Endemics – Guatemala - Birdwatching Tour

Endemics – Guatemala Birdwatching Tour

This tour is a mixture of the best birdwatching destinations in Guatemala including the best locations to appreciate endemic bird species.

We will visit Guatemala’s center highlands (Mountain Forest), the pacific coast (Subtropical Humid Forest), the Biological Corridor of Resplendent Quetzal (cloud forest), las Verapaces and Peten (Tropical Rainforest) in the Guatemala’s lowlands.

Overview

  • Highlights: Antigua Guatemala – Tecpan – Finca El Pilar – Los Cuchumatanes – Quetzaltenango – Los Tarrales – Lake Atitlan – El Rancho – Biotopo del Quetzal
  • Activities: Bird watching – Archaeology – Nature and Wildlife
  • Difficulty: Moderate-High
  • Holiday Type: Tailor-made
  • You will visit: Guatemala
  • Trip Style: Independent birders – Couples – Small Groups
  • Comfort level: Standard – Luxury
  • Transportation: Minibus – Boat – SUV – Flight
  • Length: 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • Physical demand: Trip may include activities like walks, hikes and boat rides
  • Group size: Minimum 1
  • Pick up / Drop off locations: La Aurora International Airport

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival – Antigua

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 based 10 minutes from Antigua. Coffee, Pinus, and oaks mostly consist of the plant life within this reserve, settle 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 around hummingbird’s feeders where it is possible to find numerous hummingbird’s species that reside the area feeding oneself 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 aged stoned paths keep the stories and tales of the colonial times that unquestionably please you.

Lodging in Antigua Guatemala.

Some of the birds 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 – Tecpan – Todos Santos Cuchumatanes

6:00 am. Take a trip from Antigua Guatemala towards Tecpan Birding spot

Breakfast in Tecpan

Bird watching trip in Tecpan Reserve where you will discover exotic endemic species of the Northern Central American highlands like Pink-headed Warbler, Blue-throated Motmot, and Rufous-browed Wren.

During migratory (wintertime) time you will find Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Black-and-White, and Red-faced Warblers and also the resident Slate-throated Redstart, Pink-headed, Crescent-chested, and Olive Warblers, and also Hutton’s Vireo.

Midday transportation to The Cuchumatanes region

Lodging in Chiabal area

Day 4 - Chiabal Park

Morning transfer to Todos Santos Park in the quest of Goldman’s Warbler, this species is going to be our first endemic species and is found in a compact region in Huehuetenango as well as simple to spot within this park

Midday transport to Quetzaltenango and birdwatching in the evening at Fuentes Georginas

Accommodations at Hotel Las Cumbres.

Some of the birds that you can spot at this destination are:

Goldman’s Warbler, Yellow-eyed Junco, Ocellated Quail, Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl, Spotted Towhee, Black-capped Siskin, Ocellated Quail, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Pink-headed Warbler, Olive Warbler, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, among others.

Day 5 - Fuentes Georginas

Early birdwatching excursion in the quest of exotic endemics such as the Horned Guan, Guatemalan Pygmy Owl, Pink Headed Warbler, Black Capped siskin, Black Throated jay, Amethyst Throated and Gartner Throated Hummingbirds, among others.

Return to the lodge for resting

Accommodation at Las Cumbres

Day 6 - Fuentes Georginas – Los Tarrales Reserve

Time for coffee and ready to visit Fuentes Georginas for a birding tour, with a high possibility to spot Horned Guan, Fulvous Owl, Mexican Whip – Poor – Will, and Unicolored Jay, among others.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and check out

Transfer to Los Tarrales.

Check in at our arrival and time for lunch, after a short break; we will be ready for a birding experience around the lodge.

Accommodation at Los Tarrales.

Day 7 - Los Tarrales Reserve

Time for coffee and transport La Isla birding spot in search of Azure-rumped Tanager, Rufous Sabrewing, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Tody Motmot, Quails and doves among other species of the highlands. Morning meal at the location (boxed breakfast).

Return to the lodge for Lunch and resting.

Evening birding tour through San Pedro Trail, this location provides exceptional chance to find out species like White-bellied Chachalaca, Yellow-naped Parrot, and Rufous-breasted Spinetail among others.

Accommodation at Los Tarrales Reserves Tarrales

Day 8 - Los Tarrales – Santiago Atitlan

Time for coffee and transport to La Rinconada birding spot where is possible to find species such as Long-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Rufous-naped Wren among other.

Return to the lodge for breakfast time and check out.

Transfer from Los Tarrales Reserve to Lake Atitlan with birding possibilities on the route and around the lodge at Santiago Atitlan

Lodging at Santiago Atitlan

Day 9 - Paquisis Volcano

Morning boat trip in the direction of San Pedro La Laguna where we get a pickup truck that will carry you towards the entry of Paquisis volcano.

Here we will begin our hike for the search of Horned Guan and also other exciting 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.

Food may be provided in route (boxed breakfast).

Get back to the lodge for lunch, afternoon birding boat trip in Lake Atitlan

Day 10 - Rey Tepepul Park – El Rancho

Early morning transfer to El Rey Tepepul Park, a birding spot located just 15 minutes from our lodge where is possible to find species such as our Nationa Bird, The Resplendent Quetzal, Emerald Toucanets, Azure-rumped Tanager, Elegant Euphonia, Rusty Sparrow, green throated mountain gem hummingbird among others.

Return to the lodge for check out and transfers towards the Dry scrub forest of Guatemala

Lodging at El Rancho

Day 11 - Biotopo del Quetzal – Guatemala

Morning birding.

Afternoon transfer to Guatemala City

Some of the birds that you can spot at this destination are:

Resplendent Quetzal, Highland Guan, Unicolored Jay, White-faced Quail-Dove, Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Northern Emerald-Toucanet, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, among others.

Day 12 - Back Home

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

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