|Two carloads of us drove down to Red Bank and picked up our tour guide from Scarlet Macaw Bed & Breakfast.|
|We stopped at one spot along the road when the guide saw several Scarlet macaws in the trees in the distance. After they |
flew off we walked further down the road and then hiked up a big hill to overlook the valley.
|These little red berries are one of the fruits the birds come to eat.|
|Almost to the top... None of us was expecting a big hike.|
|We were rewarded with the sight of several Scarlet macaws.|
|Unfortunately, it was overcast, so the colors didn't turn out in our pictures. Only when the birds were flying against the |
backdrop of the green trees could you see their full glory - like big flying rainbows.
|Ah, the love of a mother and daughter.|
|When the birds left the area we hiked back down the hill to go to our next location.|
|Walking the road back to our vehicles.|
|Our next stop was the Mennonite community of Roseville. This meant a river crossing, which, again, nobody was expecting.|
|We didn't take pictures of any people, but this cow didn't seem to mind our photographs.|
|Walking toward the hillside where the Scarlet macaws hang out. That is our Maya guide, Rogelio, on the left.|
|More cattle to greet us at the end of the road.|
|We saw lots more Scarlet macaws (that didn't photograph well), plus this Toucan (in the center).|
|A dam on one of the Mennonite farms.|
|Homemade hydro power.|
|One last sighting of Scarlet macaws before we left. They squawk loudly, so you hear them coming from a long ways away, |
and you have plenty of time to look around and find them.
|Rogelio took us to their nearby family farm for a brief tour.|
|Unfortunately, nobody can remember what our guide called this fruit.|
|Rogelio compared this fruit to cacao, but the flavor is more like melon. It was good, but we|
all agreed that the fruit of cacao is better.
|Our very last stop was the "zip line" that people would use to get to and from Roseville as a shortcut, or when the water in |
the river is too high to cross.
|We were fortunate that someone was crossing back from Roseville (with his bicycle in tow), so we got to see how it worked.|
The first half of the trip is quick thanks to gravity, but for the second half of the trip you have to pull yourself across.