasionally, the jungle recedes, and you enter tribal communities at Guaybal (6.11 kilometers) and Valle Escondido (11.5 kilometers).
The trail exits the jungle after 17 kilometers and continues downhill through farmland and a gate.
Here is where I removed two large ticks. One from each leg. And it just coincided with our ride to Finca XXX.
Pura Vida Camino