Social Networks are awesome for traveling. By pure accident, I met some fellow viajeros – two awesome women from Israel and Poland. After a quick chat and meetup, we decided to spend our time in Valle de Antón. From colleagues, I already heard a lot about its natural beauty.
What has been recommended to all of us was La Cascada El Macho: It’s the highest waterfall in the whole valley, measuring 70m in altitude. So on the first day, we had a quick look at the map and went straight for it. The air was much cleaner than in Panama City. Breathing and walking were easier, the heat wasn’t as bad. We passed beautiful paths with great views…
..and met new friends (who luckily already ate their lunch).
After walking some distance and slowly running out of water we started to wonder where the waterfall was. It’s a tourist attraction after all. So why were we standing in the middle of nowhere? Well, it turns out that when navigating a map it’s always useful to know where north is. But what we lack in orientation we make up with social skills! We managed to convince some very friendly locals to give us a ride back to the city.
And not only that. In the small conversation, we apparently came across as so pleasant that they took us right to the waterfall! It was a refreshing relief from the anonymity we were used to in the big city.
The next day, after having a good sleep, we explored the valley a little more and eventually stopped by the hot springs to take a deserved time off before taking the bus back. Photos of myself with mud in my face are better-kept secret. So have a nice plant picture instead!
It was a super fun weekend and I’m happy to have met you guys! Safe travels!