Deep within the Cumaca forest on the Turure River lies a series of beautiful, spread type waterfalls better known as Turure Water Steps.
The name is derived from its disposition of that of a step like structure. The hike begins with a small incline that leads into untouched tropical forest where we cross numerous streams. We continue up the river trail until we arrive at the majestic and picturesque limestone formation of the Turure Water Steps. The crystal clear water cascades down each level providing hikers with excellent pools for bathing and enjoying nature’s simple gift. Want to try something new! Rappelling up the rock face is an experience that you will not want to miss.
Q & A ABOUT The Limestone of Turure
Limestone is a sedimentary rock made up largely of the mineral calcite (calcium carbonate: CaCO3). The primary source of the calcite in limestone is most commonly marine organisms. These organisms secrete shells made of aragonite or calcite, and leave these shells behind after the organisms die. The solubility of limestone in water and weak acid solutions leads to important phenomena. Areas overlying limestone bedrock tend to have fewer visible groundwater sources (ponds and rivers), as surface water easily drains downward through joints in the limestone. While draining, water and organic acid from the soil slowly (over thousands or millions of years) enlarges these cracks, dissolving the calcium carbonate and carrying it away in solution. Most cave systems are through limestone bedrock. Coastal limestone is often eroded by organisms which bore into the rock by an assortment of means. This progression is known as bio erosion. It is most widespread in the tropics. Because of impurities, such as clay, sand, organic remains, iron oxide and other materials, many limestones display diverse colours, particularly on weathered surfaces. Calcium (along with nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) is a key mineral to plant nutrition: soils overlying limestone bedrock tend to be pre-fertilized with calcium. Limestone is an important stone for masonry and architecture, vying only with granite and sandstone to be the most commonly used architectural stone. Limestone is a key ingredient of quicklime, mortar, cement, and concrete.
Rating: Easy (1)
Duration: 45 mins one way
Category: Waterfall Destination