Endemic Birds of the Guatemala Highlands
The endemic birds of Guatemala highlands: Is an expedition to discover some of Guatemala’s most important bird areas, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot species like the Resplendent Quetzal, Pink-headed Warbler, Azure–rumped Tanager, and the Horned Guan.
Join us as we discover them!
All Year Round
Guatemala City Airport
Guatemala City Airport
9 Days Birding Package
A birding tour through the highlands of Guatemala. See more than 200 species of birds during our stay.
Join us on an unforgettable journey through the Guatemalan highlands.
Visit some of the most beautiful spots in the country, including El Pilar in Antigua Guatemala, the Lake Atitlan region, Fuentes Georginas in Quetzaltenango, Los Tarrales Nature Reserve on the Pacific slope, and many other destinations.
This tour combines the best birdwatching destinations in Guatemala, including the best locations to appreciate endemic bird species.
Discover the birds of Guatemala
Day 1: Arrival – Antigua Guatemala
Meet & welcome at the Airport Terminal La Aurora (Guatemala City) and transfer to La Antigua Guatemala.
Overnight Antigua Guatemala
Day 2: El Pilar Farm – Antigua Guatemala
Morning bird watching at Finca El Pilar is based 10 minutes from Antigua. Coffee, Pinus, and oaks mainly consist of this reserve’s plant life, settling in an altitudinal range between 1,710 to 9,500 ft. Above sea level.
One of the significant points of interest in El Pilar farm is hummingbird feeders.
It is possible to find numerous hummingbird species in the area feeding themselves together, addressing a fantastic chance for birdwatchers.
Lunch break in the local restaurant in Antigua Guatemala.
14:00 hrs, you are going to start the exciting cultural excursion of Antigua, discovering beautiful churches, ruins, galleries, and museums that, joined with ancient stoned paths, keep the stories and tales of the colonial times that unquestionably please you.
Lodging in Antigua Guatemala.
Some of the species that you can spot at this destination are:
Rufous Sabrewing, Green-throated Mountain-Gem, Bushy-crested Jay, Hooded Grosbeak, Elegant Euphonia, Singing Quail, Golden-crowned Warbler, Bar-winged Oriole, among others.
Day 3: Antigua Guatemala – Quetzaltenango
6:00 am. Departure from Antigua Guatemala toward Tecpan area.
Breakfast in Tecpan.
Birdwatching 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 the migratory (winter) season, you will find Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Black-and-White, Red-faced Warblers together with the resident Slate-throated Redstart, Pink-headed, Crescent-chested, and Olive Warblers, as well as Hutton’s Vireo.
Midday transfer to Quetzaltenango.
Lodging in Quetzaltenango
Day 4: Fuentes Georginas – Los Tarrales Private 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 Pygmy-Owl.
After lunch, transfer to Los Tarrales Private Reserve and birdwatching around the lodge in the afternoon
Day 5: Los Tarrales Private Reserve
Time for coffee and transfer to Vesuvio area in the quest for Azure-rumped Tanager, Rufous Sabrewing, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Tody Motmot, Quails and doves among others other species of the highlands. Breakfast at the place (boxed breakfast).
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.
Day 6: Los Tarrales – Lake Atitlan
Time for coffee and transfer to La Rinconada area. It is possible to find species such as Long-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Hummingbird, and Rufous-naped Wren.
Midday transfer to Lake Atitlan and birdwatching around the lodge.
Day 7: Paquisis Volcano
Early morning boat ride toward San Pedro La Laguna where we will climb the Volcano in the quest of Horned Guan and other exciting species such as Prevost’s Ground-sparrow, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Slender Sheartail, Rufous Sabrewing.
Also the Violet Sabrewing, Bushy-crested Jay, Olive-sided Towhee, Chestnut-sided Shrike-vireo, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Mountain Trogon, Bar-winged Oriole and Ocellated Quail among others.
Lunch will be served on the route (boxed lunch)
Day 8: Lake Atitlan – Guatemala City
Morning birdwatching around the Lake and El Rey Tepepul Park and afternoon transfer to Guatemala City.
1 night of lodging in Guatemala City
Day 9: Back Home
Breakfast and transfer to the airport in time to catch your international flight back home