|Adela and Rowland on top of|
La Danta at El Mirador
|Adela Mei - Co-founder of Indigo Expeditions|
"In 2020 there have been approximately 6000 Olive Ridley turtles released by Tortugario el Banco, which is a record year!"
|"We provide training with a focus on ethical|
and respectful survey and monitoring protocols".
So how did Indigo get started?
"I started working in Guatemala in 2013 under the name Project Chicchan, then as Adela became more and more involved we decided to rebrand to Indigo Expeditions in 2015. For me Guatemala is such an incredibly diverse country. Not just in terms of wildlife but also landscapes and culture. Because of its small size you can go from desert to cloud forest in just a few hours, it's breathtaking! But most of all it's the hearts of the people, their friendliness and warmth, even to complete strangers. Oh, and they have the best avocados in the world!"
Reptiles and amphibians may be Rowland's passion but he's also a good all-round wildlife guy and is more than happy to point out birds and mammals seen on his expeditions too. When asked about his favourite reptile, I can tell it's a struggle for him to name just one...
"I never tire of finding reptiles and amphibians in the wild and picking my favourites would be very tricky. I once said that my favourite snake was the one I had just found. But I really love encountering yellow-blotched palm pitvipers (often called Rax K'aj, which translates as green lightening). They are such calm and wonderful beings to sit with and watch, I find that exhilarating you know. Being able to sit within a few meters of a wild animal and just watch it go about it's business without disturbing it."
|Rowland with a 'Rax K'aj'|
|Rowland (left) with Guatemalan herper|
Andres Novales holding a Green Iguana
|From left to right:|
Andres Novales, Rowland Griffin and Nigel Marven
Keep your eye's peeled for the release of Wild Guatemala with Nigel Marven this year, where you can see Rowland in action.
I can't recommend Indigo enough. Whether it's for your first trip to Guatemala or a repeat visit you should really check out their range of volunteer conservation activities and trips - you will get no better introduction (or warmer welcome) to this wonderful country.
You can follow Indigo on Twitter (@exploreindigo) and both Facebook and Instagram (@explorewithindigo) or contact Adela to book your next adventurous holiday to Guatemala on email@example.com.