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Sierra de las Minas Photo

Santa Rosalia Waterfall Photo of Water Plunging off the Crest of the Waterfall high in the Sierra de las Minas

The Santa Rosalía (also known as Chalía) Waterfall is high above the towns of Monte Grande and Pasabien,

Departamento de Zacapa. This water is part of the Río Pasabien, and, far downslope,

the Río Pasabien flows over the Pasabien Waterfall and out into the Río Motagua Valley.

Guatemala    © 2000 Peter W. Wendelken



Santa Rosalía Waterfall Photo in the Sierra de las Minas above Monte Grande, Depto. de Zacapa, Guatemala, 2000 Photo by Peter W. Wendelken

The Santa Rosalía Waterfall  has several drops. The one shown here is the uppermost. Below the Santa Rosalía Waterfall was a beautiful, verdant mountain valley. Where the rocky stream below the waterfall traversed this valley, one could find the American Dipper. On February 22, 2000, the day I took this photo, my wife, Enelda, and I saw 4 species of Orioles in a single tree in this mountain valley: Baltimore Oriole, Black-cowled Oriole, Yellow-backed Oriole, and Altamira Oriole. In the forests alongside the waterfall and in the mountain valley we saw Black-throated Green Warbler, Grace's Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow Grosbeak, Red-throated Ant-Tanager, Western Tanager and Brown Creeper.

Subsequently, the construction of a small hydroelectric dam has flooded the heart of the mountain valley into which the Santa Rosalía Waterfall descends.

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