A great nights sleep and I head to breakfast. Its one of my favourite times at a hostel because its when you get to meet everyone. Sure you can talk to people at any time but at breakfast everyone is the same, not yet ready for the world and no one has their guard up.
I sit down with Amanda and there are some others already at the table; Chloe (brit), Duncan (brit), Nathaniel (US) and a couple others whos names i may have forgotten..
Everyone is making their plans for the day and talking about what there is to do in Banos (which turns out is a lot). Everyone has been here for different amounts of time so done various things which is really helpful.
Me and Amanda decide to go to Casa Del Arbol, its a viewpoint and swing that goes over the mountain and its on my ‘Must See’ list for my trip. There are loads of agencies that offer tours but its really not necessary. You can catch the bus for $1.50 and the stop is only a few blocks away.
The bus journey is slow, the roads are incredibly windy and the cars do not slow on corners but we make it in one piece. Its a short up hill walk to the entrance and when we make it im blown away.
Its more than just the treehouse and swing that i was expecting, it has been made into a park on top of the lush green mountain with bridges, swings and tyre lines. The views are incredible and the weather could not be better, blazing sunshine with just a slight breeze.
We make our way to the treehouse/ swing and wait for our turn (it isnt quite the tranquil, undisturbed place its depicted as). People are going upside down, screaming, posing in all kinds of ways and as i step up for my go im so excited. Having looked over the edge i dont think its really that high so i guess now i will find out!
Its an andrenaline rush and so much fun though i have to admit I would have like it to be a bit higher!
After Casa del Arbol we go on some of the park equipment and also wait with the rest of the kids for the mini zipline. Then its time to catch the bus back (they only leave at certain times) and hope we survive the journey, its notoriously worse going down.
In the dorm and Amanda is in bed while I try to search for warm clothes. Im explaining about my genius pillowcase-for-a-towel idea when she gives me one of her sarongs from Australia, I tell her I cant take it but she insists so now i have a real sarong for the beach, yay!
Lotte messages me and suggest going for dinner so we go to meet her and a guy from Austria who is in her dorm.
We stumble on this great restaurant (for the life of me i cant remember the name!) and its reasonably cheap. The food is amazing and the waiter goes above and beyond, even giving us 4 seperate bills. We have all eaten way too much and waddle our seperate ways to our hostels.
Heading to bed very content (if not a bit too full)