Thanks to our friends Richard and Frederique on s/v Moira, we had some experts on the area to show us around. They took us on walks into the hills to cascade water falls, a meteor crater lake, swimming holes, hot springs, and old penal colony ruins. There were all kinds of interesting plants up in the hills. The heavy metals in the area prevent normal plants from growing, many of these plants are very unusual – possibly only found in this location. We saw two varieties of carnivorous plants, unusual orchids, and many others. There are no tall trees found, but that might be due to mining in the area 60 years ago.
The river water is fresh water and salt water. Since salt water is heavier, the salt water is a layer underneath the fresh. There are salt water coral under the river which I saw on a calm day while kayaking. I got some pictures of that too.
Check out the photos of the area in the album below. This is a really unique place. We are really glad we got to see it. Here’s your chance to get a taste of it:
Here is a map showing the area: