BECOME PART OF OUR EFFORT!
So far, our biggest and most challenging project! An effort in which our company (Aventuras Naturales) is getting involved
with the indigenous inhabitants of San Pedro La Laguna and San Juan La Laguna on Lake Atitlán, The Municipality of San Pedro
La Laguna and The Nature Conservancy Guatemala, in order to study, learn more and help in the conservation of this fascinating
bird, The Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus). At the same time this project will help in the study and preservation of the
environment in which this bird, and many other flora & fauna species live. Our company will donate US$ 20 to The Nature
Conservancy's research for every person who joins this venture. Only you can make this happen.
This is a PROJECT - TRIP like no other in Guatemala, because we are combining scientific research with visitors' first-hand
experience on the findings achieved. We are proposing a 7 to 9-day trip to the Guatemalan Western Highlands, more specifically
Lake Atitlán and surroundings, in which you will have the chance to spot the Horned Guan, Pink-headed Warbler, Cabani's Tanager
and The Resplendent Quetzal (our national bird), among many others.
ABOUT THE HORNED GUAN...
The Horned Guan, allegedly the 6th rarest, scarce and hard-to-watch bird in the World, who belongs to the Cracidae is endangered
(2006 IUCN Red List Category - as evaluated by BirdLife International / the official Red List Authority for birds for IUCN),
because remaining populations are very small, severely fragmented and, given continuing threats, presumably declining...
Read more about the Horned Guan
THE CULTURE WE'LL MEET
Besides visiting the Horned Guan's environment, we will also get to know some of the inhabitants of two beautiful towns: San
Pedro and San Juan La Laguna, nested on the southern shores of Lake Atitlán. Many of their inhabitants grow shaded coffee,
and a good portion of it is organic.
There are also a few people in town who are known for being "bonesetters"; a sort of spiritual healers who specifically
treat body pains, associated with bone fractures, sprains and the like, mixing ancient Maya rituals with a vast knowledge
of medicinal plants. We will spend some time with a Spiritual Guide (or Shaman), who will also teach us about the Maya Cosmology
and the Maya Calendar. We will also meet Doña Cristina, specialized in Botanical Medicine. She will teach us how to prepare
a natural aloe-based cream, used to heal wounds.
See many pictures about the culture, birds and surroundings on our trip...
THE TRIP... DETAILS
A very memorable trip in one of the most fascinating places on the planet, Lake Atitlán and surroundings; here is all what
you should know about the details of the trip.
Read mor about the trip and details...