I’ve always been fascinated by the Andean cloud forest But I’ve never been here before. This little cable car is taking me across the valley to the Santuario De Cascadas De Mindo — the Sanctuary of Waterfalls inside the Mindo Nambillo cloud forest preserve (Spanish) I’m Ready – thanks! (Spanish) Good. Right now we are at this point. OK The cable car operator is explaining to me that there are two different trails One of the trails takes almost an hour each way to a huge waterfall called Cascada Reina. That means Queen waterfall The other trail is shorter and leads to five waterfalls This is a good spot where you can see both ways up the trail. So I was just walking down the trail and I passed this fruit that’s fallen from a tree I guess and Judging by the smell. I’m 99% Sure this is Well, actually no I thought this was a guava but I think this is actually a passion fruit. This is just a really huge passion fruit Damn it smells good though So you could actually eat this seeds and all Of course, I’m not going to because I don’t know what the deal is with this one. It was just on the ground, but it does smell nice. Alright, so we’ve reached Cascada Nambillo and I just want to make a quick video when I got to the bottom here. There’s restrooms and a little picnic area and My first thought was that kind of I wasn’t crazy about it because it takes away the feeling of just being in nature or whatever a little bit I guess I mean even though it looks pretty rustic But it’s better than having people going to the bathroom in the river. I think so It’s fine (rushing water) OK, so check it out! Here’s, ah, La Cascada Nambillo (Chill Music) So I thought this would be a pretty little spot to take a little rest for a minute and I just wanted to talk about how incredibly lucky we are that We have this kind of weather right now because this is a cloud forest and usually it would be you know if not raining probably damp, you know with a lot of moisture dripping down from the leaves and it seems like We’re here at a time when Maybe there hasn’t been rain for a few days. So it’s dry There’s nothing dripping because if there were it would be really difficult to use the 3d camera. So as much as I really would honestly like to see, you know a a more cloudy cloud forest. I am really happy that the weather has turned out in a way that we can use this camera. So Really cool. We’re very lucky and I’m going to enjoy every bit of it. (mysterious music) (insects and birds) So I’m in the process right now of descending Some really steep stairs to get to these waterfalls This is going to be hard work hiking back up (splashing) So here’s that first waterfall a little bit of a splashy spot, but I thought it was a great place to put the camera Where else but on Richard’s Favorite Places could you see Something like this In 360 degree Virtual Reality? Honestly there’s probably some other places… but I hope that in this unique place, maybe I’m the first? I don’t know. But, ah, Enjoy! So it would appear that If I want to shoot these waterfalls Standing on anything resembling dry land it’s going to be an exercise in total futility. Just the only way to get where we can see it is to put the camera in the water so I’m about to do a wardrobe change and I’m going to extremely carefully Go out to a little spot. I’ve Checked out over there and try to set this thing up without it falling in the water so it’s not going to fall in the water because I’m going to take every precaution that it does not (rushing water and soothing music) (water pitter pattering) Okay, so I thought this was kind of funny. Cascada Madre I guess, that means waterfall mother like it’s the mother of all waterfalls. It really looks like it might be because This is by far the biggest that we’ve seen so far on this trail and it is Massive I mean it just starts way up there comes all the way down and around and And I think that’s even a part of it over there, so It’s like a 360 waterfall (rushing water) So, this is great we’ve got a great view of the waterfall Without having to get wet. I’m so happy It’s still a little precarious there on a rock But I’ll take that what we’re getting into water and I love what they’ve done Well, I think they’ve just taken advantage of these massive fallen trees to make a stairway up Come over there and lead you right to this little spot. So it’s a perfect place to see the waterfall. Trying to get out of the shot Wanted to show you guys but I had to cross To put the camera where you’re standing and I just almost slipped Coming back over here, but There’s no way to go to the rest of the waterfalls Without crossing over this Very slippery (rushing, splashing water) All right, this is it! Our final waterfall on this trail and the words of the late Steve Irwin, “Ain’t she a beaut!” Just walls of stone covered in moss and ferns Just gorgeous (Funky Music) So if you’ve made it this far that means you’ve watched pretty much the entire video and I just (clears throat) And I just want to say thank you. Thank you for watching. 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