After 6 plus hours of a bumpy, windy roads we arrived in Toro Toro at 1am. Bleary eyed, we wandered through the town knocking on doors until someone answered, only to discover they had no rooms available. Eventually we found our accommodation, but had to barter to get a reasonable price.
Phew, we were quite happy to have a sleep-in and wander around town the next day. It was a spectacular sight, the town was set in a valley composed of amazing rock fins. Picture standing inside the bottom jaw of a crocodile mouth looking out, that is how this valley appeared. The villagers are still leading lives of hard manual labor. There were no tractors around to help them reap their fields or separate the wheat from the chaff, it was all done by hand!
Our second day, Bek's birthday!, was a busy one. First we crammed 8 people into a 5 seater car, then we flossed the crocodile teeth on our way up and over to the top of a nearby mountain range. Here we wandered through a mass of stone, eroded over the eons through the force of water. We encountered some amazing chapels and cathedrals of stone and some great vistas of the surrounding countryside.
Post lunch we ventured underground. We visited a cave full of sleeping vampire bats, squeezed through some very small spaces and even got to see some blind cave fish (again the stuff of documentaries).
Decomposing vampire bat
Blind cave fish
Bek actually is lying down here!
Rock-climbing at a whole new level.
The following day found us frolicking with the dinosaurs. There were so many dino footprints!
The theory is that there was a big migration of dinosaurs during a time of drought and all types came tromping through the area in search of greener pastures (really makes me want to watch 'The Land Before Time'!) There were footprints of the T-Rex, Velociraptor, Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and Pterodactyl among others. It was so interesting to see all the shapes, sizes and depths of the footprints.
We spent the rest of the day in Toro Toro canyon appreciating the 250m drop from the viewpoint, admiring the rare and endangered red-fronted macaw, and cooling off in the refreshing stream at the bottom of the canyon.