Part 2 – The flora and fauna
The tropical jungle comprised of its forests, rivers and animals is awesome, totally captivating, and from the second our jeep arrived at the jungle village of Paso Caballos we immediately knew that we had arrived somewhere very special. We jumped aboard the station’s transport boat moored in the village and headed up the Rio San Pedro to our destination.
During this first river trip we spotted crocodiles, many tropical exotic birds and was generally mesmerised by the outstanding beauty and unspoiled condition of the river and surrounding tropical forest.
Our station as we approached from the river.
During our first week here some guests staying at the station saw a puma on one of the trails which are also used by beautiful but elusive jaguars. A team of ecologists carry out a survey counted nine different jaguars in the area during their research (proving the good work at the station is keeping the balance of the ecosystem healthy)
On our first full day at the location we were returning from a vantage point near the station called El Mirador (meaning view point) when my nearest and dearest almost trod on this character on the path on the way down. Only some nifty footwork prevented a potential life threatening encounter.
This photo is the snake which was sitting hidden on a step coming down from El Mirador, this little fella just happens to be a fer-de-lance the most dangerous snake in the whole of Central America. It’s venom destroys tissue and in many cases leads to death.
Speaking of El Mirador, this is the view from atop of the viewpoint of the river with its flood plane and again at sunset.
Here are just a few more of the many locals we met.
And here’s a few more of the surrounding area
And then one day the staff decided to treat us to a day off and a 7k walk through the jungle to the ruins of the Mayan city w’aka Peru
And last but not least, during this walk to the site our guide cornelio led us to a place off the main track where scarlet macaws sometimes nest.
To provide some background, the station is called The Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas named after the beautiful scarlet macaws.
The macaws are now vary rare in Guatemala because of poaching and the lack of natural habitat caused by flooding and lack of suitable nesting trees, and now there are reported to be only three hundred left in Guatemala and these are only found in this area of Peten. The EBG has been working with other conservation groups to save this species so we were all delighted to be greeted by this sight when we neared the spot
Only one thing topped the the forest, rivers and wildlife and that was the people we met…..in Part 3
Love to all