It was a gruelling 10-hour hike from the foot of the hill up to El Danto, a satellite camp on the west side of Cusuco National Park. Thanks to the hardworking mules, we managed to complete more than half of our journey without carrying our backpacks. Without them, it would be impossible to finish the hike before nightfall.
During our stay, we helped out in various ecological researches, such as setting up mist-nets to trap birds. After capturing them, we measured their weights, length of wings and check for signs of health. At the end, we released them back into the wild by placing them on our hands. This photo shows a Green-throated Mountain Gem waiting to take flight.
Chytrid fungi is a disease that has been wiping out amphibians over the last two decades. We were happy to find a lot of frogs right inside camp El Danto during our stay, and quite a few of them are endangered species!