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13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Semuc Champey Falls

This is the view of the bottom waterfall at Cemuc Champey, Guatemala. I had to bribe some locals to walk down a closed path to get to these falls. I hiked for about 30 minutes until I reached what the ancient Mayans considered a place of cleansing. After climbing over several boulders, I sat for almost an hour and waited for the sun go drop behind the falls.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2015
Date Uploaded: 10.2015
Photo Location: Semuc Champey, Guatemala
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Copyright: © Mike Mendoza