“Hiking here is like bikram yoga”, a hiker said when we were sweating from the whole body. We were all laughing, cause it was so true. The air was humid, the sun was hot and we got even warmer when hiking here. But it was worth it, because the national park was so beautiful.
The most beautiful hike of them all was the hike to Antelope Falls. The hike had a nice trail path through a jungle of many different kinds of trees, going upwards the mountain. In the end of the trail, after 2,9 km, we came to a part of the river where we could cool down. We could not wait to put the bikini on and jump into the water.
Different trails to hike
As you can see on the map below, Antelope Falls was to the right when we came into the national park. When we came back to the entrance, we began the hike to Bocawina Falls. This was more like a road and not so beautiful as Antelope Falls. But it was an okay hike anyway, and we also got a new chance to dip our bodies into the lovely cold water. It is also possible to walk further from Bocawina Walls and into a 6 hour hike, but we did not had time to do that this time. Istead, we went back to the entrance and walked around to see the ruins, which they actually have not dug up yet.
There is a few different trails to hike as you can see on the map below. My favorite is the hike to Antelope Falls, but if you want a longer hike, maybe you can check out the 6 hour hike and tell me how it was 😉
Other things to do in Mayflower Bocawina National Park
You can also combine hiking with waterfall rappelling or ziplining. I did ziplining in an another park close by instead, combined with river tubing. You can read about that here. There is also some packages where you can stay in the park for many days.
How to get from Hopkins to Mayflower Bocawina National Park
I stayed at Funky Dodo Backpackers in a city nearby called Hopkins. There I also got to know 3 other travelers that wanted to join me hiking in Mayflower National Park.
The most normal way to get to the park is to take a taxi. They take 80 US dollars to drive to the park and pick us up later. This is also a bit expensive. We ended up talking with a new friend of us, and paid him 40 US dollars instead. There is always many possibilities, but this place require a car. There is no bus.
PS: The park is closing at 4 pm.
What to bring
- Food and water. This is not a city, so bring your own food. We got burgers, nuts and fruits and was eating well before and after the hike.
- Bikini. You will definitely take a swim in the river!
- Good shoes.
- Money to pay the entrance fee. 5 US per person.