November 7, 2004
Today, we went to the waterfall in San Ramon. It’s also called "Waterfall Cascada." We got information on the waterfall from the employees at the Hacienda Merdia. They were more than willing to answer any questions we had about the trip: how to get there, what to bring, how long it took, the best way to get there, etc. The park for the waterfall has a $2 (or 30 cordovas) entrance fee. They don’t have much change, so don’t bring large bills. The trail is three kilometers long and difficult even for the experienced hiker. It takes one to two hours to walk to the waterfall, depending on how fast you walk. The first kilometer is fairly flat and on a road. The second kilometer, the path gets smaller and steeper. By the third kilometer, the path is wide enough for one person, very steep, and very rocky. There is also nowhere to buy drinks, so either come prepared, or you can drink water from the river. If you decide to drink water from the river, just make sure to get it from a flowing spot and not somewhere where the water is not moving fast. It is safe to drink the water from the river. This is the same water that comes out of your showers and sinks in all of Ometepe.
There are several ways to get to the waterfall. You can rent bikes for $8, kayaks for $5, horses for $2 per horse, or you can walk.
It’s a good idea to eat breakfast before you leave, because the hike takes a lot of energy out of you. I suggest the $3 buffet breakfast. I would also suggest buying a lunch from the Hacienda Merdia before you go, to take to the top of the waterfall. There is much to do at the waterfall, so it’s nice to have a little picnic up there. The pool from the waterfall is very small and only about two feet deep, so you can’t swim. All you can really do at the top is walk and stand under the water and take pictures. Make sure you keep your cameras in plastic or waterproof bags, because the mist will have them soaked in a matter of minutes. All and all, it’s a great way to spend half the day!
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