The area we went to is privately owned land, but it's protected under an umbrella of agencies. One of them is the "Alianza Jaguar" a group that exists for the protection of the jaguar in Mexico.
It's hard to believe that there are wild jaguars living in this tropical forest only 30 kms (18 miles) from Puerto Vallarta!
We tried to get out early, but it was still about 9:00am when we headed out. Oh...I almost forgot to show you the sunrise yesterday morning...
This is the back of the RV park. There's only one other rig here, and it's an older single guy who lives here full time.
heading towards the Sierra de Vallejo mountains.
The entrance to the trail.
The sign on the left says that it is prohibited to cut or damage any trees and it is punishable to the fullest extent of the law. The sign on the right says essentially the same thing, including flora and fauna and birdlife. At the bottom of the sign on the right lists all of the groups involved with protection of the area.
Notice the photo of the jaguar on the sign. Apparently there were literally hundreds of them here back in the 40's and 50's but most were killed off by ranchers trying to protect their cattle. Still, some remain, and there are regular sightings.
Ruth, heading into the jungle.
This pretty flower was hanging from a big tree. It looked like it was part of the tree, yet it was the only flower that looked like this. Others on the same tree had already seeded.
We came across this huge beehive. It was at the top of a big tree, probably 35 meters (100 feet) up in the air. How much honey is in there...?
The trail follows the riverbed a good part of the way. Not much water at this time of year, but during the rainy season it really is a river!
Must be something dead around here for there to be this many vultures in the tree above us.
We made it back around 11:30am, so about two and a half hours. We think we walked somewhere between eight and ten kms (5 or 6 miles). Saw lots of interesting stuff, but no jaguars!
I read my book much of the afternoon. Got into a good Dick Francis novel, and wanted to see how it ended!
Ringo loves coming over to see if we've got a snack for him. he likes the core of the pineapple that Ruth is feeding him!
Ruth got a nice shot of an oriole of some kind in the tree beside us.