27 Charcos

Trip Start Feb 2007
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Trip End Apr 2009


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Thursday, August 9, 2007

This last Monday, Megan, Kevin, and I took off from Santiago to go climb some waterfalls!  It's a place called 27 Charcos, and it's about 40 mins from where I live, and it's something everyone needs to do if they come down here!  So we get there, get our guide, and get going.  It's a hike through a little river to get up to the falls, but it's absolutely gorgeous.  The guides literally pulled us up through theses waterfalls, and how they did this, I have no idea, because they are not big guys, but all of a sudden, they take your hand, and you're flying through the air, joints slightly out of place, but at least your up and on your way to the next one.  Some of the waterfalls, you climb a rope to get up, others you can climb, and others, you are pulled up by.  A lot of people only go up to the 7th waterfall, but we were going to the top.  After a couple of hours, we did make up it to the last waterfall, and to jump it is optional.  It's optional, because it's completely crazy.  It's about a 40ft jump, into a pool below that is about 5-7 ft wide, and once you're up there all you can see are rocks.  You can only take a "step" off, not a jump, because if you jump, you'll go to far and hit the rocks.  Um, scary!!  I stood up there for a long time, trying to get my heart back down to a normal speed, and then trying to convince myself to do it.  It was quite possibly the scariest thing I have ever done in my life, but I made the jump, and luckily avoided the rocks. It was intense, but worth it!!   The way down the falls was great.  We got to jump down pretty much all of them, and some we were able to slide down.  We swam in the pools and through the canyons, and it was incredible.  I wanted to take my camera, but since it's not waterproof, I opted against it. If you want to check out the site, go to www.27charcos.com
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