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Semuc Champey, Guatemala (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Semuc Champey, Guatemala

Map of Semuc Champey, Guatemala

Semuc Champey is in danger Our Driver Swimming at Semuc Champey
Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris) Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris) Stripe-tailed Hummingbird (Eupherusa eximia) - Female Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum) Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) Black-headed Saltator (Saltator atriceps)
Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) - Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) - Female Nonbreeding Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) - Male Nonbreeding Spot-breasted Wren (Thryothorus maculipectus)

Semuc Champey is an area known for its crystal clear pools on top of a sort of land bridge inside of a river valley. The surrounding area contains remnant forest patches and a lot of farming of chocolate and cardamom.


Mexico to Panama

1/30/2009: We arrived here after a several hour journey using the special tourist minibus. The tourist minibus is four times the price as the regular bus and nearly as uncomfortable, but at least you don't have to change buses or wait for a connection.

One of the attractions in this area is the Languin Cave which holds something like 20 million bats. Unfortunately, there is little protection for the bats, and a throng of about 30 backpackers stood at the cave entrance talking loudly and flashing the bats with their cameras.

Most of this area has been cleared for farmland with the main crops of cacao and cardamom, but near the caves and also near the pools, you can find some remnant forest patches. The locals were quite friendly, and the food and accommodations were pretty good here.

Previous Visit (Flores: 1/29/2009)
Next Visit (Santiago de Atitlan: 2/2/2009)

Species Recorded (29)

Birds ( 26 )

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Common Black-Hawk - Buteogallus anthracinus

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Groove-billed Ani - Crotophaga sulcirostris

Typical Owls ( Strigidae )
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl - Glaucidium brasilianum

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift - Panyptila cayennensis

Hummingbirds ( Trochilidae )
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird - Amazilia tzacatl
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird - Eupherusa eximia
Long-billed Hermit - Phaethornis longirostris

Motmots ( Momotidae )
Lessen's Motmot - Momotus lessonii

Cotingas ( Cotingidae )
Black-crowned Tityra - Tityra inquisitor

Wrens ( Troglodytidae )
Spot-breasted Wren - Pheugopedius maculipectus

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
White-throated Thrush - Turdus assimilis

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Wilson's Warbler - Cardellina pusilla
Worm-eating Warbler - Helmitheros vermivorum
Slate-throated Redstart - Myioborus miniatus
Magnolia Warbler - Setophaga magnolia
Chestnut-sided Warbler - Setophaga pensylvanica
Yellow Warbler - Setophaga petechia
Black-throated Green Warbler - Setophaga virens
Golden-winged Warbler - Vermivora chrysoptera

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Yellow-throated Euphonia - Euphonia hirundinacea
Summer Tanager - Piranga rubra
Yellow-winged Tanager - Thraupis abbas

Grosbeaks and Buntings ( Cardinalidae )
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Pheucticus ludovicianus
Black-headed Saltator - Saltator atriceps

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Orange-billed Sparrow - Arremon aurantiirostris

American Blackbirds and Orioles ( Icteridae )
Chestnut-headed Oropendola - Psarocolius wagleri


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