Guatemala Endemic Bird Safari

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Guatemala Endemic Bird Safari Guatemala Endemic Bird Safari
12 Days from $3,850 p/p in USD Departures: Year Round
 

Visit Guatemala's very best bird watching destinations in the mountain forest of the center highlands, subtropical humid forest of the Pacific coast, cloud forest of the Biological Corridor of Resplendent Quetzal and tropical rainforest of Las Verapaces and Peten in the lowlands, to see endemic species like Goldman’s Warbler, and much more.

Overview

  • Country:
    Guatemala
  • You will visit:
    Antigua Guatemala, Finca El Pilar, Tecpan Reserve, Los Cuchumatanes, Todos Santos Park, Quetzaltenango, Los Tarrales Reserve, Lake Atitlan, Paquisis Volcano, El Rey Tepepul Park, El Rancho, Biotopo del Quetzal
  • Tour type:
    guided, small group
  • Safari standard:
    luxury, mid-range
  • Wildlife:
    Rufous Sabrewing, Green-throated Mountain-Gem, Bushy-crested Jay, Hooded Grosbeak, Elegant Euphonia, Singing Quail, Golden-crowned Warbler, Bar-winged Oriole, Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Black-and-White, and Red-faced Warblers also the resident Slate-throated Redstart, Pink-headed, Crescent-chested, Olive Warblers, Hutton’s Vireo, Goldman’s Yellow-eyed Junco, Ocellated Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl, Spotted Towhee, Black-capped Siskin, Kinglet, Pink-headed Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, Horned Guan, Pygmy Pink Headed Black Capped siskin, Throated jay, Amethyst Gartner Hummingbirds, Azure-rumped Tanager, Emerald-chinned Tody Motmot, Quails, White-bellied Chachalaca, Yellow-naped Parrot, Rufous-breasted Spinetail, Long-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Rufous-naped Wren, Guan other exciting species like Prevost’s Ground-sparrow, Amethyst-throated Slender Sheartail, Sabrewing Violet Olive-sided Chesnut-sided Shrike-vireo, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Mountain Trogon, Oriole, The Resplendent Quetzal, Emerald Toucanets, Rusty Sparrow, Green-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird, Highland Unicolored White-faced Quail-Dove, Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Northern Emerald-Toucanet, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia
  • Viewing by:
    Guided walking safari, boat safari
  • Getting around:
    Minibus, boat, SUV, internal flights
  • Arrive/Depart:
    Start/end in Guatemala La Aurora International Airport

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Archaeology
  • Nature and Wildlife

Difficulty

  • Moderate-High
  • Trip may include activities like walks, hikes and boat rides

Group size

  • Minimum 2

Day by Day

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.

Rates

RATES - PER PERSON USD


From USD 3,850 per person, based on double occupancy

Single Supplement from USD 390


Not valid for

  • 19 Dec 2019/2020 to 5 January 2020/2021
  • 5 April to 11 April 2020


Includes

  • All lodging as per itinerary, sharing room with en-suite facilities
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 12 (2 soft drinks per meal included)
  • Ground transportation mentioned in the itinerary, 4X4 where necessary
  • Boat transportation for Lake Atitlan
  • Birdwatching specialized tour guide full time from day 1 – 11
  • Local guides in each destination
  • Check list
  • Reserve and parks entrance fees
  • Hotel taxes


Excludes

  • Extra charges for payments with credit card (4%)
  • International flights
  • Airport departure tax (Q20 per person each way, about US$3.00)
  • Difference in price of hotel accommodation on holidays (Holy week, Christmas and New Year season)
  • Travel insurance
  • Telephone calls, laundry or any other items of personal nature
  • Tips to drivers and guides
  • Non specified services

 


Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by 'Birding Expeditions'
  • All prices are 'From' and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • 'Birding Expeditions' reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability
  • Tours can be customized but may be subjct to additional costs

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Available all year round - contact us to discuss your dates.

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