Gumbalimba Park ...
An Excellent Adventure
Gumbalimba Park is a 'must see'. It is located at West Bay Beach, just off the main highway. Unlike most Roatan 'Places to See', Gumbalimba Park has great signage. The beautiful flowers and plants greet you right at the parking lot. There is a very good display of the early days of Roatan, located in a man-made cave, next to the parking lot. From there, guides will take you through the trails, flanked by beautiful flowers and plants, across the swinging bridge, to the Scarlet Macaws, Parrots and Monkeys.
The Scarlet Macaw is the Honduran National Bird. It also was the Sacred Bird of the Mayan. They are very colorful, and noisy. They are a Protected Species of bird, with severe penalties if caught trying to take back to your home country. So remember not to put one in your 'carry-on'. I know it can be tempting.
The monkeys of Gumbalimba are great! You are allowed to hold and pet them. Generally, they are 'holding and petting' you. They are a very curious animal, wanting to 'pick your shirt pockets', look through your cameras and video recorder lenses, etc. Watch out as you walk through the area as they have been known to jump from a tree branch right on your back. I can testify to that!
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