Blog

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…

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…

Mysterious endangered cave
Flora and fauna research Maya-Ethnozoology

Mysterious endangered cave

We were called by a team of biologists who have been studying the importance of an unknown cave located in Izabal, Guatemala. They are worried about the fate of the natural ecosystem that lives inside the darkness of the cave since it has been polluted and neglected by the local people living close to it.…

Tropical bird sanctuary in the Guatemalan caribbean
Flora and fauna research

Tropical bird sanctuary in the Guatemalan caribbean

With their clean feathers, their unique sound, the birds that live on the Livingston shores gave us an unintended spectacle during the sunset. Pelicans, seagulls, egrets (Ardea alba, Egretta thula), cormorants, kingbirds, were some of the birds we could identify flying through the Río Dulce tall canyon, in Livingston. We saw many birds interact, including…

A Paradise Of Vanilla Orchids In The Guatemalan Caribean
Maya-Ethnozoology

A Paradise Of Vanilla Orchids In The Guatemalan Caribean

The last expedition was one of the most awaited by FLAAR Mesoamérica team. We went to Livingston, a municipal area from Izabal department in Guatemala, located 15 km. aprox. by boat across Puerto Barrios city. The paths we found in our expedition inside the tropical jungle are home to many native plants. We have a…

“El Niño Dormido” a unique species in the world
Flora and fauna research Maya-Ethnozoology

“El Niño Dormido” a unique species in the world

Guatemala and its multiple ecosystems hide a wide variety of flora and fauna. In one of the most particular landscapes, the dry tropical forest, the country’s “desert”, hidden in caves lives one of the biggest reptiles of Central America. Surrounded by trees, cactus, and folktales the Heloderma claims for protection and recognition because of its…

The Favorite Menu of the Spider Monkey in the Guatemalan Jungle
Maya-Ethnozoology Project Yaxha

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 with each other! But when they are afraid or feel threatened by the visit of humans, they jump and may even throw branches. The spider…