East Java (continued)

Part II –  Madakaripura Waterfall

After witnessing Mt Bromo at Dawn, we drove through the winding mountain road taking us through the dense green jungles of East Java. We had one stop left on this Indonesian island, and it was the Madakaripura Waterfall.

As our driver dropped us off, we were swept up by a wave of locals who very eagerly wanted to show us their hidden gem. Being three ladies, we caused much excitement and without having much say in the matter, we allowed ourselves to be escorted to the waterfall. Oh and escorted we were.

The trail towards the waterfall followed the river through a lush valley, flourishing with ferns and moss and all kinds of jungle vegetation. Eager hands were there to help every time the river had to be crossed and numerous shoulders were offered to lean on. Our new friends wanted to make sure we were as comfortable as possible. Luckily, at some point, our entourage started tapering off and we were able to continue further in peace.

With the surrounding cliffs getting higher and narrower, we ventured deeper into the jungle until we had no choice but to walk withing the river itself. Tunnelled by fern-draped rocks, we pushed further until we came to halt in a cove. With water pouring straight out of the vegetation blanketing the cliffs above us, we had arrived inside the Madakaripura Waterfall. We had stumbled across a magical place that until earlier that day, we had no idea existed. The amount of hidden gems this world has to offer is countless.

Following the river back, a few lingering locals waited for us to help us back to our car. We met up with our driver and shared a few snacks before making our way to the airport. Day one, done. Next destination, the neighbouring province, Bali.