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Caring for the planet begins by taking care of our soils
FLAAR Mesoamerica FUTURE

Caring for the planet begins by taking care of our soils

Without the soil, plants would not grow and provide food for many animals and for humans too. Without it, the biogeochemical cycles (carbon, nutrients, and water) would not occur and support entire ecosystems. I’m talking about the soil which sometimes is underestimated, and probably, we haven’t realized how important is its conservation for our existence.…

Biodiversity in the Popol Vuh
Educational material FLAAR Mesoamerica Mayan Culture

Biodiversity in the Popol Vuh

The Popol Vuh, also known as the Book of Counsels or the “Bible” of the Maya K’iche’. The Maya word “Pop” means power or sacred and “wuj” paper or book, so literally means Sacred Book. This book was perhaps written in hieroglyphic characters but the Mayan culture was attacked during the Spanish conquest and most…

A Place Called Mesoamerica
Educational material FLAAR Mesoamerica Flora and fauna research

A Place Called Mesoamerica

Do you ever wonder, what does Mesoamerica mean? This name appears in the history books we read at school, but the discussion and research about the breadth of its territory and culture needs to be explored even more. The word “Mesoamerica” has a Greek origin for the prefix “meso” which means “between something” or in…

Aldea Plan Grande Tatín
FLAAR Mesoamerica Livingston, Izabal

Aldea Plan Grande Tatín

On our way, one hour by 4×4 drive to the village Tatin, we saw four Heliconia species, reptiles, and many native flower species like guarumo. There were hummingbirds, Oropendola birds, and toucans. It was indeed a paradise location, perfect to go on an adventure and to get to know more about Guatemala and it’s magical…

Diversity at Lagunita Creek
FLAAR Mesoamerica Livingston, Izabal

Diversity at Lagunita Creek

Located in the border between Guatemala and Belize, it is full of tropical flora and fauna diversity. It is one of the natural reserves managed by FUNDAECO. Here we could enjoy exploring pathways full of mushroom, flower and plant species. There’s a portion of the river in the entrance with turquoise freshwater were you can…

The amazing Birds Island in Livingston, Izabal
FLAAR Mesoamerica Livingston, Izabal Maya-Ethnozoology

The amazing Birds Island in Livingston, Izabal

It is located about 45 minutes away from Livingston center, by boat. You will be able to see the bird nests really on the mangroves close to the shore so you can see the mothers giving food to their chicks. The boat can get really close so you can take amazing pictures of some egrett…

Turn off the lights, let The Earth shine
Educational material FLAAR Mesoamerica

Turn off the lights, let The Earth shine

On March 28th from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time, some parts of the world will turn off their lights. So do not panic if your neighborhood or even your city gets dark for a complete hour, they are just letting The Earthshine, at least for an hour. The “Earth Hour” is a movement…

BioFest: The Biodiversity Festival
FLAAR Mesoamerica

BioFest: The Biodiversity Festival

In November, Guatemala City became the favorite destination for nature lovers! Mesa de Barranqueros invited us to share a dream: Citizens who enjoy their green, healthy and biodiverse metropolis, all this through BioFest, the Biodiversity Festival. This Festival was born as an initiative to bring Guatemalan people closer to the abundant biodiversity inside the city.…

FLAAR Mesoamerica “family” at wedding of Cucu and Erick
FLAAR Mesoamerica

FLAAR Mesoamerica “family” at wedding of Cucu and Erick

The last weekend of December 2019 two “graduates” of FLAAR Mesoamerica got married and they invited five other individuals from FLAAR Mesoamerica to attend. In the photo are: Senaida (experienced plant scout and photo assistant), Josefina (experienced illustrator for MayanToons books for children), Cucu (Melanny Celeste Quiñonez Izquierdo) with husband Erick Flores Cucu did illustrations,…