Being in Palu and strolling around with a friend in a fair evening, we were approached by a group of nice young locals. One of them, Chan, could speak English and told us that they had been wandering around looking for some foreigners the whole day already, as well as all the last days amid the duration of the festival which had brought exceptionally many visitors to their city, but so far they didn’t have any good luck with their task, and they were lucky to find us at the end, as we were probably amongst the last visitors who still remained there, the festival having finished for some days already. The reason why they were in such a quest was plain enough, they just wanted to meet foreigners. We talked for some time about various stuff, and at the end, they proposed us to join them to some waterfalls the day after. We had a day till to spare in Palu, and what could be a better way to spend it than a jaunt to nature? They arrangements were done and early next morning our friends were picking us up with their motorbikes from the guesthouse.
The trip lasted for about two hours and it was very pleasant, passing through the numerous picturesque villages and along the scenic wild mountains of the area. Unfortunately, I am not able to give any exact directions as to how to get there, as I rather got busy marveling the surrounding beauties and curiosities instead of paying any serious attention to way we were following, but it pretty much was just driving south the main road that runs along the west bank of the main river until a certain point, some 50 km after the city, where we turned west towards the mountains for a short drive to the park gates. There we had to pay a small fee of 7500 IDR upon entering the park. We parked the bikes and we continued on foot on what would be a short charming hike along the stream and in between the high walls of the gully until we reached our destination.
There we witnessed a huge and boisterous waterfall falling with great force from the mountains above us, as well as a few smaller following. We found quite many other locals who were there already, and many more kept coming after us. All of them got very excited to see us and were coming to chat and take pictures with us. We spent there many hours swimming in the pools, jumping into them from the rocks, playing around climbing and stuff and just laying down relaxing and enjoying the profound serenity of the place. We drove away in the afternoon and finished our day’s trip at Chan’s house, where we had a delicious sea-food dinner which our friend’s mother and sisters did prepare for us, and was undoubtedly the best meal I have ever had in Indonesia until this very day. That was pretty much how yet another beautiful day in Sulawesi passed by.