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A search in the Northeast of Guatemala for amazing plants used by the Maya as flavorings for cacao

On  April 5th, 2024, our expedition team went to the Northeast of Guatemala in search of 4 different native plants that are locally used as flavorings for cacao. Finding them…

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A Closer Look at Marine Species in Classic Maya Art

Spondylus spp. Property of Centro de Estudios del Mar y Acuicultura (CEMA), Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC). Photo by Victor Mendoza, 2022. Mayan art was developed in southeastern…


Do you know how is cacao drink made by hand?

FLAAR Mesoamérica tells you about this experience from the great mountains of Senahú Chocolate is currently one of the most in-demand edible products globally, having a market of USD 115.80…

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A treasure of the Motagua Valley: The Unique Aspidoscelis motaguae Lizard of Mesoamerica

Who are the Teiids (Teiidae)? The genus Aspidoscelis belongs to the family Teiidae. This group includes approximately 110 species reported in regions across the United States, the Mesoamerican zone, South…

Explore Guatemala

We are excited to share with you the last pieces of adventures that we have been in. Encounter the extreme nature that Guatemala has to offer.


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Latest Workshops

and Virtual Conferences

Iconography of Sea Creatures in Classic Maya Art

Our conference “Iconography of Marine Creatures in Classic Mayan Art" was held virtually for all audiences and in person for students of the Oceanography course, from the Environmental Engineering degree at Rafael Landívar University.

Find It In Livingston

Municipio de Livingston is a great place to immerse in a tropical paradise. This workshop will introduce students, researchers, and travelers to the Flora, Fauna, and biodiversity of the Caribbean. Eight presentations with videos and photos to get to know Livingston, its rivers, wetlands, and nature. The first edition was posted in July 2022, held by our Research team at FLAAR Mesoamerica.

Introduction To Mammals and The 5 Felines of Guatemala

Our conference “Introduction to mammals and the 5 felines of Guatemala" was divided into two modules. The first was in charge of our special guest MSc. Pilar Negreros, who gave us the topic “Meeting the mammals" where she spoke about general aspects of mammals, such as their evolution, defense mechanisms, reproduction, and diversity of mammals.

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 FLAAR Reports

Educational material that provides information, annotated bibliographies, and impressive photographs of the native birds, mammals, insects and other fauna plus edible and useful plants of Guatemala and the Mayan-influenced areas of Mesoamerica.

Educational Material for local schools

Infographies, banners, and associated illustrated teaching aids for school children, for the teachers, and for the parents and grandparents of the school kids also. When we visit schools in far-away mountains and rain forest areas, the teachers and village elders ask if we can please provide educational material in Spanish, in the local language (often…


Mayan Toons is a division of FLAAR Mesoamerica (in Guatemala) which is an affiliate of FLAAR (in USA). Mayan Toons is inspired to prepare fun, friendly, educational, helpful books to inspire school children (and their parents and grandparents). We focus on encouraging initiative, family values and ethics, and protecting fragile ecosystems and local plants and…

Our Colabs & appearances

with other institutes, other NGO's, and additional entities interested in flora, fauna, and educational of children and families.

Our research team has multiple goals

To provide professors, researchers, students and interested lay people around the world with high-quality information on rare plants and endangered animals (birds, mammals, fish, pollinators, etc.) of southern Mexico and adjacent countries of Mesoamerica (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador).

To assist professors, researchers and students in Guatemala with unparalleled quality digital photographs of flora and fauna of Guatemala and to share our digital library of over 2 TB on birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids, etc. and over 5 TB on orchids, bromeliads, cacti, trees, vines, bushes, grasses, ferns, mosses, mushrooms, and lichen of…

To coordinate with teachers in rural and remote areas of Guatemala and provide them educational material for their students in the local Mayan, Spanish, and English languages. We are also open to providing material in Xinca and Garifuna languages.

DR 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.


The capable staff of FLAAR Mesoamerica (flora and fauna) and Mayan Toons (educational materials for schools) include Q'eqchi', Kaqchiquel, and Pokomchi Mayan individuals plus students from many of the universities in Guatemala.

The Biodiversity Documentation Project in the Main Protected Areas of the Reserva de la Biósfera Maya (RBM)

The Biodiversity Documentation Project in the Main Protected Areas of the Reserva de la Biósfera Maya (RBM) in Petén is a cooperative effort between FLAAR (USA) through the non-profit registered in Guatemala, FLAAR Mesoamerica and the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP) to complement the registry of species of fauna, flora, fungi, lichens, and ecosystems that form part of the natural heritage of Guatemala. This project was initiated with the agreement signed in March 2021 and will be continued for five years (2021-2025).

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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.