Guatemala Birding & Nature Holiday
12 Days / 11 Nights

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

Highlights

  • Highlights: Antigua Guatemala – Finca El Pilar – Los Tarrales – Lake Atitlan – Tikal National Park – Pacaya Volcano – Las Guacamayas Biological Station
  • 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
  • Physical demand: Trip may include activities like walks, flight – hikes and boat rides
  • Group size: Minimum 2
  • Pick up / Drop off locations: La Aurora International Airport

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Trip Map

Resume

  • Day 1: Arrival – Antigua Guatemala
  • Day 2: El Pilar Farm Birds, Butterflies & Pacaya Volcano
  • Day 3: Antigua Guatemala to Dry Scrub Forest
  • Day 4: Heloderma Reserve – La Aurora International Airport – Flores Peten
  • Day 5: Las Guacamayas Biological Station
  • Day 6: Las Guacamayas Biological Station
  • Day 7: Las Guacamayas Biological Station – Tikal Nationa Park
  • Day 8: Tikal National Park
  • Day 9: Tikal – Guatemala City – Lake Atitlan
  • Day 10: Lake Atitlan – Los Tarrales
  • Day 11: Los Tarrales – Guatemala City
  • Day 12: Transfer To La Aurora International Airport

Guatemala Birding & Nature Holiday

Day 1

Arrival – 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 & Pacaya Volcano

Early transfer to San Cristobal el Alto for birding and breakfast with a fantastic view to the Fuego, Agua and Acatenango volcanoes, after breakfast transfer to El Pilar farm for an encounter with butterflies, the hummingbirds of Guatemala and another neotropical bird species.
After el pilar Birding and nature tour transfer to La Antigua Guatemala for lunch, then you will be transported to the entrance of the active Pacaya volcano to start hiking ( Horseback riding available) to enjoy the natural phenomena that the Pacaya volcano provide.
After this fantastic adventure, you will return to your lodge in Antigua Guatemala

Day 3

Antigua Guatemala to Dry Scrub Forest

After breakfast, you will board a vehicle towards the dry scrub forest of Guatemala on the route you will discover the obsidian deposits used during the Mayan times, you will arrive at the lodge for check-in and lunch, after a short break a visit to the dry scrub forest to spot some birds and the cacti of this biome.
Lodging at the dry scrub forest

Day 4

Heloderma Reserve – La Aurora International Airport – Flores Peten

Early transfer towards the reserve for the conservation of the Heloderma. The sanctuary inhabits 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 Guatemalan beaded lizard (Heloderma horridum charlesbogerti), the Motagua Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura palearis). Also, seven types of bats, 160 arthropods including the endemic scorpions (Centruroides fallasisimus and Diplocentrus motagua), the striped tiger-like tarantula met (Davus sp.).After the tour you will be transferred to La Aurora International Aiport the take a flight to the Maya lowlands, after 45 minutes you will land at Mundo Maya International Airport, you will continue to your hotel.
Lodging in the Flores area.

Day 5

Las Guacamayas Biological Station

After breakfast, we will head to Las Guacamayas station, located inside of the most extensive wetlands in Central America, on 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. After check-in, we have a short hike ending at Las Guacamayas lookout with fantastic views to enjoy the sunset
Night hike to see wildlife
Lodging at Las Guacamayas Station.

Day 6

Las Guacamayas Biological Station

Early wake up to discover the birds and wildlife around the station, then breakfast.
After breakfast, you will board the boat for a short ride before to start a jungle hike to discover the natural world around the most significant wetlands of central America.
Return for lunch
After lunch a boat ride around the San Pedro river and Sacluc stream on the quest of more wildlife including the colorful Agami Heron.
Before dinner, you will enjoy a nocturnal aquatic boat ride around the San Pedro River and the streams
Lodging at Las Guacamayas Station.

Day 7

Las Guacamayas Biological Station – Tikal Nationa Park

After breakfast, you will board a boat towards Paso Caballos and then by car to Tikal National Park; lunch on the route.
At your arrival time for check-in and then, you will start a hike inside of this natural paradise to enjoy a wildlife exploration and a sunset from the top of one of the Mayan temples.
Return to the lodge for dinner and rest
Lodging at Tikal national park

Day 8

Tikal National Park

Early birding and nature tour, here we have an excellent opportunity to discover the birds that inhabit Tikal as well as Howler & 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.
Return to the camping area for lunch and a short break; then you will have time for a nature walk during the afternoon.
Dinner and lodging in Tikal.

Day 9

Tikal – Guatemala City – Lake Atitlan

Early transfer to Mundo Maya International Airport to take a flight back to Guatemala city.
At your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel at Lake Atitlan then a cultural tour visiting colorful villages around the lake, this is an excellent opportunity to discover the Maya Culture.
Dinner and Lodging at Lake Atitlan

Day 10

Lake Atitlan – Los Tarrales

Early morning boat trip towards San Pedro La Laguna the place to 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, Chestnut-sided Shrike-vireo, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Mountain Trogon, Bar-winged Oriole and Ocellated Quail among others.
Afternoon transfer to Tarrales, check-in, and time for a hike inside the reserve.
Lodging at Los Tarrales

Day 11

Los Tarrales – Guatemala City

A nature tour inside Los Tarrales, This excellent bird watching location inhabits resident species, for example, Azure-rumped Tanager, White-bellied Chachalaca, Yellow-naped Parrot, 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.
Late transfer to Guatemala City
Accommodation in Guatemala City

Day 12

Transfer To La Aurora International Airport

Transfer to La Aurora International Airpot

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