Tamanique Waterfalls

I have been going to the beach at El Tunco for years now and know the locals and one of my friends told me about some beautiful waterfalls near the beach. I have always wanted to go but never have. In celebration of my birthday we decided to go to hike to them. One of the local surfers, Ronal, was our guide and we jumped on a bus for $0.50 and rode up into the mountains about 20 kilometers to the quaint little town called Tamanique. We then hiked a good 30 or 40 minutes down to the waterfalls. The cool thing about this hike was that 15 minutes into it you were already seeing small waterfalls, rapids, and crystal clear (no pun intended) pools. We had fun at one of the first waterfalls jumping off the rocks into the beautiful and cold pools of water. Finally, reaching the bottom was the biggest and most beautiful waterfall. As we were swimming toward it to touch the falls it was like swimming upstream or against a current and the wind coming off of it was unbelievable. It was so much fun and so beautiful. According to El Salvador Travel (http://www.elsalvador.travel/en/tamanique-2/) Tamanique means hill of the capture in the indigenous language of El Salvador Nahautl. Supposedly the old Tamanique town was known as "Cinacantán" where a major battle of natives and Spaniards took place. It is said that the town of Tamanique is older than the republic of El Salvador. The hike is somewhat strenuous but totally worth it. My only recommendation would be using hiking shoes or at the very least tennis shoes, a rope, water to drink, and granola bar.

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