After the Butterfly Garden we were off to the Hanging Bridges Walk run by a company called Mistico. On the way to Mistico we saw a white nosed coati, which was a must for a photograph. I gathered my cameras and hopped out of the car as quickly and as quietly as possible so as not to frighten the animal away. Another car was stopped across the road to take photographs. The road we were driving on was made of lots of small cobble stones as you can see from the photograph.. I took a couple of photos and wanted to get closer to the coati so I crept around the side of the car and lo and behold, the next thing I knew I was sitting on my bottom with two grazed knees, one grazed elbow and a grazed hand. Now, the passenger door was open so my dear husband must have heard me fall. Did he come to my rescue like a knight in shining armor, did he heck. He was too busy taking photos of the coati to come to my aid. A lady from the other car came to my assistance and offered to pull me up off the floor but being rather heavy at the moment I did not want her to hurt herself so I called for my dear, photographing husband who by now was still in the car looking down at me!! He said he heard the sound of me slipping but thought I was OK. He finally got out of the car, pulled me up and asked if I was alright. My pride was hurt more than my wounds so I told him I was OK except that now I had grazed knees from the cobbles so my knees looked dirty.
We continued on to Mistico without further incidents.
Our guide was to be Yohaira, who had been a guide for Mistico for 3 years so knew the terrain well and was well educated on the flora and fauna of the countryside. Our walk which was to last 2.5 hours was to take us over several fixed bridges and 5 suspension bridges. It was not a time to be afraid of heights. When we first met Yohaira she took one look at my knees and my age and offered me a walking stick for the walk as it was quite steep in places. I did not like to refuse her offer of assistance so accepted the stick feeling old and decrepit.
The first part of our tour took us past some pretty gardens-
We heard a rustling of leaves and Yohaira said it was caused by spider monkeys. She got her scope out and took the first photo I am showing you.
On the way back to our bungalow it started to rain and we saw a rainbow.
We returned to our bungalow to find a nice towel arrangement on our bed (there was not enough room in the bathroom for a towel rail.