|Starting at the checkpoint at Douglas D'Silva you follow one road all the|
way to the Caracol ruins. There are some amazing views and birding
along the way.
This is a beautiful view from the road to Caracol.
|A terrible shot of an awesome bird; a Scarlet Macaw. We had a flock of five|
or so macaws fly over the road. Luckily we were able to find them while
perched. What an amazing bird!
|Another amazing view from the road . . . a pair of King Vultures. I wasn't|
sure if we would see this species as they can be easy to miss at times.
Luckily, we saw two perched (our other 2 were in flight only).
|"Welcome to Caracol"-This is the sign at the start|
of the trail for Caracol. The ruins begin only about a 1/10
of a mile past the sign. However the birding around the
beginning of the trail was spectacular!
|The smaller pyramid across from the main pyramid. As you can see from|
this photo the rainforest quickly takes back the land-trees are growing
all over the backside of this pyramid but the staff at Caracol keeps the
other side clear.
|This was one species that we viewed from above due to being able to climb|
the pyramids, a Masked Tityra. It was part of a large flock (that were mostly
lifers for me) and included some Black-crowned Tityras as well.
|Squirrel Cuckoo-a species that is common throughout much of the tropics|
including Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. It's one of the cooler birds you
can see as well. Unfortunately in this picture, you can not see it's long tail.
|A White-whiskered Puffbird-my favorite bird we saw at Caracol. This bird|
was extremely cooperative and let all three of us get close and eye level
for some great pictures. My first ever puffbird!