Highland Getaways - Birdwatching Tour

Highland Getaways Birdwatching Tour

The goal of this fantastic birding tour is to register the rarest, regional endemic and unique species in the highlands of Guatemala such as Pink-headed Warbler, Horned Guan and the fantastic Azure-rumped Tanager at the central highlands and Pacific coast respectively.

Overview

  • Highlights: Antigua Guatemala – Tecpan – Finca El Pilar – Quetzaltenango – Los Tarrales – Lake Atitlan
  • 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: 9 Days / 8 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 (Unguided)

Meet and greet at La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City and transfer to La Antigua Guatemala

Lodging in Antigua Guatemala

Day 2 - Finca El Pilar / Antigua

Morning birdwatching at Finca El Pilar located 10 minutes away from Antigua. Coffee, pine, and oaks mainly constitute the vegetation of this reserve, settle at an altitudinal range from 1,710 to 9,500 feet above sea level.

One of the main attractions in El Pilar farm is in the zone of hummingbird’s feeders where it is possible to spot a wide variety of hummingbird’s species that inhabit the area feeding oneself at the same time which represents a great opportunity for birdwatchers.

Lunch in a local restaurant in Antigua Guatemala

14:00 hrs, you will start the thrilling cultural tour of Antigua visiting the magnificent churches, ruins, and museums that combined with the old cobbled streets keep the stories and legends of those colonial times that undoubtedly you will enjoy and which will make your morning unforgettable. We will be visiting the most important areas of Antigua like La Merced Church, Central Park, the Santa Catalina Martir famous Arch of the 5th Avenue, and much more.

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 - Tecpan / 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 migratory (winter) season you will find Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Black-and-White, and 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 Pigmy 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 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 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 where is possible to find species such as Long-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Rufous-naped Wren among other.

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 Paquisis Volcano in the quest of Horned Guan and other interesting species such as 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.

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. (Unguided)

Breakfast and transfer to the airport in time to catch your international flight back home

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