ARCAS – Wildlife Rescue Center, Guatemala

ARCAS wildlife rescue center is an organization in Guatemala that has been working really hard to preserve the local wildlife for over 20 years with a small rescue center fighting to get and rehabilitate as many animals that have been confiscated by the government from the black market.

Now it is one of Guatemala’s biggest organizations and has 3 locations. The central office can be found in Guatemala City. The actual centers are located in Monterrico and in Peten. The one in Peten is trying to preserve native species of the jungle like the jaguar, while the one in Monterrico is working to protect the leatherback sea turtles that nest in Guatemala’s Pacific Coast.

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I’ve visited the one in Peten twice, the first time alone as a single woman and another one with my family. ARCAS is the reason why I met my husband. At the time he was getting his veterinary practice done in ARCAS Peten when we met.

About a year ago we decided to go to ARCAS Monterrico. It was during Leatherback Sea Turtle’s hatching season so we where we were able to be part of the magical experience of releasing and helping baby sea turtles to get into the sea right after the hatched.


Averigua que otros lugares visitar en tu viaje a Guatemala.

I highly recommend visiting these places. They have educational programs, tours and you can become a volunteer in Guatemala. They have some short programs for travelers.

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