Leaving Villa Verano at daybreak, your half hour drive down the Southern Highway takes you to the Mayan village of Red Bank. It is here you enter the forest with eyes and ears alert for the stunning scarlet macaw.

Every year around mid-January to March, the large flock of Scarlet Macaws (sometimes numbering 200 pairs) fly out of the Chiquibul Forest Reserve and gather near the village to feed on the sweet, ripe fruits of the ‘annato’ and ‘pole wood’ trees. A steep hike with the tour guide through a jungle path will take you to the Scarlet Macaw haven. Visitors are dazzled by the vibrant colors of the magnificent creatures as they fly overhead or perch on branches above and all around, feeding on the sweet fruit that lures them to the site every year. Please note that this tour is not available year round; only January – March.

Departure: 6:00 am
Length: Approx. 3 hours
Terrain: Trails, fields, river bank
Difficulty: Moderate
Recommended to Bring: Bottled water, sunscreen, bug repellent, cap or hat, sunglasses, long pants, t-shirt and long sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes or boots, camera, binoculars, swimsuit, beach towel and extra (dry) clothes for the end of your day.


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