Hidden Wildlife of the Mayans

Explore the hidden world of The Guacamayas Biological Station. Nestled in the jungle a boats ride away from the Mayan world of Tikal, The Parque Nacional Laguna del Tigre is the largest wetlands in Central America, home to abundant wildlife such as Jaguars, Tapirs and Scarlet Macaws among others. 

A scientific research center within the Parque Nacional Laguna del Tigre, The Guyacamas Biological Station offers wildlife-watching/archaeology experiences as well as assist in conservation efforts affecting the local flora and fauna. Overlooking the broad lazy river, it's a splendidly isolated spot and there is comfortable, ecofriendly accommodation in several thatched-roof houses. The Parque Nacional Laguna del Tigre is the largest wetlands in central America, home to abundant wildlife such as Jaguars, Tapirs and Scarlet Macaws among others.

One-day birding experiences are aimed at seeing macaws as well as more than 300 other avian species found in and around the reserve, including red-capped manakin, red-legged honeycreeper and long-tailed hermit. Two- to three-day tours consist of some combination of a visit to the archaeological site of El Perú, 20 minutes west down the Río San Pedro, and nighttime observation of the endemic Morelet's crocodile, along with the chance to fish for the renowned pescado blanco (white fish).

The 15 rooms are semi-luxurious jungle affairs featuring bamboo-frame beds, mahogany furniture, screened picture windows and porches overlooking the river. A separate building contains the comedor (dining hall), where healthy meals are prepared.

Volunteering is also possible, with the chance to contribute to infrastructure, maintain trails, cultivate the butterfly garden or support environmental education projects among the Q'eqchi' community in Paso Caballos. There's a minimum two-week commitment

Your Local Impact

Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas (EBG) is essential for the conservation of the natural resources and cultural heritage of the southeastern area of the Laguna Del Tigre National Park, within the Mayan Biosphere Reserve. Their main areas of focus are: Conservation, biology research, community development, and environmentally and socially responsible tourism.  This approach is based upon the principles of social and environmental responsibility, which is achieved by promoting the protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources in this important rain-forest, as well as expanding the economic alternatives of the neighboring communities.

The landscape consists of tropical rain forest in which are species like the Scarlet Macaw (Ara Macao Cyanoptera), Jaguars (Pantera Onca), Tapirs (Tapirus Bairdii), as well as a great variety of resident and migratory birds, reptiles and amphibians.  These are also mixed wetlands in the upper basin of the river San Pedro Martir which play a fundamental role in the regulation the hydro-biological cycle, crucial to maintaining the reserves of the country's largest source of freshwater.

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