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Landscape of Guatemala: Cloudforests

Cloud forests are a type of evergreen mountain forest found in tropical areas. Usually lying at an elevation between 1000 and 2500 m the local conditions cause cloud and mist to be frequently in contact with the forest vegetation. Cloud foresrs are characterized by an abundance of mosses, ferns, orchids and other epiphytic plants on every tree and rock surface.
In Guatemala cloud forests are home of the Quetzal.

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Small river in the cloudforest

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Cascade of clouds

Looking like a gigantic cascade the clouds accumulate at the slops of Alta Verapaz. The meaning of the word "cloudforest" is shown very clear.
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Cascade in the cloudforest

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Village in the cloud forest

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Morning twilight at Alta Verapaz

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Girl in cloud forest

On our tour to Chicacnab, a community in the mountains of Alta Verapaz, this Mayan girls was our guide through the cloudforest to her village.
(c) Frieder Edelhäuser 2005