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Laguna Del Tigre National Park

The Laguna del Tigre National Park hosts the largest wetlands in all Central America and the only remaining scarlet macaws population. Only particular parts of the park though are recommended to tourists.

Due to population pressure, most parts of the Laguna del Tigre National Park have been lost and the local habitat is now nearly nonexistent. Also, oil drilling has been going on in the western part of the reserve since before the creation of the park, despite environmental groups pressure.

Because of that, only some parts of the park are worth recommending: the Scarlet Macaw Biological Research station and the site of Waka'-Peru.
The Scarlet Macaw Biological Research station is doing constant efforts for the preservation of Petén's most beautiful bird. Its population has dropped during the past years because of wildlife poaching for the international pet trade and habitat loss. Hence the importance of the work at the Scarlet Macaw Biological Research station.

The Waka'-Peru site is still being excavated by archaeologists. The latest discovery dates back to 2006. Several Mayan royal tombs have been excavated there and a good number of stelae can still be observed on the site. Waka'-Peru was said to be a commercial and political center thanks to its location near the Río San Pedro, explaining the richness of the site.
But explorations in the Laguna del Tigre park are not over yet. Nowadays, tourist can wonder what treasures the park is still hiding.

To stay overnight, a camping exists at the site's ranger station, 25 minutes walk from the river bank.

To go to the park, take the dirt road heading northwest, starting in Flores, to the village of Paso Caballos: it is a two hours drive. From there you will have to take a boat for 20 minutes on the Río Sacluc to access the biological station and Waka'-Peru.

Other neighborhoods in Naachtung – Dos Lagunas Biotope: Sierra Del Lacandón National Park and Las Guacamayas Biological Research Station.

29 Jul 2010

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