As we left Tikal very early in the morning, none of us really knew what to expect as we headed to our next and final stop of the trip. Although we had our itineraries in advance, we hadn't had time to do much research on this part of the trip to La Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas. To be honest, since it was a biological station, we weren't expecting the most luxurious of accommodations.
I was thinking about this as we bumped down a gravel road towards the village of Paso Caballos (where we would catch our boat to Las Guacamaya) and made birding stops along the way, adding many species to our trip list. As we neared the village, our guide Arron heard a very special bird out the window! His incredible ear had picked out a Yucatan Woodpecker as we cruised down the bumpy road. There aren't very many records from Guatemala of this species, so we spent a long time working to get photos. Some people got decent photos, but I unfortunately didn't end up with anything worthwhile.
As we arrived in Paso Caballos to catch our boat, it was immediately evident how poor this village is. Hopefully in time more birders and naturalists will visit Las Guacamayas and the conditions in the village will improve. There were many birds to see as we made our way to the lodge. Although not an unusual bird for me, our guides were very excited to see a Prothonotary Warbler feeding along the edge of the river. After spending some time watching the Prothonotary, we quickly made our way to the lodge for lunch.
|The boat to La Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas|
|Welcome to La Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas|
|Rooms at La Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas|
|Bathrooms at La Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas|
|Each room has a beautiful carved|
chair featuring a different animal
that can be found in the area.
|I was very excited to finally see this beautiful Agami Heron.|
|Scarlet Macaw near its nesting site|
|This is the smallest plane I have ever flown on.|