Conservation Expeditions in the Laguna del Tigre National Park
One of the main aims of Indigo Expeditions is to promote the conservation of biodiversity in the Laguna del Tigre National Park. Our Expeditions allow us to carry out wildlife surveying & monitoring, specialising in the ecology and behaviour of reptiles and amphibians. We have developed a unique training programme offering our research assistants invaluable experience in tropical field biology.
Reptile and amphibian training in the Laguna del Tigre National Park
23 June – 4 July (2 weeks) £1,440
11 August – 23 August (2 weeks) £1,440
23 June – 23 August (2 months) £3,995
As a research assistant on our Herping for the Future Programme, you will be involved in both terrestrial and riparian surveys for reptiles and amphibians. You will have the opportunity to:
- develop your tropical field ecology skills,
- evolve your understanding of reptile & amphibian biology,
- practise herpetological field survey techniques,
- learn ethical & respectful animal surveying methods,
- expand your knowledge of working safely with venomous snakes,
- and connect to nature.
During your time with us, we hope you will develop a deeper appreciation of the amazing creatures that we share this planet with.
We have established our flagship project at Estación Biológica las Guacamayas. The facilities here are out of this world, making it the most comfortable biological station we have had the pleasure of working at.
Overlooking the San Pedro River, it is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a survey. Whether it is catching up with the team in the social area, or chilling out in the pool while watching crocs in the river.
Thank you for expressing an interest to explore with us!Rowland Griffin
Day 1: Your Expedition starts in Flores. After breakfast, we travel into Laguna del Tigre National Park by road for 2.5 hours. At the community of Paso Caballos, and the source of the San Pedro River, we will be met by boat and take the 30 minute river journey to Las Guacamayas.
We can expect to see abundant wildlife along the river banks from herons to osprey, and river turtles to crocodiles. We will arrive at Las Guacamayas in time for a late lunch.
After we get settled in, we will spend the afternoon getting oriented with our surroundings. In the late afternoon and evening we will take our first forays into the forest .
Day 2: After a hearty breakfast the expedition will begin in earnest. We will spend the morning learning about the various survey methods and handling techniques that we will be using throughout our stay at Las Guacamayas.
In the afternoon we will take a long hike through the forest to get used to being in the tropical environment, and to tune into our vibrant surroundings. In the evening we will conduct our first proper survey for reptiles & amphibians.
Day 3 through 13: Over the next 8 days we will survey various habitats from rivers and swamps, to agricultural forest edge and dense low lying forest deep in the National Park. We will also get the chance to visit the little explored Mayan ruins of Waka el Peru that are a day’s hike from Las Guacamayas.
Some of the many species of reptiles and amphibians we might expect to find here include red-eyed treefrogs, casque-headed treefrogs, helmeted iguanas, boa constrictors, coral snakes and fer-de-lance to name a few…
Other sightings may include spider monkeys, tayra, howler monkeys, coatis, armadillos, tapir and even the elusive jaguar.
Day 14: After breakfast we will leave Las Guacamayas and return to Flores. We will arrive in time for a late lunch. In the evening the group has the opportunity to meet for a final meal before heading home the following day.
Where are we based?
We are based at the Estación Biológica las Guacamayas, in the region of El Petén, northern Guatemala.
What species are we likely to find?
The region is highly biodiverse and home to nearly 200 species of reptiles and amphibians. Species we are likely to find include Yucatan banded gecko, the endangered and endemic Morelet’s crocodile, green iguana, red-eyed treefrog, striped basilisk, boa constrictor, variable coral snake, and the infamous barba amarilla, or fer-de-lance.
Other notable species found here include howler monkeys, spider monkeys, tapirs, harpy eagles and the elusive and ever alluring jaguar.
What is included in the cost?
- Transport between Flores & Estación Biológica las Guacamayas
- Accommodation at Estación Biológica las Guacamayas
- All meals and non alcoholic drinks at Estación Biológica las Guacamayas
- All field training and supervision at Estación Biológica las Guacamayas
What is not included?
- International flights
- Domestic flights between Guatemala City to Flores
- Accommodation, meals, drinks etc in Flores and Guatemala City (1 night needed in each)
- Snacks and sundries
- Tips and gratuities
- Visas and ESTA’s (if travelling through the US)
- Travel Insurance (this is essential)
- Anything else not stated in the “What is included” section above
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What a trip! I’ve been on many similar trips, all over the world and I have to say, this one was one of the best!!
Great location, amazing species (and lots of them!) a fantastic team and top class facilities!
I’m really looking forward to getting more involved in this Project and with Rowland’s skills and enthusiasm, it can only succeed.James Hennessy
Estación Biológica las Guacamayas
In 2013 Indigo Expeditions, then known as Project Chicchan, established its flagship Project in the region of Petén at La Estación Biológica las Guacamayas, or Las Guacamayas for short. It is located in the heart of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
For over 10 years, the station has monitored the local populations of scarlet macaw (Ara macao), Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreleti), Central American river turtle (Dermatemys mawi), tapir (Tapirus bairdi) and jaguar (Panthera onca).
Las Guacamayas has been working to protect the biodiversity of the Laguna del Tigre National Park since 1996 and is collaborating with Indigo Expeditions to expand its wildlife surveying and inventory. Research assistants survey the remote rainforest surrounding Las Guacamayas.
The findings from the conservation expeditions at Las Guacamayas contribute future land management of the largest national park in Guatemala, the Laguna del Tigre.
I was lucky enough to spend four weeks with Indigo Expeditions in the Las Guacamayas research station. The area, wildlife and atmosphere of the expedition did not disappoint. The expedition is run in a very unique way to previous experiences I have had, with a research objective in mind, yet an unrivalled respect for both fauna and flora of the area.
It was refreshing to be surrounded with such amazing wildlife, with company that shares the same level of passion for everything encountered. Indigo Expeditions offers a chance to explore a relatively undisturbed area of natural Guatemalan humid forest, whilst maintaining a relaxed yet professional experience.
I would highly recommend the expeditions and hope to get back out there soon myself!Max Jones