The jungle surrounding the Macal River Camp is alive during the day. The sights and songs of colourful birds, a wild profusion of flowers, orchids and other tropical plants, and exotic wildlife that is sometimes seen, sometimes shyly hidden away.
But there’s another side to this vibrant jungle habitat that is often overlooked – its nightlife.
And that’s a shame, because the forest after dark is alive with fascinating plants and animals who were just waiting for the sun to go down to do their thing.
If you just know where to look…And that’s where Chaa Creek’s Creatures of the Night guided tours come in.
For years our naturalist guides have been introducing guests to this fascinating nighttime world. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with a typical comment being, “I had no idea…”
And this wow factor is one of the reasons why Chaa Creek’s naturalist guides enjoy showing guests this side of jungle life. People of all ages quickly become fascinated as guides point out owls, howler monkeys, surprisingly gentle Tarantulas, cleverly camouflaged patoos, armadillos, kinkajous (otherwise known as “night walkers”).
With their knowledge, experience, headlamps and special ultraviolet lights that use insect’s phosphorescence to make them visible, our specialist nocturnal guides turn the mysterious and spooky into the familiar and interesting.
Walking through a forest when trees are lit up with fireflies, alive with the sounds of crickets and other critters, and scented with various night-blooming plants is an experience not to be missed.
Departures: Nightly at 8:00 pm from the bar
Duration: 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Fitness: Easy - must be able to walk hilly terrain
Habitat: Sub-tropical rainforest
Dress: Long pants and sturdy protective footwear-- sleeve lengths are optional
What to bring along: Hat, water, insect repellant, camera and raingear if needed