Get ready for crowds in October in western North Carolina; leaf-peepers from all over the Southeast converge in these mountains, when the Blue Ridge erupts into red and gold...Come during the week, though, and you won't have to fight for a parking space near the waterfalls.
The stretch of U.S. highway 64 between Franklin and Highlands is known as the "Mountain Waters Scenic Byway." Be content to drive slowly on its winding path, and just a few miles north of Highlands (one of the highest towns east of the Mississippi), you'll see a sign for "Dry Falls."
Don't worry--it's not a dry ditch that you're pulling off for. Look down into the gorge formed by the Cullasaja River and you'll see the six-story-tall cascade. It owes its name to the fact that the river shoots off an overhang, leaving just enough space behind the waterfall for a trail--you can stay relatively dry as you walk behind...
I love the many waterfalls in Chiapas, so this is a collection of others around the world.
On the second day of our trek to Poon Hill in the Annapurna Sanctuary, my friend Brill and I stumbled upon this absolutely gorgeous waterfall pulsing through a deep, green canyon.
It was the early morning--about 7:30 when we first got to the river and it was quite cold outside. About 53 degrees cold. And then we dipped our feet into the water and it was quite cold. About 53 degrees cold.
Yet somehow, after much heated discussion, Brill and I established that jumping into this waterfall was quite simply something we had to do. Forget the frigid water, forget the frigid air--we didn't come to Nepal to stay warm and safe and dry.
So I stripped down to my board shorts and hopped up on the little ledge on the right. I dropped to the ground and pumped out 20 pushups--doing whatever I could to jack up my body temperature. And then I jumped.
The water was ice. Absolutely freezing. I surfaced...
Deep in the jungles of Chiapas turquoise rivers emerge from deep springs. Agua Azul is a series of cascades and pools found just off the road between Ocosingo and Palenque. Closer to Palenque, and equally accessible, is Misol Ha, a dramatic waterfall from great heights into a deep pool.
At Agua Azul there are vendors selling swimming attire, food, clothing, and trinkets, plus a few excellent restaurants. Helicopter rides are available for a sweeping vista of the region where turquoise ribbons of water course through deep green jungle.
You can swim in the pools, but the water is quite cold. It's a great place to spend an afternoon or longer, as there are many hiking trails into the jungle.
The water in Mexico isn’t only by the beach. This is Misol-Ha. Located deep in the jungles of Chiapas, the waters of Misol-Ha cascade 35 meters down into a 13.7 meter deep pool of water. The entire area is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.
From the parking lot, a path leads through the rainforest, to the falls. The path actually takes you behind the waterfall and you can feel the spray of mist from the water splashing into the pool. The rocks are slippery so be careful as you walk. As you continue walking behind the curtain of water, the stone ledge above has crevices that the water showers down through; we took full advantage to dunk our heads under the natural shower to cool off.
You can swim in the pool though there are no lifeguards around so do take a plunge, do it with caution.
There is a restaurant on the site as well as facilities to change clothes if you are planning to go...
Three days in iceland. Doesn't sound like much time? I'm here to convince you otherwise. We experienced glacier hiking, ice climbing, waterfalls, volcanos, Icelandic horses, snow-capped mountains, lava fields, Vikings, Viking beer, relaxing in the Blue Lagoon, geysers, a park where continental rifts are pulling away from each other and home to the oldest continuously-operating parliament (since 930AD), runterting til 6am, Icelandic hot dogs and all of this accomplished under endless summer days.
For those with a growing love of adventure!! Get out of the city and spend 2 days in Banos - ride horses up the side of a volcano, hike in a cloud up hidden mountain trails, and let the clear air rush through your senses. I never quite understood the thrill of adventure travel until I found myself hanging halfway down a 200 foot waterfall.
Trusting the ropes to hold me, I tilted my head back and let the water sting my face. No longer an observer of nature, I was actually part of the waterfall!! Easily, one of the most beautiful experiences of all my travels.
Dozens of adventure companies line the main street of Banos' city center - shop around, but most will be able to take you here or to a similar waterfall.
Sightseeing is fantastic -- especially when viewing the sights up close and personal while rigged up to rappelling equipment.
Going to Costa Rica anytime soon? Forget the jungle zip lines and opt for waterfall rappelling if you're looking for something out-of-the-ordinary.
The natural fresh-water springs at Hierve del Agua were incredible (and cold!). The water is very high in calcium carbonate, and the minerals have formed these natural pools and crazy waterfall-like rock formations. The dusty road was somewhat harrowing, we had to make way for quite a few donkeys packing some serious loads. (And the formerly white rental car came out of the experience with a light yellow coating.) But the view over the valley of Oaxaca was unbelievable, and the meal we had at one of the stands was delicious. We were there in December; it was clear and warm and perfect.
If you're camping in the Poconos you have to take the time to hike up these waterfalls. It's a long trip to the top that's surprisingly tiring--and slippery--but so worth the views. And please don't pass up jumping in after all that effort; it's embarrassingly fun and refreshing, and you'll know you've accomplished something along the way.
Experience the largest waterfalls in the world by doing the catwalks that hang over the falls on both the Brazil side and Argentina side. You are guaranteed to get soaked! For more action, take the 15 minute boat ride that takes you under two falls twice for a total soaking. I stayed at the Iguassu Guest House where Carlos, the manager, arranged a easy way to cross the border to enjoy these falls from the Argentina side with four other travelers. It was a terrific cost and time savings over going by public transportation, especially by having a border "fixer" handle our immigrations. After returning to the hostel, we celebrated by heading to the nearby "Gaucho Churrascaria Restaurant" meat orgy.
I did my first blog on this trip and you check it out on this link. It describes in video, pictures and words this adventure.
When near Terni, stop by this man made waterfall created by the ancient Romans. The controlled water flow is used to power the surrounding area so best to arrive in the early morning when the falls are at their most powerful.
Multnomah Falls is a gorgeous sight located about 45 minutes by car outside of Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia River Gorge. Several hikes of differing degrees of difficulty offer vantage points to view the falls. The sound of the rushing water is a soothing composition from Mother Nature.
San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
As with many other natural wonders in Puerto Rico, there isn't a clearly defined marker or indication of the hidden gem itself. To find Gozalandia, you would usually first have to visit it with a local, because getting directions there can be complicated. Lately, the locals have turned it into a bit more of an accessible area (as there are also plans to turn the waterfalls into an eco-resort). Parking is cheap, but get there early to avoid crowds.
There are several muddy paths leading the way to two beautiful waterfalls. I recommend going on weekdays in the morning. Forget going on weekends, it will be way too crowded to enjoy it peacefully.
If you go during the wet season (August - Oct), be prepared to just go barefoot. Shoes lose grip, you slide everywhere, you eventually take them off anyways.
I always start by hiking to the top waterfall first, as this one...
The Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge is one of Lynn Valley's best kept secrets, in northern Vancouver. The 50 meter high bridge stretches accross a beautiful canyon with waterfalls and deep pools below. The best part is, that it is free of charge.
Crossing the bridge is always an exciting experience, it bounces up and down and sways from side to side with every step. The bridge is quite narrow and crossing becomes a little nerve-racking when there are several others trying to cross at the same time. The view from the middle of the bridge is breathtaking!
Montezuma was a must-stop recommendation of all the beaches, so when we two Floridians finally arrived on the miniature, desolate coast in this small town we were confused. The communal bonfire atmosphere described seemed unlikely and the view was dreary on the cloudy days we were there, but our uncertainty was stifled when a gruff looking man came running to shore mid-catch (translation: bloody fish in hand) to show us his hostel rooms. We took one to end the awkward pressure of the circumstance and headed to the highly anticipated beach to relax. Having fulfilled this trip's bucket list, we saved laying in the sun and doing nothing for last, but a few hours of being the only two people on the beach under the clouds proved disappointing. Holding on to hope that this town would measure up to its reputation, we searched for the known waterfall to redeem it. Looking up the creek I...
Skradinski Buk is the name given to the series of tiers of cascades and waterfalls located in Krka National Park. The water flows from the Krka River and the volume is so great that it literally thunders as it rages, full force, over the karst landscape and lush vegetation. Ponds occupy the flat parts of the tiers.
We were there on a hot summer’s day so being in the park was a great way to cool off though I wished I had brought a swimsuit as swimming is allowed in certain areas. The water was crystal clear. We also happened upon a picnic area where there were many happy folks sitting under the shade of trees, eating, laughing and just having a good time. Note to self. On next trip, bring food!
Size wise, Krka National Park compares to a US state park so a few hours is enough. In addition to Skradinksi Buk, there are paths that wind up through the woodland and you can catch glimpses of...
The little city of Banos is situated on the side of volcano Tungurahua and has gorgeous waterfalls like this one, the Pailon del Diablo or Devil's Cauldron. To get up this high the trail first drops about 1000 feet into the valley and then climbs via stairs and ladders until it ends inside the waterfall under a sheltered rock overhang with millions of gallons of water thundering around. It's quite wet and the "trail" turns into a crawl space at certain points but the view is astonishing.