The Natural Bridge
Trip Start May 01, 2001
44Trip End Jun 30, 2001
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Day 193: 4 hours, 1.9 kms
After a bit of a wait, I finally catch a taxi heading up into the Atlas foothills. Finally a bit of natural beauty.
I wasn't all that excited about seeing Morocco’s most famous Natural Bridge. After all, I saw a couple of natural bridges in Kentucky, USA... once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all , right?
But Pont Imin Ifni is just a few kilometres from Demnate so I still figure I ought to check it out
I find a van heading up that way--although I would've gladly made the 6 km hike up through beautiful wooded landscape. We pass groups of local young fellows heading the same direction--but the driver doesn't stop... I guess he knows that they aren't gonna pay...
And then I get the first glimpse of the Natural Bridge. It's like an enormous opening to a cave with stalagtites and all sorts of cool cavelike formations and it opens to a vast and beautiful valley. Far below a playful stream with multiple little waterfalls splashes through.
No, all Natural Bridges are not created equal--and Morocco's has gotta be one of the coolest...
There's a stairway down to the bottom where young folks swim in a pool in the stream--I go in through the cathedrallike entrance, snapping pictures like crazy, trying to get different angles of this amazing formation--no single photo can really do it justice.
Once inside, I find a stairway that looks like a Stairway to Hell, winding up the side of the cave. The steps pretty slick with constant dripping water...
And to top it off, once on the other side, I find another pool all to myself with my own little personal Natural Bridge--a big boulder with a waterfall pouring in through a hole
Yep, Imin Ifni was definitely more than worth the visit.
I climb up another stairway on the other side, and cross the top of the bridge to the little village of Ifni nearby. There's one tourist lodge there, and a couple of rural homes and that's it... I follow a path to the edge of the village and on to a flowery valley up stream with some cool geological layers giving a little glimpse into the formation of the bridge...
I head on back to the bridge and there have one of the coolest parkbenching sessions ever--singing to the vast canyon and valley below.
A couple of fellows come to listen, including a professional trekking guide. Finally, fully satisfied with my amazing afternoon, we head on back to Demnate...