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LAS GUACAMAYAS

TIGER LAGOON N.P. - FLORES - GUATEMALA

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Las Guacamayas Biological Station is located within the Laguna del Tigre National Park, in the northern part of Guatemala, on Mexican border. The area is more than 5,000 hectares large and the primary forest hosts 335 species of birds between resident and migratory. Laguna del Tigre National Park in northwestern Petén is part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. The National Park protects humid lowland broadleaf forests and extensive wetlands. Of the 16 ecosystems that form the MBR, 13 are represented in this park and also has the status of Ramsar site because of its size, wealth and characteristics of its wetland ecosystem.

The east end of the park is part of the nesting area of scarlet macaw in Guatemala, containing two of the most important sites fornesting of this threatened species (Peru and Peñón de Buena Vista). In fact, this place can be defined as the stronghold of the Guatemalan population of Scarlet Macaws, which has been extirpated at most other sites in the country, such as the Pacific slope lowlands and foothills, and the lowlands and foothills of Alta Verapaz and Izabal. The southeastern part of the park is relatively easily accessible and this is where the Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas is.

Las Guacamayas lodge is a gem immersed into the primary forest on the banks of a beautiful river. It’s a splendidly isolated spot and there is comfortable, eco-friendly accommodation in several thatched-roof houses. Nature is absolutely overwhelming, from bugs to birds and monkeys. Not only is it incredibly picturesque, but there is wildlife of all sorts everywhere, without going too far from the lodge; birds and howler monkeys are the most obvious around the station, but there’s plenty more to find when you look around. Peace is everywehere and the sensation of being away from civilisation is immediate.

A huge number of photographic opportunities, thanks also to its strategical ubication. Animals are very confident here; it is not so rare to have breakfast at the lodge surrounded by Hummingbirds and other species like Chachalacas while monkeys cry in the forest.

The 5000 hectars of the jungle are connected by a network of roads, which can be run by vehicles to enjoy the mistery of the forest and meet the species living in this endangered land that used to be made of primary forest.

One of the most exiting experiences is the speed boat excursion along Rio San Pedro river looking for the huge number of birds and mammals species, like Agami Heron, Tiger Heron, Sun Grebe, all 5 Kingfisher species, Otter.

The variety of ecosystems makes this place the ideal habitat for many other interesting and endemics species living in wetlands, marshes and forests. The forest north of Río San Pedro is home to more than 300 bird species of lowland rainforest. The extensive forest provides habitat to a number of forest raptors including Ornate Hawk-Eagle and Gray-headed Kite.

Laguna del Tigre National Park and its primary forest are the land of different mammals and

some of them are among the most charming species in the world. Since pre-Hispanic times the Jaguar (Panthera Onca) has been very important in Guatemalan culture. Unfortunately, this species is endagered.

Las Guacamayas biological station is fully involved into conservation projects related to Laguna Del Tigre National Park natural and cultural heritage.

SKUA Nature is involved into this conservation project with the aim of promoting nature tourism producing incomes to be destinated to preservation through photo tourism.

This cloud forest hosts species like Ara macao cyanoptera, which chose this place to nest, Jaguars (Pantera onca), Tapirs (Tapirus bairdii) and a great varietiy of resident and migratory birds, anfibians and reptiles.

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