The road runs along the narrow trail. We cross couple of rivers. There’s an awesome wildlife surrounding us. What a greenery. We pass banana trees, little lizards here and there. Beautiful bird song, and roaring monkeys, what is quite scary.

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“Danny said we should leave all our valuables in here. Every now and then locals like to filch stuff from gringos.”, said Maryann while breezing in. I put my camera back to the locker, and hope phone will do its job today, and will snap good pictures of the waterfall.

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On our way to the bus station, we do a quick shopping. You never go on a hiking trip without a good lunchbox, right? We also grab some pipa fria’s (a green coconut). The weather isn’t hot or anything, at least not yet, but coconuts are just yummy, and super refreshing.

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We’re waiting for the bus. Longer than expected. We tried to be on time, but oh well, good old Central American time.

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The ticket costs $1.30, and takes us about 20min outside of Puerto Viejo, in a small town called Bribri. There we need to walk through jungle, until reaching the waterfall.

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When traveling, sometimes it happens that things don’t go as they should.

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So this time.

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We have arrived somewhere. Looks like a small village. Haile and Myia, who has already been to the waterfall, know to say that’s not our stop. I don’t know anything, I better listen to the wise ones. 

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The bus is on the move again. “Wait, aren’t we moving on the wrong direction?”, someone pays attention. About 30 seconds we’re trying to understand what’s happening, and then we ask driver to stop. 

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We jump off. Here we are. Where? No idea.

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We start walking down the road. There are banana plantations on the both side of the road. We are eating bananas as well. Also, trying to hitchhike at the same time.

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A car stops. A little micro bus. On the bus, there are only us (5), and the driver. We’re trying to explain him where we want to go. We are more than sure he didn’t understand anything. But we’re going somewhere. 

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After a moment, we realize that we’re moving on the wrong direction, again. “Where are we going?”, I ask the driver. He speaks so super fast, so I barely understand a word. Me and Haile kinda understood that he’ll take us to the nearest bus stop. That’s what we hope.

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Bus stops. We get out. There is a small hut, a super loud local music is playing, and a sign- “sparkling waterfalls.” Seems like the bus driver actually understood where we wanted to go. Although, it wasn’t a waterfall what was in our minds.

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A man starts to speak to us. Owner? Just an Employee? Who knows. It’s really hard to understand what he’s saying. Spanish what they speak here, is just so different. Or maybe it’s just the people. 

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Jackie has a decent conversation with this dude. But I doubt they fully understand each other. “He will take us there. 1000CRC ($1.81) per face.”, Jackie says. We all agree, and start looking for the money.

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“Maybe we should pay later, when we’ve arrived. Lets be honest, we don’t have any idea where he’s going to take us. Did he even understand where we want to go?”, is Maryann, from Norway, a bit skeptical.

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I’m trying to explain the dude, that we’ll pay later, after the ride. It didn’t work. Me and my Spanish, oh well. We put money back in our pockets, and start walking.

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We walk, somewhere, along the way and trying to hitchhike. It’s a bit hard to fit five girls in a half-full car, if it’s not a pickup truck. But it’s definitely worth to try. 

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We’re arriving on a bus stop. We can see a taxi in a distance. If nobody didn’t pick up those cool kids, we pay $1.81 for the taxi, and cross our fingers to get in a right place. 

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Hair, waving in the wind, we reach the right spot. We start walking towards the jungle, and the waterfall.

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The road runs along the narrow trail. There are couple of rivers, we need to cross. An awesome wildlife is surrounding us. What a greenery. We pass banana trees, little lizards playing around. Beautiful bird song, and roaring monkeys, what is actually quite scary.

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And here it is. Full of pride and glory, Volio waterfall.

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Pants and shirts are flying off. This stone really reminds an ice rink, since it’s supper slippery. We slide ourselves into the water. It’s deep. Oh so deep. At some point, up to my neck. We go one step at the time to get a closer look of the waterfall.

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How powerful.

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Full of waterfall energy, we take a seat. On a large, flat stone. It’s time for a lunch. Beans, avocado, jalapeños. All mixed up. I’m looking my tortilla. Man, what a lunch.

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Before heading back, we climb up, on the top of the waterfall. Discovering many other natural pools and smaller falls. Crazy American girls jumping off the cliff, to put a point for this amazing day.

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On the way back, the same taxi driver pick us up, and give us a lift out of the jungle. Success.

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Seems the bus, back to Puerto Viejo, leaves about hour and a half.

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We jump in a random bus. Going as far as we can. Again, trying to hitchhike. Don’t have to wait long, when we sit in the back of the truck, on our way home.

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MORE INFORMATION

What: Volio waterfall

How to get there: if you’re staying in Puerto Viejo, go to the bus station and buy a ticket to Bribri ($1.30). It takes about 20min to get there. Once you’ve arrived, turn right on the street called calle 0. Walk straight as long as you reach the jungle. In the jungle go straight, until you have reached kind of a little hill, and turn right. Go all the way down, and you have arrived.

How much does it costs: seeing waterfall doesn’t cost you anything, if you decide to go without the guide, what is totally fine, and doable.

The hike: hike itself isn’t hard. I recommend to wear closed back shoes, since the trail can be muddy and slippery, here and there. Carry a plenty of water, and why not to bring a food, to enjoy lunch, just beside the beautiful waterfall. 

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So far, where is the most beautiful waterfall that you have seen?

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