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Pasabien Waterfall Photo at the Base of the Southern Foothills of the Sierra de las Minas, Guatemala in 1990

The Pasabien Waterfall is part of the Río Pasabien and carrys water that has fallen over the Santa Rosalía Waterfall

high in the Sierra de las Minas above the towns of Monte Grande and Pasabien, Departamento de Zacapa.

The Río Pasabien at this point is entering the Río Motagua Valley Arid Interior, an area whose

native vegetation is arid deciduous forest characterized by cacti and thorny scrub.

Guatemala  © 1990 Peter W. Wendelken

Pasabien Waterfall Photo at the Base of the Southern Foothills of the Sierra de las Minas, Depto. de Zacapa, Guatemala 1990 Photo by Peter W. Wendelken
In 1990, when this Pasabien Waterfall photo was taken, the canyon extending downstream from the waterfall was a cool, shady paradise, a respite from the unrelenting sun and lack of shade in the Río Motagua Valley of the Departamento de Zacapa. The sides of the Pasabien Waterfall canyon were lined by beautiful, giant ceiba trees which provided the bulk of the shade and the birding here was quite good. Subsequently, many of the large trees were cut down, thus altering the original condition of the environment at this site.

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