Jungle tours in Los Tarrales

Los Tarrales harbors diverse wildlife due to the extensive altitudinal range and mosaic of different habitats. Birds belong to the animals most obvious to visitors; more than 345 species have been recorded in the reserve. But there is much more to discover in Los Tarrales...

Lithobates maculatus
Masked Mountain Frog (Lithobates maculatus) is endemic to southern Mexico and northern Central America.

Because hunting has been prohibited in Los Tarrales since three generations, mammals such as White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and Central American Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata) are easily seen around Tarrales Lodge. Other mammals which are regularly seen at day time include White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica), Variegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides, lower altitudes), Mexican Gray Squirrel (S. aureogaster, higher altitudes), and Deppe's Squirrel (S. deppei). At night Cacomistles (Bassariscus sumichrasti) and Kinkajous (Potos flavus) can be seen climbing through the forest canopy. With much good luck you may even see top-predators such as Puma (Puma concolor) and Margay (Leopardus wiedii).

Central American Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata) are widespread but in most areas heavily hunted and therefore very shy. In Los Tarrales, agoutis can be easily seen around the lodge.

Being observant, you can see an immense number of different insects and spiders during a jungle tour in Los Tarrales. Most obvious are diurnal butterflies, of which almost 300 species have been recorded in Los Tarrales. Frogs, toads, salamanders, lizards, and snakes are well represented in Los Tarrales; 119 species have been recorded (Guerra-Centeno et al. 2014).

Los Tarrales Jungle Tours are led by our specialized guides and last 2-3 hours. Tours can be led in English and Spanish.

Zebra Longwing Heliconius charitonius
Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonius) is commonly seen in low altitudes of Los Tarrales. Take a butterfly tour in Los Tarrales.
The nocturnal butterfly fauna of Los Tarrales includes impressive animals such as this 5-inch wingspan Orizaba Silkmoth (Rothschildia orizaba).
Dwarf Toad Incilius canaliferus
Dwarf Toad (Incilius canaliferus) is endemic to the Pacific slope of southern Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
Dwarf Toad
Dwarf Toad (Incilius canaliferus)
Large Pocket Gopher
Large Pocket Gopher (Orthogeomys grandis) are large rodents living underground. In the sandy soil of Los Tarrales these anmials are common but rarely seen.
Three species of squirrels live in Los Tarrales. Variegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides) can be seen in the surroundigs of the lodge.
Arboreal alligator lizard (Abronia sp.) are highly specialized inhabitants of the forest canopy. Most species have very small areas of distribution. Occasionally Abronias can be found on the forest floor, this one was photographed in the Los Tarrales cloud forest.
Bocourt's Spiny Lizard
Bocourt's Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus acanthinus) is endemic to the Pacific slope of Guatemala and neighboring Mexican state of Chiapas.
Godman's Montane Pitviper
Godman's Montane Pitviper (Cerrophidion godmani) is a common snake throughout the Guatemalan highlands, this one was photographed in the Los Tarrales cloud forest.

In the jungle of Los Tarrales.
Gartered Trogon
Trogons such as this Gartered Trogon (Trogon caligatus) belong to the most exotic-looking birds in Los Tarrales.
White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is commonly seen around Los Tarrales Lodge.

Large mammals observed in Los Tarrales

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