Macaw walk through cage
Woke up and met up with the group early in the morning to see if we would be able to continue toward Utila
Island today. The buses were still not running, so the plan was to stay another night in Copan
and figure out a new itinerary. Our guide gave us a bunch of activity options that we could do today. After lunch, a few of us decide to check out Macaw Mountain Bird Sanctuary. We rode the tuk tuk for 20 Limpiras to the entrance of park. We each paid $10 for a ticket into the park, which is good for 3 days. They gave us a colored map and we started our journey through the sanctuary. We walked through a cage filled with a bunch of beautiful Macaws.
Got really close to one of them, until I scared it by trying to reach for it's tail. The Macaws were very calm, just chilling on their branches. We exited the cage and continued on the path and found a cage full of small parrots. One of the birds greeted us by saying "hola." They seemed very curious and flew right up against the cage to get a closer look at us. We saw a few more Macaws, parrots, and even some Tucans. The Tucans were pretty erratic, hopping and flying frantically around the cage. The coolest part of the sanctuary was the interactive area. We were able to hold and touch 3 Macaws and a few parrots. Their handler placed them right on our shoulders and even our head. He let one stay on my shoulder and it started to fall asleep right there.
After the cool interactive section, we enjoyed a nice cool beer at the cafe before heading back to our hotel. It was a nice relaxing day and definitely worth checking out if you like birds.
We had another group meeting to discuss our options for the rest of the trip. It was not possible for us to continue toward Utila, we agreed that it was not safe for us to remain in Honduras during the military coup. We could either cancel the trip or head back to Antigua for another night and fly over to Nicaragua. We would have to pay for the flight out of our own pocket, which every was not happy about to hear. We're hoping that our travel insurance will cover these extra costs due to the military coup.