On a sunny day in Brazil, I left to embark on an 18-hour bus journey. But not without a little adventure.

It was scorching hot and I couldn’t see a bus in sight that could take me to the bus terminal on Argentina side from the frontier. Walking 5 km seemed like a task. So I went for the easiest way out – Stuck my thumb out. A couple of vehicles passed by and nobody stopped. Just when I turned around to find shade, a guy tapped my back and offered a ride (Now with a little more hitchhiking experience I can tell, that’s very rare). There were 2 other guys inside and they were all savoring the ‘magic plant’. All three spoke English and were for natural reasons pretty happy.

While talking they told me about this ‘Magical waterfalls’ they are looking for. They were relying on the instructions from one guy who had been there a few years ago. Can you picture this – ‘Three stoned guys, looking for a nameless waterfall, and no directions’. As crazy as it sounded to me, It also seemed very tempting. I decided to skip taking the bus which was leaving in an hour and instead take an evening bus. And just like that, I tagged along with them.

Sitting in the backseat I did ask myself a couple of times ‘What am I doing?’. I imagined myself being robbed and killed but eventually, it just turned out to be a really good experience.


Petrified of heights


At the first falls

We found the falls, went swimming, hiking, did some barbecue, and headed back.


Carefully treading my way back


Setting up the barbecue


Some stream crossings, and little jungle hiking later you reach here


Heading back


Managed to get my bus in time

Manisha Singh

In 2016, out of sheer hopelessness towards life, I quit my corporate job. The idea was to find happiness again. On this quest I went to Brazil and from there started my year-long journey in Latin America. A journey that was no short of a dream from soaking sun on the beaches of Brazil to witnessing calving glaciers of Argentina, from trekking to Machu Picchu to swimming in Mexican sink holes. And, life has never been mundane ever since. I continued traveling full time thereafter primarily in India stopping every now and then to find paid work.


Travellust Nomad · February 24, 2017 at 04:16

Woah ! Place seems awesome.. Hitch hiking is an adventure. Brave girl you are.

    Manisha Singh · March 1, 2017 at 04:37

    It’s also a necessity when you don’t have money 😀

A subscriber of your blog · February 19, 2017 at 19:32

These pictures and this post reminded me of my trip to Talofofo falls in Guam….. Where I hitchhiked with a guy who turned out to be a close friend of the guy selling entry tickets….I got a big discount on entry fee…He also dropped me at the nearest bus station on my way back….All the strangers on the road aren’t bad though they seem to be….It’s not wrong to exercise caution as a solo girl traveler…But, dont be skeptical of engaging with strangers especially with fellow travelers…You need to conquer your fear and mingle with wanderers…..Some of them out there are the best pals you would ever come across….

    Manisha Singh · February 19, 2017 at 19:55

    That sounds like a real fun story.
    3 months down the road, I now have many more tales of the generosity of strangers. In fact one of my favorite thing about traveling is meeting people.

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