The hole in the Earth is shaped like an uppercase Bâ€”a ragged shaft plunging into the forest floor beneath us. It canâ€™t be more than two feet wide. Klaus Thymann, a 42-year-old Danish photographer, lays a pair of aluminum air tanks under a sapodilla tree as LuÃs Leal, a 50-year-old cave-diving instructor with a Trotskyesque beard and a tan mesh hat, shines a flashlight into the hole. The machete-cut path that brought us here is barely visible through the vine-clogged jungle, and all around, the strange whoop of the blue-feathered motmot bird reverberates.
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