07:30 Arrival at Cruces Dos Aguadas 65 kms from Flores (*). This is where our journey begins. A local assistant will prepare the pack horses. If requested ahead of time, we can also provide extra horses (to ride on).
08:00 We start our hike through the jungle. The 4-hour trail to Zotz is quite a windy road, with dense foliage and lively spider monkeys.
12:30 Stop for a packed lunch along the way to El Zotz.
13:30 We continue our trek through the Biotope.
17:30 Arrival at our first camp site near a patrol station.
We walk to the base of a bat cliff (about 500 meters from the camp) to observe hundreds of thousands of bats leaving their cave dwellings around the cliff for a night of foraging. Bat falcons can also be seen, diving at a high speed into the streams of bats as they hunt for their prey.
Bats are one of the most important elements in the reproduction of the rainforest. In one single night, a fruit bat can disperse the seeds of a tree along many square kilometers; nectar-eating bats also help the pollination of many other plant species.
The bats make for an incredible and exciting experience, fully charged with the vitality of nature.
Dinner is a hearty meal – including fresh, hot tortillas – that is prepared by your guide over a wood fire. Friendly conversation with the members of the expedition and the always helpful staff of the patrol station make for a pleasant evening in the jungle.
(*) TRANSPORT from FLORES to DOS AGUADAS is included in the price below, 65 kms away from Flores – 2 hours nonstop.