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Guatemala: Spectacular Central American Birding

Trip Description

Brief Itinerary

Guatemala is a spectacular birding destination with more than 750 bird species. This trip is an exciting birding journey designed so that most birders see 320 to over 360 species in 10 days. Guatemala offers birders over 35 bird species endemic to Guatemala and/or neighboring countries. Everyone will also enjoy Guatemala's incredible landscapes, filled with volcanoes, lakes and archeological sites. Guatemala is a land of huge contrasts, from cloud forests to dry and sub-tropical humid forests.


The three-day extension includes a visit to the spectacular Tikal archeological site, built around the 4th century BC. Tikal was the center of the vast Mayan empire. Located inside Tikal National Park in the department (province) of Petén in northern Guatemala, Tikal was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Covering over 200 square miles, Tikal National Park is a paradise for bird watchers and provides everyone in the group the opportunity to learn more about the Mayan culture and rich history of the Americas.

Day 1: Arrivals into Guatemala City

Day 2:  Dry Thorn Forest Birding and PM Birding in Ranchitos del Quetzal

Day 3: AM Birding in Los Ranchitos del Quetzal and PM transfer to Antigua Guatemala

Day 4: AM Birding in Finca el Pilar and PM Birding in Los Tarrales

Day 5: Full Day Birding at Los Tarrales Reserve

Day 6:  AM Birding in Los Tarrales Reserve and PM Birding in Las Nubes

Day 7: AM and early PM Birding in Las Nubes; Transfer to Fuentes Georginas Area.

Day 8: AM Birding in Fuentes Georginas; PM Transfer to Lake Atitlán Area

Day 9: AM Lake Atitlán Area Birding Looking for the Stunning Belted Flycatcher; Mid-Day Return to Guatemala City with Birding at Rincon Suizo and/or Other Birding Sites

Day 10:

  • Main trip only participants fly home.

  • Extension group enjoys first full day in Tikal area. See below.


Tikal: Mayan Heritage and Birding Extension


Extension Day 1/Day 10: AM Flight to Tikal National Park and Birding Rest of the Day

Extension Day 2/Day 11: Full day birding at Tikal National Park

Extension Day 3/Day 12: Full Day Birding in Cerro Cahuí Protected Biotope: AM Birding for Species Missed, and Late PM Return to Flores

Extension Day 4/Day 13: Flight from Flores to Guatemala City and flights home.

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