Palenque, Mexico - Aluxes EcoPark

A chameleon at the Aluxes Ecoparque, outside of Palenque, Mexico.
A chameleon at the Aluxes Ecoparque, outside of Palenque, Mexico. | Source

A Chameleon at Aluxes EcoPark, outside of Palenque, Mexico

Attractions usually don't grab my interest, or hold me in place, these days. At 63, I've reached the stage where a response of "Been there, done that" isn't out of the ordinary. Then there are attractions, like Aluxes EcoPark, that grab my interest and hold me in place, for hours at a time. The attraction brought back childhood memory's of awe and delight.

Aluxes EcoPark is designed to allow animals and birds to live in a "natural" environment. The large birds - macaws, flamingos, storks, ducks, etc. - come and go as they please. The larger animals, if they aren't a threat to humans, are permitted to live peacefully on man-made islands.

The predators - jaguars, pumas, ocelots - are kept in cages. Which is understandable. As a visitor, you wouldn't like to become a meal. Fortunately, the same's done with the venomous snakes!

The entrance fee's inexpensive. 100 pesos (around $5.50) allows the visitor access to the Ecopark for the day. I spent about 4 hours in the park. I left because I was tired, not bored.

Once inside the gates, the passageway leads to the information center. That's another thing about Aluxes EcoPark, they've really laid it out well. Paths and directional signs make it easy to navigate. The paths are raised to keep your feet dry during the rainy season. Raising the path's is also a deterrent for the slithery critters found in this area of Mexico.

Sorry, I've digressed a little. We're in the information center. A large, thatched roof covers an area about the size of a large McDonald's restaurant. No doors to walk through, the path leads you to the stone tiled floor, beneath the thatched roof.

And the greeters are these fellows!

The macaws fly around Aluxes EcoPark, Palenque, Mexico

Macaws come in blue - I never knew that!
Macaws come in blue - I never knew that! | Source

The red macaw at Aluxes EcoPark, Palenque, Mexico

If you look closely, you can see my reflection in the macaws eye!
If you look closely, you can see my reflection in the macaws eye! | Source

A green macaw at the Aluxes EcoPark, Palenque, Mexico

A green macaw greeting me at the information center
A green macaw greeting me at the information center | Source

Why so Many Macaws?

The original reason for establishing Aluxes EcoPark was to re-introduce macaws. Macaws had become extinct about 30 yrs. ago, in the jungle areas around Palenque, Mexico. Poaching, construction and hunting wiped out the macaw population. The Aluxes family created a charitable organization. Then started creating a site appropriate for raising and releasing macaws into the wild.

As the site grew, local's brought in birds and other animals, that were injured. The Aluxes organization had the means and the knowledge to rehabilitate the injured wildlife. Some animals were seriously injured. They'd never survive, if released back into the wild. As time passed, the Aluxes Charity evolved into the EcoPark that's present today.

Macaws are easy birds to entice to visit, on a regular basis. Just leave out some fruits or vegetables and they'll fly to the food. Provide them places to perch and they'll become guests, staying for hours at a time!

Injured Toucan Found a Home at Aluxes EcoPark!

This injured toucan could not survive in the wild. It now has a safe home to live out it's life at Aluxes EcoPark
This injured toucan could not survive in the wild. It now has a safe home to live out it's life at Aluxes EcoPark | Source

Birds! Aluxes EcoPark Has Lots of Birds

The variety of birds captivated me. I'm a photographer and love photographing birds. Photographing birds at Aluxes EcoPark park was fun and entertaining. There's such a wide variety - parrots, macaws, flamingos, storks, ducks, toucan's, and more, their names unknown to me. Adding to the entertainment, the birds, comfortable around people, allowed me a closeness not possible in the wild.

Close Ups Were Fun!

A nice close-up.
A nice close-up. | Source

Another multi-colored bird

The bird's were a joy to watch
The bird's were a joy to watch | Source

The Reason for so Many Birds

Birds are drawn to Aluxes EcoPark for a variety of reasons. For the macaws, the attraction is food and it's where most were born. For the ducks, canals and small ponds entice them to visit. Flamingos and storks come for food and the water - the food scrounged for in the ponds and canals. Parakeets and toucans were injured and now remain at Aluxes EcoPark in aviaries.

A Wide Variety of Birds and Feeding Locations

A variety of parrot or parakeets I'd never seen before
A variety of parrot or parakeets I'd never seen before | Source

Crocodile's Were Caged, Thank Goodness!

 A huge croc, about 9 feet long.
A huge croc, about 9 feet long. | Source

Canals and Islands are an Integral Part of Aluxes EcoPark.

Throughout Aluxes EcoPark, canals allow the flow of fresh water, into the park. The canal's other purpose is to keep animals on islands. These islands are designed for the animal's safety and to stop their escape. Each island is designed for each type of resident. Thus, the island used by boars is muddy and has small enclosures, providing protection from the sun. The monkey's island has ropes, swings and bars. Crocodile islands are left bare.

The trail the visitor takes, follows the canals around the park. Hence, the visitor is following the flow of fresh water being delivered to different locations in the park. As the water flows, so flow the visitors!

Caiman's Are Seen in the Canals

 The visitor will see these little guys (about a foot long) in the canals. Caiman's never get as large as Crocodiles.
The visitor will see these little guys (about a foot long) in the canals. Caiman's never get as large as Crocodiles. | Source

Different Types of Waterfowl Feed in the Canals

Don't know the name of this creepy looking bird.
Don't know the name of this creepy looking bird. | Source

I Nicknamed This One Curly

"Curly" - don't know the birds real name
"Curly" - don't know the birds real name | Source

Flamingos Could be Seen Up-Close

See how the leg is designed to allow the flaming to stand on one leg?
See how the leg is designed to allow the flaming to stand on one leg? | Source

A Bird Pruning

The birds offered a wide variety of pruning techniques
The birds offered a wide variety of pruning techniques | Source

Different Types of Ducks Visit the EcoPark

A duck sitting on a fencepost in Aluxes EcoPark
A duck sitting on a fencepost in Aluxes EcoPark | Source
A mother and her hatchlings enjoy swim
A mother and her hatchlings enjoy swim | Source

The water fowl can be seen at most times, when you're walking the risen path that circles the park.

A bird that wades the channels the crawl around the park.
A bird that wades the channels the crawl around the park. | Source

Animals Enjoy Their Own Piece of Real Estate

Boars enjoying the sun
Boars enjoying the sun | Source
A spider monkey sitting in a tree on his island
A spider monkey sitting in a tree on his island | Source
A monkey enjoys his abode
A monkey enjoys his abode | Source
This guy was about 15 ft. long. I don't think he has any worries about anyone disturbing his island!
This guy was about 15 ft. long. I don't think he has any worries about anyone disturbing his island! | Source

Aluxes EcoPark, Palenque, Mexico

People going to Palenque, Mexico have the goal of visiting Mayan Ruins. Most miss the Aluxes EcoPark. It's as worthwhile a visit as the Mayan Ruins, if you like animals. The variety is great. The atmosphere is close to the natural habitats of the animals. For the photographer in me, the place was fantastic!

All the pictures are of live animals.

A Leopard at Aluxes Ecoparque

 Leopards are caged at Aluxes Ecoparque
Leopards are caged at Aluxes Ecoparque | Source

A Turtle Jam in a Canal at Aluxes EcoPark

A turtle traffic jam!
A turtle traffic jam! | Source

A Howling Monkey Relaxing

One of the howling monkeys at Aluxes Ecoparque in Mexico
One of the howling monkeys at Aluxes Ecoparque in Mexico | Source

Aluxes EcoPark Gets 5 Stars!

5 stars for Aluxes EcoPark

Aluxes EcoPark is located outside of Palanque, Mexico

A markerAluxes Ecoparque, Palenque, Mexico -
Ecoparque Aluxes, 29960 Palenque, Chis., Mexico
[get directions]

Aluxes EcoPark is a must visit if you're in Palenque, Mexico. A well laid out park full of birds and animals.

Bird-Finding Guide of Mexico

A Bird-Finding Guide to Mexico (Comstock Books)
A Bird-Finding Guide to Mexico (Comstock Books)

A unique birding guide. You're in Palenque, Mexico, what birds live in the area? Were do I have to be if I want to see a particular species of bird?

Most books will tell you the birds that live in a country or continent. But, where to find them? Not many do that.

This is particularly important in a diverse country like Mexico.

Mexico has deserts, jungle, high mountains, canyons and waterfalls.. Each is a habitat for a different type of bird.

If you want to see a toucan, the locations where you might see one are given.

If your in the jungle area of Palenque, it tells you what birds you should keep an eye out for.

How cool is that? You know ahead of time what to expect from the bird population.

It's always more interesting, at least to me, when I know a little history and facts about the birds I see.

 

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vocalcoach 10 months ago from Nashville Tn.

This is a wonderful place! Thank you for sharing and for the beautiful pictures. The park is designed so well with great thought for what is best for the precious wildlife. I'd love to visit here!


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claptona 10 months ago from Earth Author

Thanks for your comment, vocalcoach.

All you said in your comment is very true.

It was a real joy visiting this unique gem in the Mexican jungle!

Only a flight away!


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aviannovice 10 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I also looked this up on the internet and learned that the animals are rehabilitated and returned to the wild.


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claptona 10 months ago from Earth Author

Yes, if that's possible.

I have a picture of a toucan that has lost a portion of his beak, and he can never leave the Ecoparque. He cannot survive in the wild.

Also, a few of the animals are endangered species, and are safer in the ecoparque.

They do a pretty good job within the space that they have.

Thanks so much for looking at the hub and leaving a comment.

Cheers


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poetryman6969 10 months ago

Some beautiful animals.


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claptona 10 months ago from Earth Author

Yes, the animals were beautiful, weird, and the crocs were something that I would never want to meet on a level playing field .(leopard's too!)

It was really great to be able to visit the park.

Thanks for visiting the hub and taking the time to leave a comment.

Cheers


Monika 12 days ago

Looks like a great and interesting place. I didn't know there was something like this in Palenque.


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claptona 11 days ago from Earth Author

Hi Monka,

Yup, most people go to Palenque to see the Mayan ruins, which is worth the trip.

I was driving around and stumbled on this place and was happy I decided to visit. A well run place with a very nice layout for the visitors and the animals.

Thanks for visiting!

Cheers

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