“Belizean Jungle” Ranger for a Day.

Posted: October 31, 2014 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel
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Ranger for a day, huh?
It sounded easy enough for me, just like when I was a kid. Thinking we’d show up, put on a ranger hat, walk a little through the rainforest and return back to base camp, we’d be done before lunch we thought. Nope, nadda, nyet, what were we thinking? We soon realized after the first 20 minutes, of busting our butts slipping and sliding through knee-deep mud, that we had totally underestimated the depth and scope of what it takes for a forest ranger to effectively do his job. And we had another hour or two to patrol. We should have read the description of what was to be expected a little more in-depth. I mean it’s posted right on their website !

( http://yaaxche.org/index.php?page=rangerday).

From their website:
Ranger for a Day

Calling all naturalists, eco-tourists and adventurers! If you are looking for an unparalleled experience of the Belizean jungle alongside a local Mayan ranger, then consider joining Ya’axché Conservation Trust’s Ranger for a Day patrol, you will join an official Ya’axché patrol of the 15,000-acre Golden Stream Corridor Preserve (GSCP) areas. This unique experience will give you the opportunity to play an important role in the protection of this vital forest corridor.

As an honorary ranger, you will contribute to the daily wildlife logs; record key species of mammals and birds along the riverside trail and learn how our rangers detect signs of hunting. You will hone your own detective skills as you learn to identify jaguar, puma and tapir tracks, identify the unique call of the Montezumas oropendola and spot hummingbirds, toucans and curasow.

Your boots will get muddy and you should prepare to get sweaty but after a morning of adventure, you are invited to enjoy a refreshing dip in the Golden Stream River, the lifeblood of the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.

To be a ranger for the day, you will need to be of medium level fitness as you will be walking for up to two hours in hot and sometimes wet conditions. You should wear light long pants/trousers (that will dry quickly), sturdy shoes for walking (hiking boots are not required), a hat, insect repellent, water, snacks and a packed lunch.”

See, it was all there! So we can’t complain, we were warned. But honestly at the end of the day this has been one of the most rewarding, adventurous and educational experiences we’ve had in all of Belize. We gained a new level of respect, admiration and appreciation for what the Ya’axché Conservation Trust and it’s Rangers do. Thank you Maximiliano Caal, Rosendo Coy and your entire staff for what you do and allowing us the opportunity to participate in this program.

For more information on how to participate, contact  Maximiliano Caal via email max.caal@yaaxche.org or call (+501) 722-0108.

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