|The lagoons of Semuc Champey|
Semuc Champey is a rough ride down into a wild and beautiful area. Once inside the park, you'll want to take a dip in the crystal blue waters. There are little brown fish that will nibble on your hairs and dead skin. I know. It sounds gross, but you'll find yourself oddly liking it:) Word of caution. If you do go for a swim, don't leave your belongings unattended. Kids will come out of the forest and steal them! Also, it can be rainy with the trails muddy and slick at times. But my lifer, the Swallow-tailed Kite, at the top of Mirador, was so worth it.
Below is a shot of the Cahabón river flowing underground where it resurfaces on the other side of the bridge. This special area is unique in that it has created a network of underground caverns. It was here that I discovered hundreds of swifts flying under and around this natural bridge. I safely clung to the side as I observed them fly in and out of these underground caverns.
Swifts are naturally difficult to capture with photos, but here are the White-collared Swifts in the dark gray skies on this day.
Our trek out to Semuc Champey was eventful and worth the pain. But we weren't done. I said good-bye to the park for the last time and tried to remember it all. We had a couple more stops to make. So we headed back to the village of Lanquín for a late dinner and a trip back to our headquarters in Coban.
It's different now. I don't know if I'll make it back to Coban in this lifetime because there are so many other places to explore, but it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited in my life! Sure, it's rough, but on a stressful day at work, all you have to do is transport yourself back to the memory and everything will be okay. It's that beautiful.