A “gem in the jungle” is exactly what the Aluxes Ecoparque (and wildlife rescue center) is.
Located outside of Palenque, in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, it’s truly a treat to walk the grounds and to view the animals.
My first encounter with the animals are these guys, hanging out just inside the park by the refreshment stand and bathrooms. (Wise choice to leave food out for the birds right at the start of the walk. It adds to the excitement of what’s further inside the ecoparque!)
Then there’s the blue macaw that wants to welcome you!
The parrots participate in greeting the visitor, too.
This is unique photo of one of the parrots that hangs around the entrance to Aluxes Ecoparque. If you look closely into the eye of the parrot, you’ll see me taking the parrots picture. I have a hat on, I’m carrying a backpack and you’ll also see the posts that support the roof the parrot is under.
After spending about an hour photographing the parrots and macaws, I started my walk along the path that weaves it’s way around the park. It’s elevated, to keep the water, snakes, spiders and other nasty vermin, away from the visitor.
The first thing you’ll see after the bird “greeters”, are waterfowl. Lots of waterfowl.
The reason for this is that there are islands surrounded by water to protect some of the animals in the park.
There’s also a wide variety of crocodiles and caimans that are part of the animal collection at the park.
You got the big ones…….
And you’ve got the little caiman.
And of course, there’s the waterfowl that are found throughout the park.
Few cages are in the park. The ones that are found there, are there for a reason!
The howler monkeys are also kept caged, or they’d be off into the wild!
The spider monkeys are on a pice of land that’s surrounded by water to keep them in the park.
A typical flamingo photograph, eating and balancing on one leg.
As you can tell, there’s quite a variety of animals and birds at Aluxes Ecoparque outside of Palenque, Mexico.
I don’t want to spoil a visit, and more photographs, I think, might do that.
I’ll give you one more.
Remember, change in life is inevitable. It all depends on whether you accept it and make the best of it, or fight it and usually lose.
Be like a chameleon, accept the change and make the best of the situation. Keep your core beliefs, but fit in the best you can to new surroundings.
And if you’re ever in Chiapas, hanging around Palenque for the Mayan ruins, take the time to go see the Aluxes Ecoparque and Rescue Center. It’s well worth the visit.
As always, travel safely and play nice.
’til next time!