After sleeping in the car the past few nights – I was ready for a change. Night one I hid the car behind a large pile of dirt next to a small road in the middle of the rainforest. Night two, a frightful sleep was interrupted by dark shadows at my driver side window by two guys carrying scary looking weapons. Apparently my choice for my spot of rest was too close to a military base. They were nice and motioned me to move on. Night three I didn’t have any time during daylight to scout out my location so I ended up parked off the side of the road – next to a busy road (even at 1am). I was interrupted by flashing blue lights and two police cars wondering what I was doing parked there. I moved on and finally found a farmers field to crash in at about 1am.
So by day four I was ready for something better.
As luck would have it I stumbled upon the welcoming Salybia Nature Resort and Spa. I love roughing it, yet at the same time the “roughing it” makes me appreciate the finer things while on the road. Like a stay here with nice sauna, spa and cascading waterfalls into a pool that loops under – part of which is an infinity pool overlooking a generous helping of palm trees and the crashing surf below.
After checking in – I headed up a pot hole filled narrow windy debris covered approximately 4km road that led to one of the more well known waterfalls on the island – Rio Seco. No one was parked at the end of the road – the sign recommended 2 hours for one way into the falls. It took me 25 minutes. No one was here – this beautiful short waterfall cascades down into a very deep pool – completely surrounded by the rainforest. Jumping in with clothes and all – I was quickly refreshed by the the cool waters.
As I was leaving, a wild eyed guy came running out of the hills – soon informing me of his name, Chien. He was a local farmer and told me he keeps watch over any cars left here while people are hiking to the waterfall. I commented that I was the only one here on a Monday. He then incorrectly informed me it was a Tuesday – and I said I’ve been having such a good time I lost track of the day of the week.