Banos Day 5 (Road to Puyo/Diablo Falls)

Today we got up around 930 and planned to bike ride to the neighboring town Puyo about 63kms away, was supposed to be a beautiful drive.

We went to the travel agency we have been using and rented bikes for $5 for the day and headed out of town. Me, Jose, and john came along. Jose wasn’t too thrilled that John and I got up so late because he’s one of those “morning people”

We headed out of town and first drove past a dam.

A little further down the road we saw the first canopy tower. Canopying is basically zip lining in a lying down position. Looked awesome, it looked like the people we were watching were flying.

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Once I saw it I immediately decided that I had to do it. It was $10 to go one way across the canyon and return in the gondola, or $15 to go both ways. Was no decision to be made for me I chose both ways. They geared me all up and I went to the top of the tower.

They put my feet up in a sling and sent me off

I’m not sure how fast it went, but the whole thing only took about 30-40 seconds. It wasn’t quite as cool as it looked, but beautiful views. The only part that really got my adrenaline pumping was at the end when you are flying 40 mph at a dirt pile, but there was a guy at the end there to stop me. I snapped some photos en route.
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Beautiful. Once the guy at the other end unhooked me, I had to hike a few minutes uphill to latch into the other cable.
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The 15 year old kid at this end strapped me up and sent me back on my way.

After this we hit the road again. There were tons of tunnels, bridges, waterfalls along the way. Beautiful.
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Along the way we met a Swiss kid and a Canadian. They told us of a place called Diablo (Devil’s) falls, so we tagged along.

I went to grab an empinada and mentioned to everyone that I was doing so, but when I came back no one was in sight. I figured that maybe they didn’t hear me and had headed down, so I started hiking down the trail.
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I think the trail was 1k long, so it only took about 20 minutes to get down (all downhill) until I reached the falls.
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Before entering the park there was a guy collecting an entry fee of $1.50. There were 3 levels to the falls.
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To gain access to the top of the falls, you had to crawl through a cave, ridiculous.
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This tunnel went on for about 50 feet then opened back up a little bit
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You had to climb up some stairs
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Then there was a platform
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The last stairway led to right behind the waterfall
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My friends weren’t there, so I back traced through everything again and started heading back to see if I could find them at the top of the trail maybe. I ran into Jose and apparently they had waited 20 mins for me before deciding to just head down. So I crawled back through the tunnel-path with them to the top.
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We hiked all back uphill to the road, and stopped at a stand to grab a fresh half carrot half orange juice for $1.
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We headed back out, and it started raining. Rain was spraying from the tires into our eyes, so we stopped around kilometer 23 out of the 60 we needed to go. I wanted to continue our ride to Puyo but no one else did so I wasn’t about to go on my own.
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We grabbed some lunch and a beer from a stand on the side of the road, and thats when we started to get uncomfortable and cold. We flagged down a bus and they threw our bikes underneath.
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We showered up a bit, napped, and went to a bar called Leprechaun. Main club in town. Jon was bitching that the 30 ounce beers here were “expensive” because they costed $3. Drank fairly heavily and got to sleep around 3.

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