Mother Nature blessed Guatemala. From the heavenly bodies sprouted beautiful warm and humid forest. From cool, inner woods flew the most beautiful birds, with plumage impossible to describe. Enchanting turtles, playful manatees, felines in cosmic furs, and a gentle silver river mirror the wild flowers. Guatemala overflows with lianas and quetzals, archis and toucans, bromeliads, ferns, crustaceans, howler monkeys…. If earthly paradise is not in the Guatemalan jungles, then perhaps God came here for inspiration!
In Guatemala there are 14 varieties of subtropical forest and 450 types of trees. In Izabal, Peten, Alta Verapaz, Santa Rosa, Escuintla, Quiche and Quetzaltenango there are 80 species of native birds and some 300 migratory birds. One of the most beautiful birds is the quetzal, held sacred by the Mayas and also Guatemala’s national symbol. Today it habits the natural sanctuaries of Alta and Baja Verapaz, Jutiapa, Quiche and Huehuetenango.
Explores who venture into the imposing, leaf and humid shade of the mangrove swamps can see in Santa Rosa, Jutiapa, Izabal, Peten and Retalhuleu, long-forgotten insects, mysterious reptiles and strange mammals. With temperatures varying from 20 to 30 degrees centigrade, these forests of hot and dry climates and saline sand produce a wonderful abundance of fruit, herbs, medical plants and mushrooms.
All this and more can be found in Guatemala, land of a thousand colors, beautiful plumage and soft heat.