The British presenter of nature documentaries Nigel Marven is in Guatemala as part of a series of recordings he is making with his production team in Central America. According to Marven, it is the first time he has recorded in the country, for Animal Planet, who highlighted the richness of Guatemala in wildlife and incredible archaeology.
Some of the sites visited by the Marven production team are:
Within the Mayan Biosphere Reserve in Petén, the most extensive protected area of Central America:
- Laguna del Tigre National Park (RAMSAR Site), specifically the Biological Station Las Guacamayas.
- The National Park “Mirador – Rio Azul”, specifically the Archaeological Site “El Mirador”.
- The National Park “Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo” (RAMSAR Site), specifically the Yaxha Archaeological Park and Nakum Archaeological Site.
Within the Biome of the dry forest or “Chaparral Espinoso” in “El Arenal”, Zacapa.
- The Private Nature Reserve for the Conservation of Heloderma.
Within the cloudy forest corridor in Purulhá, Baja Verapaz.
- The Natural Reserve: “Los Ranchitos del Quetzal”.
Inside the Central Volcanic Chain in the mountain forest biome in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez.
- Farm “El Pilar”.
Inside the mountain forest biome in San Vicente Pacaya, Escuintla.
- The National Park: Pacaya Volcano and Calderas Lagoon.
Inside the wet tropical savanna biome in Santa Rosa.
- The “Auto Safari Chapin”.
Within the western volcanic chain and in the forest and mountain jungle biomes of Patulul, Suchitepéquez.
- Private Natural Reserve “Los Tarrales”.
Within the mountain forest biome in Santiago Atitlán, Panajachel and Sololá.
- The Multiple Use Reserve: Watershed of the Lake Atitlán.
Within the end of the western volcanic chain and in the forest and mountain jungle biomes in Sibinal, San Marcos.
- The Tacana Volcano definitive closed area and its area of effect.
As well as the Guatemala City.
Marven has been interested in wildlife since a young age. He studied in the University of Bristol and began his career in wildlife by joining the Natural History Unit of the BBC. After working with David Attenborough for twelve years, he presented episodes of Walking with Dinosaurs and then Prehistoric Park, before developing his own production company in 2003. Since then, he had traveled the world capturing some of the most amazing animals.
Nigel Marven´s visit in Guatemala has been coordinated and managed by the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT), the tourism operators of Anywhere Guatemala Nature, Kúk Tours, the Foundation FUNDASELVA, the expert in birds of North Central America Daniel Aldana and the photographer, biologist and reptile expert, Andrés Novales.
At the same time, with the support of the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), the Institute of Anthropology and History of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, various foundations, administrators and directors of protected areas, tourism sites, nature reserves and the organized private sector.