ARCAS Wildlife Refuge & Mayan Ruins Tikal

Petén, Guatemala

August 11 - 17, 2019

$599.00 USD


Airline Vigilantes is excited to announce a trip to the ARCAS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in , Guatemala. The center focuses on the rehabilitation and reintroduction of all confiscated wild animals in the Mayan Biosphere Reserve and cares for 400-600 wild animals of 40+ species per year (parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, owls, hawks, crocodiles, turtles, kinkajous, and many more.) This is a week long trip consisting of feeding, caring for, preparing diets, cleaning cages, and general maintenance. Speaking Spanish is not required, but it will help!

“At the Rescue Center in Peten, volunteers live in a two story wooden building situated in a beautiful tropical forest with comfortable wooden bunk beds, "western" showers and toilets and US-style 110 electricity. Volunteers eat and socialize at a separate kitchen/dining room area and there is a floating dock on the lake for late afternoon swims. There is internet service in Flores at internet cafes and restaurants. Volunteers at the Center help in the daily feeding and caring for the animals, which can include parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, owls, hawks, crocodiles, turtles, kinkajous and many more. Nearly all of these animals have been seized from the illegal pet trade and are required to go through a rehabilitation process. It is important for their release for these animals not to become accustomed to people, therefore we treat them as wild as possible.

This trip also includes a two-day tour to the Mayan ruins of Tikal, including shuttle service there and back, one night in a hotel in the Park, two meals (lunch on arrival, and breakfast), and a bilingual guide for the park. The park entrance fee of $25/Q150 is not included.”

(Source ARCAS Guatemala)

An example of a typical day is as follows: 

6:30 Animal Husbandry and Care

8:00 Breakfast

9:00-11:00 Chores around the Peten Center

11:00 Animal Husbandry

12:00 Finish up Chores

1:00 Lunch

2:00 Animal Husbandry

3:00 Individual projects, Relaxing, Trips to Flores, Swimming, Hiking.

6:00 Dinner & socializing

9:00 Bedtime


 Due to cancellations in the past, we will be REQUIRING A $250.00 deposit upon registration. The deposits are NON REFUNDABLE, please see the Legal Policies page for information about deposits. Please DO NOT sign up and register yourself or anyone else unless you are prepared to pay your deposit. You may also choose to pay your trip in full upon sign up. You are welcome to register others as well but please make sure you have their information ready to be filled out on a separate form on the website. WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO “HOLD SPACES” for someone for you. They must be ready to pay their deposits as well upon registration. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THE ARCAS WEBSITE AND REGISTER YOURSELF. THIS WILL CAUSE YOU TO NOT BE A PART OF THE AIRLINE VIGILANTES GROUP. The demand for this trip has been overwhelming and we look forward to sharing this exciting opportunity with you.

The age requirement for ARCAS is 18. Persons under 18 are welcome if accompanied by an adult and will be handled case by case. Please email us with questions.

This trip will include food, lodging, and transportation at the park. With all Airline Vigilantes trips, you are responsible for obtaining time off and airfare. (Non-rev or confirmed)