Day 1: Arrival – Antigua Guatemala
Meet & welcome at the Airport Terminal La Aurora (Guatemala City) and transfer to La Antigua Guatemala.
Day 2: El Pilar Farm – Antigua Guatemala
Morning bird watching at Finca El Pilar based 10 minutes from Antigua. Coffee, pine and oaks mostly constitute the plant life within this reserve, in an altitudinal range between 1,710 and 9,500 ft above sea level. One of the significant points of interest in El Pilar farm is that it's around hummingbirds feeders so it's possible to find numerous hummingbird’s species that reside in the area feeding - a fantastic opportunity for birdwatchers. Other birds that you can spot here include Rufous Sabrewing, Green-throated Mountain-Gem, Bushy-crested Jay, Hooded Grosbeak, Elegant Euphonia, Singing Quail, Golden-crowned Warbler, Bar-winged Oriole and more. Lunch break in a local restaurant in Antigua Guatemala before an exciting cultural excursion of Antigua discovering beautiful churches, ruins, galleries and museums, connected by aged stoned paths, together with fascinating stories and tales of the colonial times.
Day 3: Antigua Guatemala – Tecpan – Todos Santos Cuchumatanes
06:00 take a trip from Antigua Guatemala towards Tecpan birding spot. Have breakfast in Tecpan Reserve where you will discover exotic endemic species of the Northern Central American Highlands such as Pink-headed Warbler, Blue-throated Motmot and Rufous-browed Wren. During migratory (wintertime) time you will find Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Black-and-White, and Red-faced Warblers and also the resident Slate-throated Redstart, Crescent-chested and Olive Warblers as well as Hutton’s Vireo. Midday transportation to the Cuchumatanes region.
Day 4: Todos Santos Park - Quetzaltenango
Morning transfer to Todos Santos Park in the quest to find Goldman’s Warbler. This species is going to be our first endemic species and is found in a compact region in Huehuetenango as well as simple to spot within this park. Midday transport to Quetzaltenango and birdwatching in the evening at Fuentes Georginas. Some of the birds that you can spot here include Goldman’s Warbler, Yellow-eyed Junco, Ocellated Quail, Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl, Spotted Towhee, Black-capped Siskin, Ocellated Quail, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Pink-headed Warbler, Olive Warbler, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, among others.
Day 5: Fuentes Georginas
Early birdwatching excursion in the quest of exotic endemics such as the Horned Guan, Guatemalan Pygmy Owl, Pink Headed Warbler, Black Capped Siskin, Black Throated jay, Amethyst Throated and Gartner Throated Hummingbirds. Return to the lodge for rest and relaxation.
Day 6: Fuentes Georginas – Los Tarrales Reserve
Time for coffee and ready to visit Fuentes Georginas for a birding tour, with a high possibility to spot Horned Guan, Fulvous Owl, Mexican Whip – Poor – Will, and Unicolored Jay, among others. Return to the lodge for breakfast and check out. Transfer to Los Tarrales. Check in on arrival and time for lunch. After a short break, we will be ready for a birding experience around the lodge.
Day 7: Los Tarrales Reserve
After coffee, transport La Isla birding spot in search of Azure-rumped Tanager, Rufous Sabrewing, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Tody Motmot, Quails and doves among other species of the highlands. Morning meal at the location (boxed breakfast). Return to the lodge for lunch and resting. Evening birding tour through San Pedro Trail, which provides an exceptional chance to find species like White-bellied Chachalaca, Yellow-naped Parrot, and Rufous-breasted Spinetail.
Day 8: Los Tarrales – Santiago Atitlan
Time for coffee and transport to La Rinconada birding spot where is possible to find species such as Long-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Rufous-naped Wren, among others. Return to the lodge for breakfast time and check out. Transfer from Los Tarrales Reserve to Lake Atitlan with birding possibilities en route and around the lodge at Santiago Atitlan.
Day 9: Paquisis Volcano
Morning boat trip in the direction of San Pedro La Laguna where we get a pickup truck that will take us towards the entry of Paquisis volcano. Here we will begin our hike for the search of Horned Guan and other exciting species like Prevost’s Ground-sparrow, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Slender Sheartail, Rufous Sabrewing Violet Sabrewing, Bushy-crested Jay, Olive-sided Towhee, Chesnut-sided Shrike-vireo, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Mountain Trogon, Bar-winged Oriole and Ocellated Quail. Food may be provided en route (boxed breakfast). Get back to the lodge for lunch, afternoon birding boat trip in Lake Atitlan.
Day 10: Rey Tepepul Park – El Rancho
Early morning transfer to El Rey Tepepul Park, a birding spot located just 15 minutes from our lodge where is possible to find species such as our Nationa Bird, the Resplendent Quetzal, Emerald Toucanets, Azure-rumped Tanager, Elegant Euphonia, Rusty Sparrow, Green-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird, and many more. Return to the lodge for check out and transfer towards the dry scrub forest of Guatemala.
Day 11: Biotopo del Quetzal – Guatemala
Morning birding where you may spot Resplendent Quetzal, Highland Guan, Unicolored Jay, White-faced Quail-Dove, Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Northern Emerald-Toucanet, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, among others.
Day 12: Back Home
Breakfast and transfer to La Aurora International Airport in time to catch your international flight back home.