Report log from expedition to Mayan world: we made our first official stop in Calakmul (two close bumps), (More info here). I'm with the acarii team (in image from left to right): Gris, in charge of the National Colection of Acarii in the Biology Institute of UNAM; me; Marcia who was Gerardo's student at reproductive biology of Arrenuridae; and Ric who's looking for ectoparasites of scorpions and reptiles. Two more are missing: Dr. Rivas (latin expert on water mites) who did not climbed the pyramid and baby boy David, who took the picture.
The road was dominated by yellow butterflies in reproductive period (over 50 km!)... des papillon de fleur en fleur, d'amour... we crossed a basilisc (even when I find them adorable, I do not trust those biped reptiles) and some blue turkeys. We saw an encounter between a pack of spider-monkeys and wailing-monkeys... and a female wailer put her baby wailer on her back to protect him!!! I also saw an "ocofaisán" but were unable to photograph it. The natural protected area is just great, a paradise for any biologist!!!
Calakmul is one of the biggest mesoamerican ancient cities and nowadays it is also the name of a natural protected area. It's located right on the border between the northern and southern mayan zones. The city has been devoured by the forest, and the canopy is wonderfully appreciated from one of the buildings. The server is not allowing me to upload any more photos, but as soon as I get a chance I'll post them. We also went to Chetumal, Bacalar Lagoon, Tulum, Akumal, Puerto Aventuras, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and the botanical garden of ECOSUR, where we'll be doing a nocturn sampling visit tonight... I gotta run!!!