February 26, 2014
Our time in Hualtulco is running out and with the exception of a tour to a local farm, I have only birded in areas that are walking distance from the marina. I have been wanting to go wandering around the Rio Copalita area in hopes of finding a Russet-crowned Motmot. I have been a little nervous about going by myself though. Several local ladies have stopped me for a chat while I was out birding and expressed a little concern that I was alone and carrying a camera and binoculars. I don't mean to imply that Hualtulco is a dangerous place, it seems far from that to me. The locals are warm, friendly and helpful, but there are thieves everywhere and the ladies were just telling to keep an eye out. Being out in the wilds by myself might not be a great idea. I saw a sign on the main drag advertising the Copalita Eco-Archeological Park, and I figured it would be a safe place for me to wander by myself, and it was. I had a great day walking in this park and would like to go again before we take off. I got my Russet-crowned Motmot! Too bad I couldn't get a good shot, this is the best I got. Another endemic. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
The 'pathway' through the park is an amazing feat; a hand laid flagstone sidewalk that splits and goes in different directions. I have no idea how many square feet it is, but it is a lot.
I wonder how many hours in hot conditions went into this extensive sidewalk; it's a work of art. The fence is made of vines.
Over-looking the mouth of the Copalita River.
Long stretches of beautifully laid sidewalks.
If you go to the park, do not go on a Monday, it's closed. I went on a Monday, but it was no biggy, I had the taxi driver take me to Bocana Copalitia (river mouth), and I birded my way up to Tangolunda. It was a good day and I went to the Eco Park the next day; manana.
Golden-cheeked Woodpecker (heard)
Great Blue Heron