Guatemala Highlands & Tikal Birding Tour
9 Days / 8 Nights

This amazing birding tour in Guatemala, will take you through the main destinations in the highlands. Then we will take a short flight to the Maya lowlands of Guatemala to enjoy the magic, mysticism and natural world of Tikal National park.

Highlights

  • Highlights: Antigua Guatemala – Tecpan – Finca El Pilar – Los Tarrales – Lake Atitlan – Tikal National Park
  • 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, hikes and boat rides
  • Group size: Minimum 2
  • Pick up / Drop off locations: La Aurora International Airport

Trip Map

Resume

  • Day 1: Arrival – Antigua Guatemala
  • Day 2: El Pilar Farm – Antigua Guatemala
  • Day 3: Antigua Guatemala – Tecpan – Lake Atitlan
  • Day 4: Lake Atitlan – Paquisis – Los Tarrales Private Reserve
  • Day 5: Los Tarrales Private Reserve
  • Day 6: Los Tarrales – Flight to Flores – Tikal National Park
  • Day 7: Tikal National Park
  • Day 8: Tikal National Park – Flight to Guatemala City
  • Day 9: Back Home

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Guatemala Highlands & Tikal Birding Tour Itinerary

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 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 Guatemala – Tecpan – Lake Atitlan

6:00 am. Travel from Antigua Guatemala towards Tecpan region.
Morning meal in Tecpan
Birding tour in Tecpan Reserve in which you will find exotic endemic species of the Northern Central American highlands like Pink-headed Warbler, Blue-throated Motmot, and Rufous-browed Wren.

Throughout migratory (winter season) period you can find Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Black-and-White, and Red-faced Warblers along with the resident Slate-throated Redstart, Pink-headed, Crescent-chested, and Olive Warblers, and also Hutton’s Vireo.
Noon transport to Lake Atitlan.
Accommodations in Lake Atitlan

Day 4

Lake Atitlan – Paquisis – Los Tarrales Private Reserve

Morning boat trip towards San Pedro La Laguna where we take a pick up truck that will take you to the entrance of Paquisis volcano.
Here we are going to start our hike for the quest of Horned Guan as well as other fascinating 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.

A meal might be offered on the way (boxed lunch).
Return to ht lodge for check out, transfer to Los Tarrales Reserve and birding within the lodge in the afternoon.
Accommodation at Los Tarrales Reserve

Day 5

Los Tarrales Private Reserve

Time for Coffee and transfer La Isla 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).

Afternoon birding tour around La Laguneta, this area offers excellent opportunity to find out species such as White-bellied Chachalaca, Yellow-naped Parrot, and Rufous-breasted Spinetail among others.
Accommodation at Los Tarrales Reserve.

Day 6

Los Tarrales – Flight to Flores – Tikal National Park

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.
Return to the lodge for breakfast and check out.

Transfer from Los Tarrales Reserve to La Aurora Internationa Airport to take a short flight to The Mundo Maya International Airport in Flores Peten.
Arrival to Peten and transfer to your lodge inside Tikal National Park
Accommodation in Tikal National Park

Day 7

Tikal National Park

Early birding Tour inside Tikal Park, Tikal belongs to the nucleus sections of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, with a high level of preservation actions and investigation.
The ancient monuments, remnants of the Maya culture based in the heart of luscious jungles, are perfect locations for birding.

Here we are going to find species which include Ocellated turkey, orange-breasted falcon, Yucatan Jay, 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.

Throughout migratory period flocks of warblers, tanagers, as well as others, make this spot an incredible tropical paradise.
Return to the lodge for lunch, short break and continue your expeditions with a noon archaeological and birding tour.
Accommodation in Tikal lodge

Day 8

Tikal National Park – Flight to Guatemala City

Tikal second morning Bird watching and Archaeology tour
Lunch at Tikal National Park
Afternoon transfer towards Mundo Maya Airport with birding opportunity at the shore of Lake Peten Itza.

18:30 hrs, local flight from Flores to La Aurora International Airport
19:30 Hrs, meet & greet at the airport terminal and transport to your hotel
lodging in Guatemala City

Day 9

Back Home

Transfer to La Aurora International Airport on time to catch your flight back Home

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