Salida de Sotano de los Golondrinas…

‘k, so I got up at 5:00am and headed down to the cave to watch the  birds exit.  Was it worth it you ask? Hell Yeah!

It’s a crazy site that’s hard to describe, and with the speed, size, and lack of light, you can’t photograph it either; But imagine 60 million swallows spiraling up a cave and through and opening of about 80 meters diameter, all in a lane no wider than 5 meters, at 160 Km an hour. …I’m sayin’

At first all you can pick out is the intense sound of them whizzing and whooshing around. As it gets lighter and you begin to focus better you then start to see is a cylindrical blur, like a giant swarm of mosquitoes speeding around the outer walls of the cave. If you look up, you can catch them quite clearly separating and exiting the cave only meters above your head but it takes a while to be able to focus on the spiral in the cave and catch up to their speed. …But once you do, you can start to fathom the numbers of birds swarming around in such a tight space. I think there’s a horror movie or book in there somewhere. You could call it Birds.

The whole thing lasts about 30-40 minutes and its like way trippy and kinda mind-boggling. Not to mention some of the facts stated on the signs for those of you not in the know. Here goes… This type of swallows flies at 160 Km per hour (in a much, much tighter oval than any Nascar race. …That’s my tidbit for y’alls). In order to maintain their energy, the average swallow eats approximately 10,000 insects per day (good pest control). 60 million of these birds live in this one cave 376 meters deep and 60ish meters wide. Demz some trivia for y’alls and if you’re ever in the area, it’s worth a visit. And if you want the experience of rappelling the cave, talk to Teno. There was more trivia but it was in Spanish so that’s all from me folks…

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