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Description: Known also as Biotopo of the Quetzal, it extends over 2,513 acres; it was established in 1976 by the efforts of pioneer conservationist Mario Dary, with the main objective of protecting the Quetzal and Cloud Forest habitat. It is recognized as an important tourist destination for both national and international tourists who visit the protected area all year long. If you don’t want to miss the Quetzal, it is better to visit the Biotopo between February and September, since during October to January they usually migrate to lower lands.
Services: Camping, parking, stores, restrooms, auditorium and special facilities for physical handicapped visitors. There are options for lodging and restaurants around the area.
Access: Taking the CA-9 Highway from Guatemala City, at Km 85 (El Rancho) take the Highway to Cobán, until you reach Km 160.5, where you have to take a left at the entrance to the Mario Dary Biotope for the Conservation or the Quetzal.
Tourist facilities: Two trails: Sendero de Los Helechos and Sendero Los Musgos. Even though the trails are in a steep region they are easily accessible.
Fees and schedule: US$1.00 per person for Guatemalan residents and US$ 3.00 per person for foreigners. Opened from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Other features: Because it’s a preserve area, it is possible to admire the wide biodiversity associated with the Cloud Forest habitat. Other birdwatching destinations are located near the Biotope.
Contact: Centro de Estudios Conservacionistas (CECON, Center for Conservation Studies). Telephones: (502) 2331 0904, 2334 6064, 2361 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Algunas Especies: Highland Guan, Magnificent Hummingbird, Garnet-throated hummingbird, Resplendent Quetzal, Bushy-crested Jay, Hooded Jay, Black-throated Jay, Black Robin, Chestnut-headed Oropendola,