Three tips for a top-notch trail walk to the sacred Chief Mendihuaca Pool

October 18, 2018

Our new Wellness tours offer the perfect balance of awe-inspiring destinations, rejuvenating activities, and healthy food experiences, helping you return home feeling even better than when you left. Each of our Wellness tours covers three important pillars: Mindfulness, Movement, and Nourishment. In this new blog series, we want to shed a little more light on exactly what this will look like once you embark on your tour. Here, how to ensure your trail walk is as comfortable as possible.

Deep in the Colombian Sierra Nevada is the Chief Mendihuaca Pool, an ancient site that has been used in sacred rituals by Colombia’s Indigenous people for millennia. If you want to get there — and, trust us, you do — you’ll have to walk through the forest itself, on dirt paths that are at times narrow.

It’s not a challenging trek or hike, but even gentle walks through rural foothills require a bit of safety and care. Here are three tips to make sure you make it to Chief Mendihuaca Pool in tip-top shape.

1. Wear proper footwear.

This almost goes without saying! You may find yourself relaxed and rejuvenated as you luxuriate in the warm air and lush greenery of the Sierra Nevada, but a walk to Chief Mendihuaca Pool is no stroll on the beach. Its pace is gentle, yes, but slip off those flip-flops and slip into a pair of hiking shoes, runners, or sandals, to make sure you’re as sure-footed as possible on unpaved paths and trails.

2. Bring water

It doesn’t matter how much you move — or if you aren’t moving at all: it gets hot in the rainforest, and any level of physical exertion will dehydrate you. Even for a gentle stroll, be sure to bring plenty of water.

3. Take things at your own pace

If you hit a spot on the trail that’s a bit slippery, steep, or a bit more overgrown than in other spots, don’t rush! Take your time to make sure you navigate each step along the way at a pace that’s safe and comfortable for you. This way, you’ll avoid slipping and falling, or moving in such a way that you cause your body undue strain and even injury. Remember: you and your group are all headed to the same spot! If you need to slow down for a minute or two, tell the person directly ahead of you; you’ll catch up in no time.

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