We know that it is the dry season, but still we have not given up finding amazing and beautiful waterfalls. On our way to Jalpan Esben had a waterfall on our map called Cascada El Salto, which is a 70 meter tall waterfall and several natural pools. When we came to the waterfall, there was no water (left picture). We went on a small hike to a viewpoint over the natural pools (right picture).
And landscape has chanced a lot. We have left the dessert and entered the jungle, where the humidity is higher and everything is green.
As you can see on the picture there was still water in all the natural pools, and the water was still flowing, just not from the waterfall. What do you do after the disappointment? We had fun in the pools, and Esben jumped from one of the cliffs. Don’t worry he was not the first to jump from there, we saw several other people jumping into the water from the same place, so we knew that the water was deep enough.
A lot of Mexicans came to visit the waterfall “Cascada El Salto” during the day, and they told us, that we should visit Cascada Minas Viejas 30 minutes south. We camped for the night, and decided that we would visit the waterfall south of here on our way to Jalpan.
The next morning we hit the road, and we were not disappointed, when we got to the waterfall. Still there was a lot of Mexican tourists, which meant that it was mandatory to wear a life west.
We took a few nice pictures by the waterfall without going into the water. There was several lifeguards keeping an eye out for everybody, and making sure that nobody came near the waterfall without a life west.
We did find a smaller pool were we could cool down in the water with out the life west.
We were also able to jump into the water by a smaller waterfall, but here is the thing… we don’t have any pictures or video, because when I jumped into the water I lost the camera, and we were not able to undercover it. The camera was connected to my Gear Keeper, but the line broke… so much for having a Gear Keeper. We are now one camera down, and will look for a new one in Mexico City. I am just really happy that Esben had just emptied the camera the day before.
We spend several hours at the waterfall and ate lunch before riding the last 3 hours to Jalpan.
On our way we met a lot of trucks carry sugarcanes. Big trucks that was driving very slow because of the heavy load. They really know how to fill up their trucks here in Mexico. If you are wondering about sugarcanes falling from the truck… YES, it happens all the time, there was sugarcanes laying on the side of the road.
We got to the sugarcane factory
Several times we have been stunned over all the garbage here in Mexico, and riding towards Jalpan, even going through the National Park Sierra de Gorda. So what do people do in Mexico with there garbage? This time Esben did get s picture of the it!
They pack all the garbage on the back of their truck and dumping it on the side of the road. OR as we have seen many times before they are burning the garbage in smaller piles. We have seen many Mexicans throw garbage out of their trucks while driving. Leaving garbage fx empty bags of chips and bottles, when they go hiking. We would describe the Mexican garbage culture as “Out of sight out of mind”. Still we have been told that the “garbage culture” have changed a lot, and is improving. BUT it will still take several generations to keep changing the Mexican “garbage culture” in a better environmental direction.