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Mountains & Rain forest

Mountains & Rain forest

Summary:

Guatemala Birding tour to register the must see species in the highlands of Guatemala such as Pink- headed Warbler, Horned Guan and Tangara Cabanisi, among others

 

Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to Antigua Guatemala
  • Day 2: Finca El Pilar & Cultural Walking tour
  • Day 3: Tecpan / Todos Santos Cuchumatanes
  • Day 4: Todos Santos / Quetzaltenango
  • Day 5: Fuentes Georginas / Los Tarrales Private Reserve
  • Day 6: Los Tarrales
  • Day 7: Los Tarrales / Santiago Atitlan
  • Day 8: Atitlan Lake / San Pedro Volcano / Lake Atitlan
  • Day 9: Santiago Atitlan / El Rancho
  • Day 10: Dry Scrub / El Quetzal Biotope
  • Day 11: El Quetzal Biotope / Guatemala City
  • Day 12: Back Home

Extension to the Lowlands

    • Day 11: Afternoon flight to Flores / Flores Island
    • Day 12: Flores / Las Guacamayas Biological Station
    • Day 13: El Peru / Las Guacamayas Biological Station
    • Day 14: Las Guacamayas / Tikal National Park
    • Day 15: Tikal full day
    • Day 16: Tikal half day / flight to Guatemala City
    • Day 17: Back Home

Daily Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival (Unguided)

Meals: None

Meet & greet at the International Airport La Aurora (Guatemala) and transportation to Antigua Guatemala

2 nights of Lodging in Antigua Guatemala

Day 2: Finca El Pilar / Antigua

Meals: Breakfast and lunch (without drinks)

Morning transfer to Finca El Pilar for a good birdwatching

Lunch in a local restaurant in Antigua

14:00 hrs, you will start the thrilling cultural tour of Antigua visiting the magnificent churches, ruins and museums that combined with the old cobbled streets keep the stories and legends of those colonial times that undoubtedly you will enjoy and which will make your morning unforgettable. We will be visiting the most important areas of Antigua like La Merced Church, Central Park, the Santa Catalina Martir famous Arch of the 5th Avenue, and much more.

Day 3: Tecpan / Todos Santos Cuchumatanes

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

6:00 am. Departure from Antigua Guatemala toward Tecpan area

Breakfast in Tecpan

Bird watching tour In Tecpan Reserve where 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 Todos Santos Cuchumatanes, there will be few birding spots along the way

1 night of lodging at Unicornio Azul

Day 4: Todos Santos Cuchumatanes / Quetzaltenango

Meals: American breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

Morning transfer to Todos Santos National Park in the quest of Goldman’s Warbler, this specie will be our first endemic specie and is located in small area in Huehuetenango and easy to spot in this park

Midday transfer to Quetzaltenango and birdwatching in the afternoon at Los Vados area

1 night of lodging at Hotel Las Cumbres

Day 5: Fuentes Georginas / Los Tarrales Private Reserve

Meals: American breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

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 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 birdwatching around the lodge in the afternoon

2 nights of lodging at Los Tarrales Private Reserve

Day 6: Los Tarrales Reserve

Meals: American breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

Time for Coffee and 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. Breakfast at the place (boxed breakfast).

Lunch

Afternoon birding tour around La Laguneta, this area offers 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 7: Los Tarrales / Lake Atitlan

Meals: American breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

Time for coffee and transfer to La Rinconada area where is possible to find species such as Long-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Rufous-naped Wren among other.  Breakfast at the place (boxed breakfast).

Midday transfer to Lake Atitlan and afternoon birdwatching around the lodge,

2 nights of lodging at Santiago Atitlan.

Day 8: Volcan San Pedro / Tarrales

Note: this tour requires high effort

Meals: American breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

Early boat ride toward San Pedro La Laguna where we will climb San Pedro 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 among others.

Lunch will be served on route (boxed lunch).

Day 9: Lake Atitlan / El Rancho  

Meals: American breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

Morning birdwatching around the Lake and El Rey Tepepul Park

Midday transfer to El Rancho

Afternoon birdwatching in the dry scrub forest

1 night of lodging at Hotel Camino Largo.

Day 10: Dry Scrub Forest / El Quetzal Biotope

Meals: American breakfast, andlunch (without drinks)

Morning birdwatching at National Park Lo de China (Caparral or Thorn Dry Scrub Biome)

This natural reserve is located in the municipality of El Jícaro in El Progreso and protects a very fragile and threatened biome of the country.

Located in the central valleys of Guatemala, between 700 and 1000 meters above the sea level, with an average of 600 mm of annual rainfall; It is characterized by the abundance of cactus and thorn plants.

Some birds associated with this ecosystem are: Lesser Roadruner, Rosset-crowned Motmot, White-lored Gnatcatcher, Streak-backed Oriole, Lesseer Ground-Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Stripe-headed Sparrow, Streak-Backed Oriole, Ash-throated Fly-catcher, Altamira Oriole and Turquoise-browed Motmot.

Midday transfer to El Quetzal Biotope for birdwatching in the afternoon,

1 night of lodging at Posada Montaña del Quetzal.

Day 11:          Biotopo del Quetzal / Guatemala City

Meals: American breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

Morning birdwatching at Ranchitos del Quetzal and try to spot the Quetzal and other interesting species,

After lunch transfer to Guatemala City,

1 night of lodging in Guatemala City

Day 12: Back Home (Unguided)

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

End of our services!!!

 

EXTENSION TO THE LOWLANDS

Day 11:          Flight to Flores

17:15 hrs, flight to Flores,

18:00 hrs, meet & greet in Flores and transfer to Flores Island

1 night of lodging in Flores

Day 12: Las Guacamayas Biological Station

Meals: American breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

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’s 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…

7:00 am. Leave from Flores to Paso Caballos for a trip of approximately 3 hrs. The whole road proposes great birding opportunity where we can watch some birds in open areas, secondary forest and ponds, such as Flycatchers, Hawks, Herons and Kingfishers among other.

Arrival to the community of Paso Caballos, here we will board a boat that will carry us through the San Pedro River towards Las Guacamayas Biological Station (aprox.20 minutes). Birding on route, here we can find out species such as Herons, Kingfishers, Limpkin, Parrots, Grey-necked Wood-rail, Northern Jacana and many more.

At your 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 and at 3:00 pm. birding tour around the base station ending at Las Guacamayas lookout,

2 nights of lodging at Las Guacamayas Lodge.

Day 13: El Peru Archaeological Site

Meals: American breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

5:00 am. Time for a coffee (breakfast on route) We will 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 and we can find interesting species such as Ocellated Turkey; Bat Falcon; Scarlet Macaw; Black-and-White Owl; Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Lovely Cotinga, Rose-throated Tanager; Green-Backed Sparrow, among others

Note: You can spot Scarlet Macaws from February to May

Nighttime aquatic excursion: Explores the stream Sacluc, our experienced guide accompanies us for the nighttime aquatic tour. With the support of a flashlight, our guide illuminates the nighttime creatures that live here, including the crocodile petenero (Crocodylus moreletii), bats, birds and more.

Day 14: Las Guacamayas / Tikal National Park

Meals: American breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

Morning birdwatching in San Pedro River

After breakfast transfer to Tikal National Park, On route you will stop in Flores to have lunch.  Quick stop at El Remate to do some birding

Sunset tour in Tikal National Park

2 nights of lodging in Tikal National park

Day 15: Tikal National Park

Meals: American breakfast, lunch and dinner (without drinks)

Early birdwatching Tour within 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 birdwatching 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.

Midday archaeological tour.

Day 16: Tikal National Park

Meals: American breakfast and lunch (without drinks)

Tikal second day Birding and Archaeology tour

Afternoon transfer to the airport,

18:30 hrs, local flight from Flores to Guatemala City

19:30 Hrs, meet & greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel,

1 night of lodging in Guatemala City

Day 17: Back Home (Unguided)

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