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Provide professors, researchers, and students around the world with high-resolution photographs and information on rare plants and animals of southern Mexico and adjacent countries of Mesoamerica (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador)

Our Projects

Flora and fauna research

FLAAR Mesoamerica is a non-profit organization that does research and educational projects on plants and animals of Guatemala and nearby countries

Educational books

MayanToons does the design of educational material that promotes the knowledge, approach and conservation of the native natural resources of Guatemala and the Mayan-influenced areas of Mesoamerica.

Latest News


The Favorite Menu of the Spider Monkey in the Guatemalan Jungle

During your tour in Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park you should be aware of the approach of a group of spider monkeys. It is amazing to see them so close and playing…

Flora and fauna research

Expedition to Naranjo looking for El Cibal, based from a satellite photo

FLAAR Mesoamerica team was last week at Parque Nacional Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo, Peten. One of the main purposes of this fieldtrip was to find an area known as “El Cibale” at Naranjo,…

Flora and fauna research

Jaguar Conference, November 7, 2018, Guatemala City

Jaguar conference was great; met lots of zoologists and individuals interested in preserving the fragile eco-systems of Guatemala. Our lecture (FLAAR Mesoamerica) was on Maya iconography of jaguar pelage designs…

Our research teams has multiple goals

To provide professors, researchers, and students around the world with high-quality information on rare plants and animals of southern Mexico and adjacent countries of Mesoamerica.

To assist professors, researchers and students in Guatemala with unparalleled quality digital photographs of flora and fauna of Guatemala and to increase our over thousands photographs digital library.

To coordinate with teachers in rural and remote areas of Guatemala and provide them educational material in the local Mayan, Spanish, and English languages.

Nicholas Hellmuth
Nicholas was first in Mexico in 1961, in Guatemala in 1962, in Honduras by 1964, and obviously now knows every country in North and Central America. But Guatemala has such remarkable diversity of eco-systems and hence impressive diversity of plants and animals. Sadly the eco-systems are being bulldozed out of existence for making modern commercial businesses. Surely there can be a way to save at least segments of these forests and waterways to help protect the species that we humans have evolved together with. Although we do focus on Guatemala, we are open to coordinating with foundations, embassy programs, and local NGO's in neighboring countries since there are Mayan settlements in every country on every side of Guatemala.

Our Colabs & appearances

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Yaxha intrigued me due to it having the largest full-figure sculpture of a Teotihuacan inspired royal divine portrait of Tlaloc: fully armed with shield, Teotihuacan military atlatl and pertinent spears.

Tikal is renowned for its Tlaloc shield and Teotihuacan warriors on the sides of Stela 31 and Uaxactun has a stela with royal Teotihuacan affiliated warrior leader also; but the one at Yaxha does not add local individuals nor is the figure in a Mayan pose whatsoever: here is a single frontal divine, military. mercantile message.

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Orchids, heliconia, waterlily + edible Maya plants


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Jaguars, iguanas, birds, insect pollinators, monkeys


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How did Dr Nicholas learn about the Maya rain forests cultures?

Digital Photography

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How-to tips for improving your digital photography

Mayan Characters

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Dr Nicholas interacting with jaguars, pumas, and with tarantulas hiking up his arm.


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Educational books for kids


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Wide-format inkjet printer research and product evaluations of inks, cutters, laminators, international signage and visual communications trade shows, etc.