Our visit to Lake Yojoa was completely serendipitous. Our stay in Honduras had been longer than expected due to the civil unrest in Nicaragua, and this led us to this beauty spot completely by accident.
It being the largest lake in Honduras, we obviously took a trip out onto the water to admire the steep mountains covered in cloud forest from a unique vantage point. The paddling was easy enough since the lake was surprisingly still considering its size.
Freshwater completely characterises this section of Western Honduras; providing irrigation opportunities for the coffee-growing locals during the dry season and enabling them to supplement their income by selling fish caught from the divers in the lake. Large-scale aquaculture also exists here, supplying large corporations in the global North with fish.
Pulhapanzak Falls was a natural destination for our group of intrepid explorers, and was only an hour by bus from our hostel in the middle of the jungle. The waterfall emerges from the forest as the Rio Lindo plunges 43 meters over a rocky precipice. After donning life jackets and helmets we were even able to explore behind the curtain of water - seeking refuge in a natural pool carved into the rock by centuries of tumbling water.
Clinging to a rope clamped to the smooth surface and blindly following the person in front, we were pummeled by the water falling relentlessly from above as we edged our way cautiously behind the falls.
This unusual perspective of a natural phenomenon is just one way in which we have been lucky to view the world differently on the trail. All of nature is dynamic, and water shapes the world we explore in the same way as the volcano we climbed, the tropical reef we explored, and the wildlife which we have encountered. This has always happened and will continue to happen, despite humanity’s best efforts to curb and control it.
As we stood at the bottom of this momentous wall of flowing liquid, engulfed in its chilly mist, we were humbled by its scale and grandeur. It's no wonder so many of us are going on to study the natural world and its intricate workings!