Most of you might not be aware of the largest and southernmost island of the Mariana archipelago called Guam. This island has been a US territory since 1898. Despite its size, which is significantly smaller than other US cities, Guam has a lot to offer the adventurous traveler. My family and I recently visited Talofofo Falls and Resort Park.
The said most popular falls in Guam, USA is located in the village of Talofofo. Adults pay an entrance fee of $10 while children enter for $5. The fee entitles the visitor to a Mini Train Ride, a Cable Car Ride, a visit to the Historical Museum and a ride in the Turn Around Chair. For an additional fee, one can also try the Monorail and enter the Ghost House.
Our favorites are the two minute cable car ride which offers a magnificent view of the waterfalls. We also liked crossing the suspension bridge while enjoying the view all around. Also, the Historical Museum is interesting to visit if youÃ?Â´re curious to know GuamÃ?Â´s rich heritage.
My absolute favorite however is the rendition of Sergeant Soichi YokoiÃ?Â´s cave. Yokoi was a Japanese soldier who hid in the jungles of Talofofo during World War 2. His two other companions werenÃ?Â´t as fortunate as he was for they died while in hiding. Yokoi managed to survive in the jungle by building a small cave for shelter where he lived for 28 years.
I am amazed at this manÃ?Â´s resourcefulness and will to live. Forget those Survivor shows, in my opinion Sergeant Yokoi is the ultimate survivor. Yet it is also sad to think that he lived in isolation for many years not knowing that the war has indeed ended.
He was finally discovered by local farmers in 1972 and returned to Japan where he was given monetary compensation by their government. He eventually married and enjoyed the rest of his life until 1997 when he passed away.
If you want to experience something unique and different, Talofofo Falls and Resort Park is the perfect destination for you.