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    $3850 p/p in USD
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Birding Expeditions

  • Belize
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
Destinations

Destinations

Guatemala,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Luxury, Mid Range

Tour Overview

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.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Birding Safari, Guided Safari, Jungle Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Lake Atitlan National Park
  • Activities:
    Walking Safari, Boat Cruise
  • Getting around:
    4x4 Vehicle, Bus
  • Start/end:
    Start in Guatemala La Aurora International Airport, end in Guatemala La Aurora International Airport

Highlights

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Archaeology
  • Nature and Wildlife

 

Difficulty

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

 

Group size

  • Minimum 2

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

What's Included

  • 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

What's Excluded

  • 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

Day by Day Overview

Meet & welcome at the Airport Terminal La Aurora (Guatemala City) and transfer to La 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Breakfast and transfer to La Aurora International Airport in time to catch your international flight back home.

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