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Guatemala Highlands & Mayan World Guatemala Highlands & Mayan World
14 Days from $4,525 p/p in USD Departures: Year Round
 

This birding expedition will take you through diverse forest in the center highlands, Pacific coast and lowlands of Guatemala, inhabited by regional endemic and other interesting birds such as Pink- headed Warbler, Horned Guan, Azure-rumped Tanager, Orange-breasted Falcon, Crested Eagle, Ocellated Turkey and Pale-billed Woodpecker, among many others.

Overview

  • Country:
    Guatemala
  • You will visit:
    Antigua Guatemala, Finca El Pilar, Tecpan Reserve, Fuentes Georginas, Los Tarrales Private Reserve, Lake Atitlan, Paquisis Volcano, El Rey Tepepul Park, Flores, Las Guacamayas Biological Station, El Peru Archaeological Site, Tikal National Park
  • 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 together with the resident Slate-throated Redstart, Pink-headed, Crescent-chested, Olive as well Hutton’s Vireo, Horned Guan, Wine-throated Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Cinnamon-bellied flower piercing, Mexican_violetear (Former Green_violetear), Guatemalan Pigmy Owl, Azure-rumped tanager, Emerald-chinned Tody Motmot, Quails, Long-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Rufous-naped Wren, Guan other interesting species such Prevost’s Ground-sparrow, Amethyst-throated Slender Sheartail, Sabrewing Violet Olive-sided Towhee, Chesnut-sided Shrike-vireo, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Mountain Trogon, Ocellated Herons, Kingfishers, Limpkin, Parrots, Grey-necked Wood-rail, Northern Jacana, Agami Heron, Green-backed Sparrow, Wedge-tailed Yucatan Woodpecker, Red-capped Golden-hooded Tanager, Yellow-tailed Scarlet Macaw, Brown-hooded Parrot, White-crowned Sungrebe, Ruddy Crake, Potoo, Poorwill, Scaly-breasted Turkey; Bat Falcon; Macaw; Black-and-White Owl; Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Lovely Cotinga, Rose-throated Tanager; Green-Backed turkey, orange-breasted falcon, Black Catbird, Great Curassow, White-fronted Parrot; Mealy Crested Eagle, ,Slaty-tailed Keel-billed Toucan, Chestnut-colored Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher; White-bellied Montezuma Oropendola
  • 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
  • Mayan culture

Difficulty

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

Group size

  • Minimum 2

Day by Day

Day 1:  Arrive - Antigua Guatemala

Arrival Mmet & greet at the International Airport La Aurora (Guatemala) and transportation to Antigua Guatemala.

Day 2:  Finca El Pilar – 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 possible to find numerous hummingbird species that reside in the area feeding - a fantastic opportunity for birdwatchers. Other birds 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:  Tecpan – Quetzaltenango

06:00 departure from Antigua Guatemala toward Tecpan area where you have breakfast. On a bird watching tour in Tecpan Reserve you will find interesting endemic species of the north Central American highlands like Pink-headed Warbler, Blue-throated Motmot and Rufous-browed Wren. During migratory (winter) season you will find Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Black-and-White, and Red-faced Warblers together with the resident Slate-throated Redstart, Pink-headed, Crescent-chested and Olive Warbler, as well as Hutton’s Vireo. Midday transfer to Quetzaltenango and birdwatching in the afternoon in the Los Vados area.

Day 4:  Fuentes Georginas – Los Tarrales Reserve

Morning birdwatching in the very humid sub-tropical forest at Fuentes Georginas. In addition to being a great birding destination Fuentes Georginas is a hot spring with developed pools. Here we hope to spot Horned Guan, Wine-throated and Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Cinnamon-bellied flower piercing, Mexican_violetear (Former Green_violetear) and Guatemalan Pigmy Owl. After lunch transfer to Los Tarrales Private Reserve and enjoy bird watching around the lodge in the afternoon

Day 5:  Los Tarrales Private Reserve

Time for coffee then transfer to Vesubio area in the quest of Azure-rumped tanager, Rufous Sabrewing, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Tody Motmot, Quails and doves among other species of the highlands. Boxed beakfast here and later lunch followed by an afternoon birding tour around La Laguneta, which offers a good opportunity to find out species such as White-bellied Chachalaca, Yellow-naped Parrot and Rufous-breasted Spinetail, among others. Dinner and lodging at Los Tarrales Reserve.

Day 6:  Los Tarrales – Lake Atitlan

Time for coffee and transfer to La Rinconada area where it's possible to find species such as Long-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Rufous-naped Wren, among others. Boxed breakfast here. Midday transfer to Lake Atitlan and afternoon bird watching around the lodge.

Day 7:  Volcan Paquisis – Los Tarrales

Early boat ride toward San Pedro La Laguna, where we will climb Paquisis Volcano in the quest of Horned Guan and other interesting species such as 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. Lunch will be served en route (boxed lunch).

Day 8:  Lake Atitlan – Flores

Morning birdwatching around Lake Atitlan and El Rey Tepepul Park. After breakfast transfer to the airport for a 17:15 flight to Flores. Arrive at 18:00 hrs, meet & greet and transfer to Flores Island for one night of lodging.

Day 9:  Las Guacamayas Biological Station

07:00 leave from Flores to Paso Caballos for a trip of approximately 3 hrs. The whole road proposes great birding opportunities, where we can watch some birds in open areas, secondary forest and ponds, such as Flycatchers, Hawks, Herons and Kingfishers among others. Arrive in the community of Paso Caballos where we will board a boat to take us through the San Pedro River towards Las Guacamayas Biological Station (aprox. 20 minutes). Birding en route, species such as Herons, Kingfishers, Limpkin, Parrots, Grey-necked Wood-rail, Northern Jacana and many more.

On arrival, you will be received by the EBG staff and they will give an introduction on the activities of the station, solid waste management, research programs, conservation and social projection. Lunch then at 15:00 a birding tour around the base station ending at Las Guacamayas lookout, Enjoy this fascinating birding tour in the Scarlet macaw's sanctuary and prepare to discover the natural world of more than 260 species of resident birds. With an abundant wildlife such as spider monkeys and howler monkeys (saraguate), occasionally tapirs, crocodiles, and a great variety of birds, among those we can mention the scarlet macaw, toucans, blue herons, parakeets, and many more.

Day 10:  El Peru Archaeological Site

05:00 time for a coffee (breakfast en route) and we board our boat for a birding tour through the archaeological site El Peru, where we will visit the most important nesting area of the Scarlet Macaw (Ara Macaw) in Guatemala as well as other interesting species such as Ocellated Turkey, Bat Falcon, Black-and-White Owl, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Lovely Cotinga, Rose-throated Tanager, Green-Backed Sparrow. On a night time aquatic excursion explore the stream Sacluc, an experienced guide accompanies us and with the support of a flashlight, our guide illuminates the night time creatures that live here, including the crocodile petenero (Crocodylus moreletii), bats, birds and more. Note: You can spot Scarlet Macaws from February to May. 

Day 11:  Las Guacamayas – Tikal National Park

Morning birdwatching in San Pedro River then after breakfast transfer to Tikal National Park, stopping en route in Flores to have lunch. Quick stop at El Remate to do some birding before a sunset tour in Tikal National Park

Day 12:  Tikal National Park

Early birdwatching tour in Tikal National Park. Tikal is part of the nucleus areas of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, with a high level of conservation activities and research. The monuments, remnants of the ancient Maya culture located in the middle of luscious jungles, are ideal places for bird watching where we will find interesting species such as Ocellated turkey, Orange-breasted Falcon, Yucatan Jay, Black Catbird, Rose-throated Tanager, Great Curassow, White-fronted Parrot; Mealy Parrot, Crested Eagle, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Keel-billed Toucan, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, White-bellied Wren, Montezuma Oropendola and many hummingbirds, among others. During migratory season flocks of warblers, tanagers and others makes this destination a fantastic tropical paradise. At midday enjoy an archaeological tour. 

Day 13:  Tikal National Park

Second day in Tikal with birding and an archaeology tour. Afternoon transfer to the airport for an 18:30 local flight from Flores to Guatemala City. Arrive at 19:30, meet & greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 14:  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 4,525 per person, based on double occupancy

Single Supplement USD 390


Not valid for:

  • 19 Dec 2019/2020 to 05 January 2020/2021
  • 5-11 April 2020


Includes

  • All lodging as per itinerary, sharing room with en-suite facilities
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 14 (2 soft drinks per meal included)
  • Ground transportation mentioned in the itinerary, 4X4 where necessary
  • Boat transportation for Lake Atitlan and Las Guacamayas Biological Station
  • Birdwatching specialized tour guide full time from day 1 – 13
  • Local guides in each destination
  • Round trip airline ticket from Guatemala to Flores
  • 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

 


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