Endemics - Guatemala
The goal of this amazing birding tour is to register the rarest, regional endemic and unique species at the highlands of Guatemala such as Pink- headed Warbler, Horned Guan and the fantastic Azure-rumped Tanager at the center highlands and pacific coast respectively.
- Day 1: Arrival – Antigua
- Day 2: El Pilar Farm / Antigua Guatemala
- Day 3: Antigua – Tecpan – Todos Santos Cuchumatanes
- Day 4: Chiabal Park
- Day 5: Todos Santos – Quetzaltenango
- Day 6: Fuentes Georginas – Los Tarrales Private Reserve
- Day 7: Los Tarrales
- Day 8: Los Tarrales – Santiago Atitlan
- Day 9: San Pedro Volcano
- Day 10: Rey Tepepul Park – El Rancho
- Day 11: Dry Scrub Forest – Biotopo del Quetzal
- Day 12: Biotopo del Quetzal –Guatemala
- Day 13: Back Home
Finca El Pilar is a small paradise located in the mountain forest of Guatemala and just 10 minutes away from the center of La Antigua Guatemala.
It has an infrastructure of trails for bird watching, which spread through the organic plantations of coffee, mountain forest, and cloud forest as well.
The vegetation of this reserve is mainly constituted by coffee, pine, and oaks, settle at an altitudinal range from 1,710 to 9,500 feet above sea level.
One of the main attractions in El Pilar farm is in the zone of hummingbird’s feeders where it is possible to spot a wide variety of hummingbird’s species that inhabit the area feeding oneself at the same time which represents a great opportunity for birdwatchers.
Some Species that inhabit El Pilar Farm are Rufous Sabrewing, Violet Sabrewing, Magnificent Hummingbird, White-eared Hummingbird, Blue-tailed Hummingbird, Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Blue-throated Motmot, Emerald Toucanet, Bushy-crested Jay, Black-capped Swallow, Gray Silky-flycatcher, Hooded Grosbeak, Rufous-collared Robin, Rufous-collared Sparrow.
Tecpan – Rincon Suizo
This tour begins visiting Tecpan area that it’s located in the center highlands of Guatemala in Tecpan valley with an Altitude of 2,286 MASL. After 1 hour of travel from Antigua Guatemala, we will arrive at this pine-oak forest and effortless birdwatching destination where you can watch many endemics species of the north Central American highlands like Pink-headed Warbler, Blue-throated Motmot, and Rufous-browed Wren.
During the 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.
The flocks are often accompanied by Spot-crowned, and sometimes by Spotted Woodcreepers, and also Brown Creepers. With some good luck, you may see a Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo within the flock. Bushtit dwells through the forest in large flocks of sometimes more than 30 birds.
San Pedro Volcano National Park (High Effort Tour)
Atitlan is the home of the sixth rarest and beautiful bird that is endemic to the cloud forests of this region.
The Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus) is a Pleistocene relic of the Cracidae family that persists today only in small fragments of its previous range.
Its habitat is limited to cloud forests above approximately 1650 meters. This bird is the size of a turkey and the adult male has a one-inch scarlet-colored “horn” projecting straight up from the top of its head.
In this amazing destination, you can find species such as Horned Guan, Crested Guan, Highland guan, Emerald Toucanet, Blue-throated Motmot, Belted Flycatcher, Blue and white Mockingbird, Black-capped Swallow, Bushy-crested Jay, between others.
Los Tarrales Private Nature Reserve
Los Tarrales is located southeast of Atitlan Volcano and inhabits the regional endemic Azure-rumped Tanager; here you will find different types of forests due to the altitudinal range from 2297 to 8200 feet above sea level.
This fantastic birding destination inhabits resident species such as White-bellied Chachalaca, Long-tailed Manakin, Yellow-naped Parrot, Cinnamon Hummingbird, and Rufous-naped Wren. Also, there is possible to find out species such as Tody Motmot, Rufous-breasted Spinetail, Prevost’s Ground-Sparrow, White-eared Ground-Sparrow, White-faced Quail-Dove, Ruddy Quail-Dove, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, among others.
Los Tarrales Private Nature Reserve is an important place for conservation and has promoted bird monitoring and forest preservation of the area.
Fuentes Georginas is a very humid sub-tropical forest, in addition to being a great birding destination is a hot spring with developed pools. Here we hope to spot Wine-throated and Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Cinnamon-bellied flower piercing and Ruddy-capped nightingale-thrush, Pink – headed Warbler and occasionally the rarest Horned guan among others.
This protected area was established in 1976 with the main objective to protect the Guatemala’s national bird the resplendent Quetzal and the cloud forest habitat.
Some of the species that inhabit this biotope are: Highland Guan, Magnificent Hummingbird, Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Resplendent Quetzal, Bushy- crested Jay, Hooded Jay, Black – throated Jay, Black Robin, and Chestnut – headed Oropendola.
Located in the buffer zone of the Quetzal Biotope this destination proposes an effortless opportunity to observe the resplendent quetzal and another species such as Highland Guan, Violet Sabrewing, Bushy – crested Jay, Black Robin, and Chestnut – headed Oropendola among others.
The reserve promotes the conservation of the Quetzal’s habitat and is also a member of the Cloud Forest Biological Corridor Association.