When I traveled with Eddy, my guide, to the cloud forest above Hotel Finca Lérida, I was in for a totally unexpected surprise. As I descended from the trails above 1,800 meters above sea level, I heard a loud roar. I had no idea what it was so I asked Eddy. “Eddy what is that roar, is it going to rain”. He looked at me mischievously and smiled. “Surprise, surprise,” he said.
Indeed it was a stunning surprise. As the forest opened up, I saw a huge flow of water flowing from the top of a hill. It was white as milk, and fresh, and clean. It was a waterfall! The first and only waterfall I’ve seen, except the Niagara Falls which I have only seen in magazines and movies. But this was no magazine or movie, it was the real thing, right then and there before me.
The sight was spectacular! I wanted to stay there frigid, allowing myself to enjoy the pleasure contemplating the white falling liquid accompanied by a loud roar—like the roar of a lion in the jungle. No more words—it’s time to insert some pictures to support my visual awe. Here we go. These pictures were taken with my DSLR Canon EOS Rebel t2i.
Snapshot of a rustic sign on the trail that leads to the waterfall. As you can see, from this point, it was a 20 minute walk to the waterfall. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of a gorgeous waterfall inside a thickly populated cloud forest in the heights of Boquete. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Enjoy the full extension of the fall of water flowing down from the mountain. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Eddy, my guide, gracefully posing for the camera beside the imposing body of falling water. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of Yours Truly, mesmerized by the scene of the cloud forest and the immaculate waterfall beside me. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Take notice of the giant fern towards your left. Concha and María are walking towards the waterfall to have their pictures taken by Eddy. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Take notice of María and Concha posing for a shot by Eddy, our guide. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
It was a long and strenuous stroll to the waterfall, and I was dead tired when I finally got there. But let me tell you, it was worth the effort when I was indulged with the beauty of the milky flow of water falling from the heights. As Chase Jarvis once said, “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” I was so happy that I had a camera with me to capture this unique experience. Good Day.
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