Explore the Land of the Maya, Maya Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala. Estación Biológica las Guacamayas
Day 1: Leave the island of Flores by 4×4 after breakfast. We will 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 lunch, we get settled in and we will spend the afternoon getting oriented with our surroundings. In the late afternoon and evening we will take our first forays into the forests and explore the nearby river bank.
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 forests to get used to being in a jungle and to tune in to our vibrant surroundings. That evening we will conduct our first proper survey of a nearby transect.
Day 3 through 13: Over the next 10 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 7km walk from the San Pedro River. As well as the many species of reptiles and amphibians we might expect to find here (including red-eyed treefrogs, casque-headed treefrogs, helmeted iguanas, boa constrictors, coral snakes and fer-de-lance), we might also encounter spider monkeys, howler monkeys, coatis, armadillos, and even tapir or maybe 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 we will have the chance to meet for a final meal before heading home the following day.