The Damajaguas Waterfalls seem familiar from the Latin American part of the show Аmazing Race. We weren’t expecting to see them live so soon, but apparently we were lucky. Today is going to be full of places, people, emotions and a contrary wind.
A big truck took us bouncing on the roads of the Dominican Republic towards Santiago. Children came out of shabby houses in the middle of nowhere to cheer at us and rejoice at the things people gave them from the truck. It looks degrading to throw sweets at kids behind the truck, but their joy is genuine. We climbed up and saw more and more peaks and paths while the shore and the sea were fading in the distance.
On the way there we replenished our strength with Dominican petrol – cuba libre (rum and Coca Cola) and cuba santos (rum and Sprite). We stopped for lunch in one backwater restaurant and of course, it was very tasty.
The Brugal family is the owner of the most precious things in the country – the № 1 rum factory, the eucalyptus forests along with the adjacent factories and the rock mines. Children and adults work in the mines. They are all members of the association of carpenters and miners, which should protect their human rights. Over 200 families are fed by the rock mining industry, which, as is the case with everything done by hand, is sold at higher prices and should attract with better quality. We didn’t stay long enough to see how often they take a break. They were extremely concentrated on their work.
In the next village we made coffee and cigarettes and watched legal cock fight.
We had no way of knowing what was the most important part of making coffee – that’s the singing of a special song. We saw for the first time a Larimar, a unique bright blue stone which is claimed to be found only in the Dominican Republic.
To reach the 27 waterfalls you have to cover the distance through the forests and the streams on foot. It takes about 30-40 minutes. Some of the cascades are enough to wring you thoroughly. The climbing, diving and all kinds of adventurer’s skills are tested.
|We are the champions!|
Several minutes of the trails of Nace on the waterfalls:
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