El Bejuco Waterfalls, Pico Bonito National Park, La Ceiba, Honduras

I like to drive around, see what’s close to the town I’m staying in.

This is what I saw when I took a side street that follows the Cangrejal River that flows out of Pico Binito National Park.

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The El Bejuco Waterfalls in Pico Benito National Park, Honduras. About 250 ft. high

The photo is being taken from across the river, on the side of the road. I’m about 2 or 3 miles from the falls.

El Bejuco waterfall

El Bejuco waterfall, Pico Benito National Park, Honduras.

You really never are able to see the actual bottom of the waterfalls, even as you stand next to it after a hike.(A serous hike!) The trees of the jungle block the view of the bottom.

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El Bejuco Waterfall, Pinco Benito National Park, Honduras

I read up on the park and find that there’s a hike one can take that’s supposed to be 1 1/2 hours long. I know these article writes and their concept of hikes and time. Ain’t no fricken way this cowboy is doing this hike in 1 1/2 hours.

It’s going to be hard on the legs and lungs, and it’s going to be hot and I’ll be sweating like a stuck pig. Ahhhh, what the hell – how many times am I going to be in Honduras and to be able to see this sucker up close. Not anytime soon!

Off I go. For $4.00 you get access to the park – pretty cheap, really.

First up is the hanging bridge.

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The hanging bridge that takes you over the Cangrejal River heading into Pinco Benito National Park, La Ceiba, Honduras

You walk about 100 ft. over the Cangrejal River, walk about 100 yads, and your in the deep, dark rainforest. And, it be really dark.

It’s so full of growth – plants, trees, bugs, fungus, bugs, small streams, small waterfalls, bugs – your lucky to be able to follow the path. Did I mention bugs enough? (There’s lots of bugs)

Good and easy to see in some spots, and in other areas it’s like – what happened to the fricken path, where am I supposed to walk here? The path is well maintained, and then it isn’t.

Not to take anything away from the park guys – this is a cloud/rain forest – things rot quickly, plants grow like there ain’t going to be any tomorrow, and the bugs – did I mention the bugs?

Ants moving little pieces of what they’ve chewed off, moving it to their nest and young ‘uns.  And other bugs I don’t want to talk about right now. Can’t see ’em, but they bite and get into your nose hairs. …..

Anywho, hiking, yeah, that’s what this is about.

You’d think you’d see seeds, flowers that sort of thing. But, no.

The older trees block out most of the sunlight, so very few plants have a chance to produce anything. You’ll see little seeds like this every now and then, but mostly it’s all green, and more green – ferns, fauna, fungi – that sort of thing.

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Seeds in Pinco Benito National Park, Honduras

 

 

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Seeds in Pinco Benito National Park, Honduras

Then you get to see some really weird fungi growth – ideal environment for them. Love lots of humidity and heat, they do. Feed ’em crap and keep ’em in the dark.

Did I mention it was God awful hot?

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Fungi in Pinco Benito National Park, Honduras

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On this hike you go over a lot of small streams, winding their way down to the Cangrejal River. In that process, eroding away the mountain sides, and creating little waterfalls that sometimes are real difficult to catch sight of.

This one, easy for me – hey, give me a break, I’m tired. :)

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Pinco Benito National Park waterfalls

Next one, easy but not as much!

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Pinco Benito National Park Waterfall Honduras

Not much of a waterfall – cascading water, would work! And work, the water does, on tearing the mountain sides away, over time.

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Waterfalls in Pinco Benito National Park, Honduras

The next one I heard, but couldn’t figure out where the sound of a waterfall was coming from. This pic might give you an idea of the growth in the cloud/rainforest.

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Waterfalls on the hike to the main event in Pinco Benito National Park

 

Look closely through the trees, and this is coming down at about five different levels. Tough to see through the trees, isn’t it?

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Waterfalls in the Pinco Benito National Park, Honduras

I spent a lot of time trying to capture the beauty of this hike – waterfalls, plant life, not too many birds or animals to see.

I must get truckin’ or I’ll lose day light. (Sorry, spent the night in the jungle once, ain’t doing that again, any time soon – and that was 4 yrs. ago!)

So trudge, truck and hike I did.

By the time I reached the lookout point, the muscles in my legs looked about as relaxed as this tree – but, I had to get out! No choice, walk it off I did!

Knotted tree

These things grow all over the place in the Pinco Benito National Park. This is about the way my muscles were halfway through the hike!

Here she be, in all her partial glory. When taking this, I’m about 1/3 the way down the waterfall.

El Bejuco waterfall

The El Bejuco Waterfall, Pnco Benito National Park, La Ceiba, Honduras

If you like the sounds and looks of a waterfall, enjoy the following video!

About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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10 Responses to El Bejuco Waterfalls, Pico Bonito National Park, La Ceiba, Honduras

  1. Stevie says:

    Beautiful photos!

  2. Susan says:

    Quite a hike – and great photos!

  3. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for the compliment, there Stevie,
    Means a lot to me, I appreciate it.
    And you taking the time to send out a comment – well, slap my knee and I’ll let out a yeeee haaaw!
    Thanks!
    Hope you’re having a great time in the RV and that Tree and Soli are doing well.
    Cheers.
    John

  4. John Wilson says:

    Hi Susan,
    Yeah, it was a heck of a hike.
    63 yrs old, and smoking a pack a day – sure does make me realize my health is in dire straights if I want to do this kind of hike again.
    And thanks much for the compliment on the photos – trying hard to improve on that.
    Hope your rv adventuring is boat loads of fun.
    Travel safely, play nice and do it with a smile on your face – no one can tell if your fooling around or not!
    Cheers,
    John

  5. Scott Nelson says:

    Great Photos

  6. John Wilson says:

    Thanks Scott,
    I appreciate you taking the time to leave a compliment like that!
    Rock on!
    Cheers

  7. John Wilson says:

    Might have some great rainbows around that park, but didn’t see any the days I was there.
    Maybe you should check it out to add to your collection!
    Thanks for taking the time to comment and leave such a nice compliment.
    Cheers

  8. Gary Loper says:

    Thanks for sharing this adventure – I love exploring waterfalls

  9. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for for visiting and leaving a comment, Gary.
    Have a great week!
    Cheers

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