#story . This was the kind of tour where you have to sign a death and dismemberment waiver for them to even consider taking you. To start, we free repelled 37 stories into the Lost World cave. Once you're down there, the only way out is to climb, scramble and swim your way upstream an underground river to the cave entrance miles on the other side, encountering albino eels and countless spiders along the way. When we reached the Impossible Waterfall, named for when spelunkers originally found this cave and had deemed it impassible, I thought it was actually a joke. There's no way an idiot American tourist like myself hasn't died trying to climb this thing. But adrenaline rushing to the max, almost slipping and falling into the river below, I made it to the other side of the raging falls thanks to sheer determination. And before I knew it, we were sitting in our own cavern with a sky of glow worms, mesmerized by their blue lights twinkling all around us. When we finally emerged out of the mouth of the cave, seeing sunlight for the first time in seven hours having reached a new level of physical exhaustion, I knew I had experienced something special. Something rare. Only a handful people have made it all the way through the Lost World, and I was lucky enough to be one of them. A travel experience that fills you with confidence and accomplishment and respect for the planet you live on. That changes you for the better.
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