Wildlife and Nature Tours Guatemala

Wildlife & Nature Tours Guatemala

Our wildlife & Nature Tours in Guatemala are led by local specialists that have historical and cultural knowledge of the past and present of the country. They are avid birdwatchers with a proven experience guiding nature & wildlife adventures and also are passionate about showing the history of their country.

Professional scientific and field training have optimized the understanding of the natural world that surrounds them, they have polished his abilities as nature and wildlife guides, offering the best services in Guatemala.

Guatemala is considered a megadiverse country, characteristic that shares with 29 states due to a series of geological, environmental and geographic own factors.

As to flora, it is referred to, the country counts with 7.754 species. This constitutes 46 % of all existing  plants in Central America and the 40 % of the total of endemic species of Mesoamerica.

The biogeográfic interoceanic position, the existence of 10 physiographic regions, the different reliefs, an ample altitudinal status that goes from the 0 to 4.211 meters above sea level, and characteristics like temperature, humidity, and precipitation, give as a result of a great variety of regions.

10 physiographic regions, 7 biomes, 14 ecoregions, 66 ecosystems and 14 zones of life according to the Holdridge system.

Results indicate that there are in Guatemala 192 species of native mammals, 743 species of birds, and Guatemala has the most significant diversity of Amphibians Plethodontidae (salamander without lungs) in the world (41 species, 19 endemics.)

Guatemala Wildlife & Nature Expedition

This adventure expedition will take you through the main wildlife destinations in Guatemala, visiting ecoregions ranging from cloud forests, subtropical and tropical rainforests, mangroves, wetlands, and to dry and oak-pine forests that inhabit a significant variety of wildlife species.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival & Transfer to La Antigua Guatemala

Meet & greet at la Aurora Internationa Airport by Birding Expeditions staff and transfer to the colonial city of La Antigua Guatemala.

Day 2 - El Pilar Farm Birds & Butterflies Tour

Early Coffee break then we will board our transport towards San Cristobal El Alto to start our birding and butterflies tour. About 9:00 am, we will have a break for breakfast, a visit to orchids collection and landscape enjoyment.

After breakfast, we continue towards El Pilar Farm to visit a natural paradise where is possible to spot some birds and butterflies, including hummingbirds such as Rufous Sabrewing, Rivoli’s Hummingbird, Green-throated Mountain-Gem, Azure Crowned hummingbird, Violet hummingbird, Berylline Hummingbird, and White-Eared Hummingbird among others.

After the visit return to the center of La Antigua Guatemala for Lunch, after lunch, we will have time for a cultural experience, discovering the secrets of the colonial jewel and its history.

Lodging at la Antigua Guatemala.

Day 3 - Tecpan Birding and Nature tour – Continue to Huehuetenango

Early transfer towards Tecpan area to visit the pine-oak forest reserve that inhabits the beautiful pink- head Warbler and other birds. At our arrival we will enjoy a local breakfast then we will be ready to discover the natural world of this destination.

After our experience at Tecpan, we will continue towards Huehuetenango, starting at 2000, masl approximately and arriving at an altitude of 3600 masl.

We will enjoy lunch on the route; then we continue to our destinations nearby Todos Santos Reserve with an excellent opportunity for landscape, birds and nature observation.

Lodging at Unicornio Azul

Day 4 - Todos Santos Reserve - Quetzaltenango

Early breakfast then we will head to Todos Santos Reserve, the habitat of the endemic Goldman’s Warbler. Here we will have the opportunity to discover a unique natural world.

Todos Santos is a location that has an exceptional scenery in Guatemala, which blends sub-alpine meadows, rocky parts, and slow-growing vegetation due to climate conditions and elevation (3,850 meters). It is on the list of geologically older areas and features the highest mountain formations of Central America.

This is on the list of areas with the most significant biological diversity and endemism in the country, in which numerous in danger species of flora and wildlife can be observed like Guatemalan Fir (Abies guatemalensis), Hartweg’s Pine (Pinus hartwegii), Huitum (Juniperus standleyii), Maya Mouse (Peromyscus mayensis) Cuchumatanes Salamander (Dendrotriton chujorum), among others.

Bird types associated with this spot are Goldman’s Warbler, that will be the first endemic species of Guatemala, Black-capped Siskin, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Common Raven and Savannah Sparrow.

After this visit, we will head toward the city of Quetzaltenango

Lodging At Quetzaltenango.

Day 5 - Fuentes Georginas – Volcan Zunil

Coffee break and transfer toward the slopes of Volcan Zunil, in the quest of the endemic Horned Guan, Guatemalan Pygmy Owl, Black-throated Jay, Garnet-throated Hummingbird, and Amethyst-throated Hummingbirds among others.

This destination also offers the opportunity to observe some butterflies, insects, lizards, and bromeliads.

After the tour, we will head towards Los Tarrales Reserve.

Lodging At Los Tarrales Reserve.

Day 6 - Los Tarrales Reserve

Los Tarrales is situated south-east of Atitlan Volcano and inhabits the localized endemic Azure-rumped Tanager; here you can find various kinds of forests because of the altitudinal range between 2297 to 8200 ft. Above sea level.

This excellent bird watching location inhabits resident species, for example, White-bellied Chachalaca, Long-tailed Manakin, Yellow-naped Parrot, Cinnamon Hummingbird, and Rufous-naped Wren.

Also, you can find possible to find out species including Tody Motmot, Rufous-breasted Spinetail, Prevost’s Ground-Sparrow, White-eared Ground-Sparrow, White-faced Quail-Dove, Ruddy Quail-Dove, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, as well as others.

Los Tarrales Reserve is an essential spot for conservation, and it has promoted bird monitoring and forest preservation of the location.

Lodging at Los tarrales

Day 7 - Los Tarrales – Lake Atitlan

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 - Lake Atitlan – Monterrico

Early morning boat trip towards San Pedro La Laguna the place we get a pickup truck which will bring you into the access of Paquisis volcano.

Here we are going to start our hike for the search of Horned Guan and various exciting bird 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 among others.

Meals can supply along the way (boxed breakfast).

Return to the lodge for lunch break, evening birding boat trip in Lake Atitlan

Day 9 - Atitlan – Monterrico

Morning transport to El Rey Tepepul Reserve, this is a birdwatching location situated just fifteen minutes from your lodge where is possible to find species such as our National Bird, The Resplendent Quetzal, Emerald Toucanets, Azure-rumped Tanager, Elegant Euphonia, Rusty Sparrow, green throated mountain gem hummingbird among others.

Go back to the hotel to check out and transfers towards Monterico, Lunch on route

Placed not far from the El Salvador border this protected area was recognized in 1977 to encourage the preservation of the estuaries and mangroves ecosystems.

On its seashores, you will find sea turtle hatchery sites; within the reserve, you can enroll in programs centered on the conservation of sea turtles, iguanas, and crocodiles.

Evening walk for wildlife observation

Lodging at Monterrico

Day 10 - Monterrico - Bosque Seco

After a coffee break, we will take a boat trip a to enjoy a birding morning adventure through the estuaries, mangroves and dry forest.

Yellow-winged Cacique, Mangrove Vireo, Mangrove Warbler, Rufous-naped Wren, Gartered Trogon, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Boat-billed Heron, Bare-throated Tiger Heron, White-throated Magpie-Jay, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Sungrebe, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Stripe-headed Sparrow, American Pygmy-Kingfisher, Orange-fronted Parakeet, Pacific Screech-Owl, and Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl among others.

After a birding and nature tour, we will head towards Guatemala’s Dry Scrub Forest, lunch on route,

Lodging at El Rancho

Day 11 - Dry Scrub Forest - Biotope

After the early coffee break, we will head towards the reserve for the conservation of the Heloderma, located in the municipality of Cabañas, in the department of Zacapa. The reserve has 58 hectares of the best preserved Dry Scrub Forest, situated at an altitude that goes from 500 to 700 meters above sea level.

The flora counts with over 125 documented species, including trees of 25 meters of height and an essential variety of Cactaceae, the undergrowth covered of terrestrial bromeliad, Hechti guatemalensis.

Here you can find 90 sorts of daytime butterflies, and 22 sorts of grain moths, 100 species of birds, ten types of amphibians including the endemic species of the Salamander (Oedipina motaguae) and the creek frog constitute (Claugastor inachus).

Within the 42 sorts of Reptiles documented standing out the Scorpion lizard (Heloderma charlesbogerti), the iguana Shero (Ctenosaura palearis), the rattlesnake (Crotalus simus) and the turtle Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima). Also, seven sorts of bats, 160 arthropods including the endemic scorpions (Centruroides fallasisimus and Diplocentrus motagua), the striped tiger-like tarantula met (Davus sp.).

After the expedition to the Heloderma reserve, we will continue towards the Biological corridor of The Resplendent Quetzal.Here we will have a visit to the biotope and the lodge gardens in the quest of birds, some orchids, and the fantastic cloud forest.

Lodging at the Biotope Area

Day 12 - Biotope - Guatemala airport – Flores – Tikal

Early birding tour around the biotope and Los Ranchitos del Quetzal in the quest of the national bird the Resplendent Quetzal, and other bird species as well orchids and local flora.

Breakfast on site then we return to the lodge for check out and transfer to La Aurora International Airport to catch a short flight to Mundo Maya international airport in the Peten area.

At our arrival, we will meet Birding Expeditions’ team that will transfer directly to Tikal national park

Lodging at Tikal national park

Day 13 - Tikal National Park

Early birding and nature tour, here we have an excellent opportunity to discover the birds that inhabit Tikal as well Hauler & Spider monkeys, butterflies, and fantastic insects.

Breakfast at the lodge, then we continue our wildlife expedition in and around the archaeological site with a Maya history explanation and opportunity to climb some temples that are over the tropical rainforest.

Return for lunch at the restaurant area then we will enjoy a sunset tour with a high opportunity for wildlife observation after sunset.

Return to the lodge for dinner

Lodging at Tikal national park

Day 14 - Tikal – Las Guacamayas Station

Early wildlife and nature tour inside the park, visiting secluded areas where is possible to discover the natural side of Tikal, photography opportunities are fantastic here.

After breakfast, we will head to Las Guacamayas station, located inside of the most extensive wetlands in Central America, at the banks of San Pedro River in the heart of the Mayan Biosphere. During the transfer, we will have breaks for wildlife observation.

Arriving at Paso Caballos village, we will get a boat ride for about 45 minutes, wildlife observation on the route.

Arriving at the station, we will have a check-in time; then we will have a short hike ending at Las Guacamayas lookout with fantastic views to enjoy the sunset.

Return to the lodge for short resting; then we will have a boat ride in the quest of nocturnal creatures this is a fantastic tour in the heart of the Mayan Biosphere, after the trip, we return for dinner and resting.

Lodging at Las Guacamayas Station.

Day 15 - Las Guacamayas Station

Early hike around the lodge then time for breakfast.
After breakfast, we will board our boat that will take us to the entrance of El Peru trail, where we will start a hike under the rainforest ton enjoy this fantastic natural paradise with a significant possibility of wildlife observation.

After the hike, we return to the river bank to get a boat ride around the San Pedro River and Sacluc stream for a wildlife and nature observation

Return to the lodge for lunch, rest and continue with a rainforest exploration.

Dinner and lodging at las Guacamayas Station

Day 16 - Las Guacamayas Station – Flores – Guatemala city

Earley breakfast and check out, we will take a boat and land transportation to Flores Island for lunch the transfer to Mundo Maya international airport to take a flight back to Guatemala City

Lodging in Guatemala city

Day 17 - Back home

Transfer to La Aurora International airport to take a flight back home

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