Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas

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Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas

Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas
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Dominic Stalder
Bern, Switzerland42 contributions
Amazing three days at Estación Biológica Las Guatemayas
Jan 2020 • Couples
We did the "Expedition exploring the rainforest (3 days / 2 nights)" tour and it was amazing, the nature in the Parque National Laguna del Tigre and around the Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas is just amazing. We loved the different activities, the trekking and to stay at the lodge itself: the staff is so lovely, the rooms are simple and big but with a lot of nice details (depending in which „animal“ room you are located…) and the food is just delicious!

Our guides Cornelio (bilingual, primary English for us) and Romulo (Spanish) were great, these guys know the flora and fauna at this national park and they have passion for it, a lot of passion!

We thank the whole team at Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas for three great days and absolutely recommend to go there.
Written January 6, 2020
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Alfred M
Los Barrios, Spain18 contributions
A Comfortable Surprise
Nov 2019
When you visit a remote biological station you expect spartan accommodations; that’s NOT the case here. We came for four days because of the birds. We saw many, including the signature Agami Heron, but this is truly a nice, comfortable place just to escape to. The rooms are spacious and well designed, with plenty of storage space and large bathrooms. The food was varied and well prepared. The staff was uniformly pleasant and helpful.

That you get to search for wildlife in a boat where the wildlife is habituated to boats is a plus - they’re easy to photograph. Once we cut the engine, the Agami Heron just kept on fishing, ignoring us.

The ride out from Flores to Paso Caballos was surprisingly birdy - we saw six Laughing Falcons on the way and the guide was helpful is stopping regularly for photographs or to inspect flocks of birds.

Because the road/trail to Waka Peru (a barely restored ruin) was muddy and long, I wouldn't recommend it except in the dry season. That said, we did find a Fer-de-Lance (Barba Amarilla) curled up asleep at the side of the road, my first ever in years of looking.
Written December 11, 2019
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carolyn d
2 contributions
A magical place with excellent guides
Feb 2019 • Couples
We spent a weekend here (arrived Friday pm, left Sunday pm) and it was magical. Yes, it takes a while to get there (2 hours by car from Flores and then 20 minutes by boat) but it is well worth it. The setting, the staff, the accommodation are all first class, and the guides are superb. We did some marvellous walks and boat trips and saw over 40 different species of birds, plus howler and spider monkeys, an anteater, crocodile, the list goes on. It is not a cheap place to stay but worth every penny.
A previous review criticised the payment arrangements. That has now been fixed and payments are made to Las Guacamayas bank account.
Written February 24, 2019
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ondrea
monrovia27 contributions
I probably would have had a great time but they way they try to get you to pay for it is a scam
Aug 2018 • Solo
There is apparently one person in the entire park that handles staying in the Park and the birding tour guides. That’s fishy right there. We’re talking about a park that size of the state of Nevada. So this one person’s name is Cornelio Chable. ONE PERSON only. The private number on the website and on other places including tripadvisor and Lonely Planet. .So in order to book a lodge at the preserve and guided birding trips, you got one dude on behalf of a government facility that handles tourists all over the world? What kind of operation is this?
Mr Chable tried to get me to wire money to his bank and refused to take credit cards, but claims to represent Estacion Biologica Las Guacamays and does the booking and says, well yes we take credit cards. But the reality is he wouldn’t take my credit card no matter even though I told him that’s how I wanted to pay for it. On top of all of this nonsense, he was trying to charge me DOUBLE for what it cost on the website which was 2400Q for two nights with meals and guides but 4800Q for ONE night! Can we say, scam? Yes. We. Can.
So the upshot is can a tourist verify if this is legit? Well, not exactly. But heck, just wires him the money to his bank, no problemo.
I’ve been in Antiqua for over a month now and I can tell you, that yes, the businesses prefer Quetzales. but will take credit cards. They will want to add a surcharge for using it. OK, fine, I understand that. But this guy, who probably runs a one-man “travel agency,” has some kind of scam going trying to get you to wire money from your bank to his. That's just nuts. No traveler in his/her right mind would do that. You won’t be protected if something goes wrong.
Because I was not going with his program of wiring a ton of Quetzales to his personal bank account, Mr. Cornelio decided to book with another person. I guess there are suckers every minute, right?
I saved the copy of the text messages between me and Cornelio and how he tried to get me to wire money directly to his bank. No legitimate organization, especially to a biological preserve, does business this way. Tourists want to put their trip on a card, not wire money. What if something goes wrong like he keeps all of it, or whatever? There is no protection.
DO NOT book with him. Just stay nearby the preserve and hire a birding guide (most hotels will have referrals) and go to the preserve inside. Until Estacion Biologica Las Guacamays gets their act together and has a legitimate travel agency with a decent website, not some amateur website and private numbers where you can book online like most other real travel agencies do, no tourist should consider staying there. You can still enjoy all the wildlife but just drive into the park instead. Total scam in my opinion!!!
If interested in the copy of our messages please PM.
Written August 28, 2018
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Bill Carla H
Wooster, OH13 contributions
Amazing place
Feb 2018 • Couples
What an amazing adventure. A long bumpy ride to get there, but we birded the whole way, with about 50 species seen. Then a 15-minute boat ride to arrive at this jungle paradise. We had two guides - one excellent birder with little English, and one interpreter who was also a decent birder. We even went out at night on the boat, in total darkness save for our spotlight, and found a Potoo! Several species at hummingbird feeders on the deck were constant entertainment. The accommodations were spacious with a screened deck overlooking the river and wetlands. This is a trip I will never forget. Worth the price.
Written February 26, 2018
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Minni M
Amsterdam, The Netherlands10 contributions
Fantastic visit to the jungle
Feb 2018 • Couples
This was an awesome visit, totally worth the money. We highly recommend to take the 3-day tour.

Our guides Hamilton and Mauricio were clearly experts in spotting all kinds of animals (birds, crocodiles, snakes etc).

If you're not able to walk a lot there are enough lighter activities such as boat tours, kayaks etc.

Rooms we're very luxurious especially considering it's in the middle of the jungle.
Written February 20, 2018
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elabbemd
98 contributions
Wow wow wow!!!
Jun 2016 • Friends
This place is a gem!!! A natural reserve at the laguna del tigre, you'll find yourself as deep and isolated in the jungle as you can get without being lost! Nature is absolutely overwhelming, from bugs to birds and monkeys. Rooms are very complete with hot water from sun heaters, so confort is very good. Mosquitos ARE an issue so bring your repellent! Guides are local and very attentive, they make jungle hikes be confortable and safe! Places like this are so very rare that its a must for adventure travelers anywhere!
Written June 14, 2016
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James N
Washington DC, DC5 contributions
Wildlife galore
Jul 2014 • Friends
Best wildlife viewing in Guatemala--from spider monkeys to iguanas, plus a great view of the San Pedro River, boat rides, fishing, super food, fun staff, and nature, nature, nature.
Written June 15, 2015
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Jacques1941
New York City, NY65 contributions
A beautiful spot on a river
Feb 2015 • Friends
This is an exquisite location and was formerly a biological research station. There are 3 categories of rooms. The most luxurious ones are very large and beautifully appointed with wonterful animal carvings and custom furniture. The meals are simple. The electricity is only on in the evening beginning at 5:000 pm. The station sits on a beautiful river. One can go fishing or visit archaeological sites or see where red macaws nest.
Written February 19, 2015
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Katie S
London, UK22 contributions
Location spectacular, sadly accomodation was a let down.
Feb 2015 • Couples
Laguna del tigre is a gem, a birders paradise and the river alive with wildlife. The guides are knowledgeable and the walks are fascinating (but don't forget the mosquito repellent!!) However sadly during out stay the lodge was undergo works and the noise was appalling for the duration of our trip. They said they had workers from Guatemala city in (that was the excuse) but they insisted on walking directly past our window (leaving little privacy when we wanted to relax) and in the adjoining rooms they played loud tinny music on their phones and made other pretty horrendous noises (I won't expand). A beautiful place no doubt - just make sure they aren't upgrading it during your stay!
Written February 12, 2015
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