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Archaeobirding Tours

Martsam Travel launches Archaeobirding Expeditions

Archaeobirding is a new concept created by Martsam Travel which is a mixture of three of our most important specialties: colorful live culture, archaeology and birdwatching tours.

The natural and cultural environment where we develop our operations is known as the Mayan World which includes Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.

Five countries where the nature blended to be one of the regions with the major biodiversity of the world, in addition to have an incomparable archaeological richness and live culture who make vibrate to the visitors.

Archaeobirding Expeditions are an innovative tender to discover endemic and emblematic birds such as: the resplendent Quetzal, Pink Headed Warbler, Azure Rumped Tanager, Horned Guan, Yucatan Flycatcher, Yucatan Jay, Yucatan Bobwhite, Blue Tailed Hummingbird, Spotted Nightingale-thrush, Yellow-throated Brush-finch, Ocellated Turkey and Orange Breasted Falcon, among others.

Most of these birds are located inside of national parks with a high content of archaeology and nature such as Tikal National Park, Laguna del Tigre National Park, Yaxha, Iximche, Copan, Coba, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Caracol, etc. where in addition to the birds you will find a great variety of mammals, reptiles and insects which complete and enrich each of the expeditions.

According to some of our clients’ feedback Guatemala Expeditions always exceed their expectations, the combination between birds, live culture and the Mayan Cities is a perfect match for the lovers of nature, birds and Mayan Archaeology. It is a privilege to be at the top of Temple II of Tikal where they can observe and photograph the Orange breasted falcon and watch the monkeys jumping from Temple 216 from the enigmatic Yaxha National Park.

Climb San Pedro Volcano located in Lake Atitlan where besides of inhabiting unique bird species as the Horned Guan it owns spectacular landscapes; hike through the cloud forest whose trails lead you to the feathered serpent of the Mayan Culture, the resplendent Quetzal, travel for lost rivers through the largest wetlands of Central America at Laguna del Tigre National Park where there is a big chance of an encounter with the local fauna. Finish the adventure at Tikal, an open laboratory with plenty of flora and fauna that shares its territory with majestic temples filled of history used as platforms for the beginners or the most avid bird watchers.

Without any doubt Archaeobirding is the perfect mix for bird lovers and Mayan Culture and the Mayan World the magical target to be discovered.

With more than 20 years in the market and the first-hand experience and deep knowledge of the destinations enable us to be the best choice to design a creative tailor-made Archaeobirding expedition within the Mayan World (Guatemala – Belize – Honduras – El Salvador & Mexico).

Day 1:     Arrival – Transfer to Antigua Guatemala
Day 2:     Finca El Pilar
Day 3:     Rincon Suizo – Tecpan Area – Santiago Atitlan
Day 4:     Lake Atitlan – San Pedro Volcano / Santiago Atitlan
Day 5:     Santiago Atitlan – Los Tarrales Nature Reserve
Day 6:     Los Tarrales Nature Reserve full day
Day 7:     Los Tarrales – Dry Scrub – Coban area
Day 8:     Quetzal Reserve / Flores
Day 9:     Flores – Las Guacamayas Biological Station
Day 10:   Las Guacamayas Biological Station
Day 11:    Tikal National Park
Day 12:   Tikal National Park full day
Day 14:   Yaxha National Park– Guatemala City
Day 14:   Back Home


NOTE: Our tours and birdwatching expeditions are a suggested birding ideas and can easily be customized to suite your travel dates, target, interest and budget.

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