Las Guacamayas, Chiapas, Mexico
On the southern edge of the Parque Natural Montes Azules in southern Chiapas, Mexico
, across the Lacantún River, a center has been established for the protection of the Scarlet Macaw, the Guacamaya. It has 30 hotel-like rooms, housed under palapa roofs in duplexes, a restaurant with decent food, and a reception building where you can arrange boat tours and guided hikes through the jungle. Dorms and a camping area with shared bathrooms are also available for intrepid travelers. On the early morning boat tour, you can see Gucamayas in their nesting boxes and in flight, along with toucans, parrots, fishing eagles and guans. The trip takes you down a jade river surrounded by emerald forest, topped with blue sky. It's magical.