Guatemala Birding Tour

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Guatemala Birding Tour

Birdwatching in Guatemala is very satisfying best due high diversity of birds with a high degree of regional endemism. In the highlands, the pine-oak forest, inhabits many interesting regional endemic species such as the pink headed warbler, belted flycatcher, blue throated motmot etc. At a private reserve in the cloud forest near Los Tarrales, birdwatching includes the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, cabanis tanager and a host of other birds including hummingbirds, orioles, flycatchers and trogons.

Travelling north, near Sayaxche town and Petexbatun Lake, there are spots to watch wildlife and aquatic birds. In the rainforest surrounding the Tikal National Park, and the nearby Yaxha National Park, with over 400 species of birds, form an important birdwatching area in Guatemala. You can hope to see such species as the oscillated Turkey, Yucatan Jay, Black Catbird, Rose Throated Tanager, Orange breasted Falcon etc.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY GUATEMALA BIRDING TOUR…
And, observe endemic birds in cloud forests, rainforests & wetlands.
 

What We Love
  • Discover Guatemala’s amazing birdlife with highly experienced guides.
  • Seek the resplendent Quetzal in the Guatemalan cloud forest.
  • Visit five principal destinations for observation of endemic birds of Guatemala.
  • You will visit the very best locations at the best times for observing and photographing endemic species. 
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • At Los Tarrales Cloud Forest take a tour to the habitat of the Horned Guan and the species like Resplendent Quetzal.
  • Near Atitlan, look for Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush, Rusty Sparrow, Squirrel Cuckoo, White-throated Swift and Black-vented Oriole.
  • Tikal Bird watching may include species like Tody, Blue-diademed, and Keel-billed Motmots, and Velasquez’s Woodpeckers.
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces. 

Review

Antigua is a 16th century town that sits between three imposing volcanoes. During its peak, Antigua was home to dozens of colonial monuments, churches, and monasteries, but an earthquake in 1773 reduced most of it to rubble. But its cobblestone streets still remain which are now lined with pretty, pastel-hued homes, luxe boutique hotels, and an exceptional selection of smart restaurants and shops. 
 
Lake Atitlan: Located in the Guatemalan highlands, lake Atitlan is a caldera (collapsed volcano cone) filled with shimmering water. Three high volcanoes loom over the landscape. Mayas have plied its shores for centuries and continue to do so today, wearing vibrant traditional clothing and practicing age-old Maya customs, particularly in towns like Santiago Atitlán and Santa Catarina Palopó. The area also offers great opportunities to kayak, bike, hike and zip-line.
 
Lake Atitlan & Surround: In the nearby San Juan La Laguna village, you can visit the women’s textile cooperative to see hand weaving and natural dye process and also visit the local naïf painters. Then board a boat onto Santiago Village and visit the house of the Maya God Maximon (a wooden figure draped in colourful silk scarves and smoking a fat cigar). Locals guard and worship him and a local shaman performs daily rituals. If you wish you can ask your guide to help you hire the services of a shaman for you to have a personal ceremony performed. 
 
El Petén is Guatemala's most sparsely populated department. Here parrots and monkeys far outnumber people, and the crumbling ruins of the ancient Mayas stand in for modern cities. A large tract of El Petén belongs to the Maya Biosphere Reserve, a wildlife haven that stretches from Belize through Guatemala to Mexico. The Tikal archaeological site is the department's biggest draw, though it's certainly not the only spot for ruins.
Getting There

Most flights to Guatemala from the UK are routed via US hub cities: Atlanta, Houston, New York or Miami. Airfares always depend on the season, with the highest being from Christmas to February, around Easter and in July and August. Other options include flying via Madrid on Iberia, via Amsterdam and Panama with KLM, or via Mexico with a number of airlines and then on to Guatemala with a Mexican airline. Flores airport, near Tikal, has a few flights from Belize City and Cancún.
 

 
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Guatemala Birding Tour

Antigua, Laka Atitlan, Flores, Tikal
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Antigua, Guatemala Meet and greet on arrival at Guatemala City airport and private transfer to Antigua.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Antigua hotel (B)

Day 2 – Bird watching Tour
Atitlan With your private guide and driver, take an early morning transfer to the highlands Pine Forest area. There’s a good chance of spotting the endemic Rufous-collared Thrush, Bushy-crested Jay, Black-headed Siskin, Painted Redstart, Greater Pewee, Eastern Bluebird, and White-eared Hummingbird.  Private transfer to Lake Atitlan.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Lake Atitlan hotel (B, L)

Day 3 – Volcano Tour
Atitlan Today we transfer across the lake to the San Pedro Volcano in search of the Horned Guan and other species of the area such as the pink headed warbler, belted flycatcher, blue throated motmot etc. Picnic lunch will be provided en route to allow plenty of opportunity for bird watching.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Lake Atitlan hotel (B, L)

Day 4 – Cloud Forest Tour
Atitlan After early morning bird watching at the lakeshore, we take a private transfer to a beautiful Los Tarrales reserve located southeast of Lake Atitlan. It has both coffee plantation and cloud forest scenery for a variety of bird watching opportunities.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Los Tarrales Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5 – In Search of Resplendent Quetzal
Los Tarrales Cloud Forest After early morning birdwatching at Los Tarrales we transfer to a private reserve in the cloud forest. Here we can hope to see the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, cabanis tanager (Tangara cabanisi) and a host of other birds including hummingbirds, orioles, flycatchers, trogons and motmots..
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Los Tarrales Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Rainforest Tour
Flores After an early morning bird watching session we transfer to Guatemala City where we can enjoy a visit to some of the museums and have lunch before boarding our flight to Flores in the northern rainforest. Here we transfer to our hotel in the rainforest near Flores for overnight. If required, we can arrange night hikes / wildlife spotting trips.
Overnight in Ixpanpajul hotel (B)

Day 7 – Aquatic birds
Chiminos Penninsular After an early morning birdwatching session we transfer to Sayaxche town and board a boat for transfer to the Chiminos Island Lodge. Along the way we will have a chance to spot a variety of wildlife and aquatic birds. In the late afternoon there will be another chance to sport birds on the Petexbatun Lake.
Overnight Chiminos Island Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Aguateca Tour
Tikal National Park Early morning bird watching in the Chiminos Lodge area. Then we transfer to the archaeology site at Aguateca to explore the site and look for a variety of birds in the area. As the day draws to a close we will take the boat back to Sayaxche and transfer back to Tikal National Park.
Overnight in Tikal hotel (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Tikal Jungle
Tikal National Park Today we enjoy a full day of birdwatching in the Tikal National Park. As well as enjoying the site itself we will hope to see such species as the oscillated Turkey, Yucatan Jay, Black Catbird, Rose Throated Tanager, Orange breasted Falcon etc.
Overnight in Tikal hotel (B, L)

Day 10 – Depart
Guatemala City Guests will transfer to Flores airport for the short flight to Guatemala City in time to connect with international flights. (B)
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199
     

When to go Guatemala has a very good weather all year round and for that reason is called "The Land of Eternal Spring". In reality there are only two seasons, the dry season (from November to April) and the wet season (from May to October).

The best time to visit Guatemala is during the dry season; however, being summer holidays, this is also the busiest time. The rainy season isn’t that bad and you may consider planning your trip during this time of the year. Trips during this period are less expensive and there is so much to see on your own.  

November through April (Dry): This is Guatemala’s dry season with dazzling blue skies and warm sunshine to Antigua and Lake Atitlan. The tourist high season runs December through March, when demand for accommodation can be high; hence booking in advance is advised.

May through October (Wet): The rainy season runs roughly from May to October. The busiest times for tourism during this season are July and August. During this time you can often expect sunny mornings and showers falling predominantly in the afternoon, usually lasting no longer than a couple of hours, with the worst of the rain falling in September and October.

Visas British citizens don’t need a visa to visit Guatemala for up to 90 days. If you wish to extend your visa, you must submit an application to the Migration Directorate in Guatemala City.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Guatemala.

For further information contact the Guatemalan Embassy in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk