Highlands & Mayan World - Birdwatching Tour

Highlands & Mayan World Birdwatching Tour

This birding expedition will take you through the center highlands, pacific coast and lowlands of Guatemala; you will be birding inside of diverse type of forest that inhabit regional endemic and interesting birds such as Pink- headed Warbler, Horned Guan, Azure-rumped Tanager, Orange-breasted Falcon, Crested Eagle, Ocellated Turkey and Pale-billed Woodpecker among others.


  • Highlights: Antigua Guatemala – Tecpan – Fuentes Georginas – Atitlan Lake – Paquisis Volcano – Tarrales – Las Guacamayas Biological Station – 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
  • Length: 14 Days / 13 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


Day 1 - Arrival (Unguided)

Meet & greet at the International Airport La Aurora (Guatemala) and transportation to Antigua Guatemala

2 nights of Lodging in Antigua Guatemala

Day 2 - Finca El Pilar / Antigua

Morning birdwatching at Finca El Pilar located 10 minutes away from Antigua. The vegetation of this reserve is mainly constituted by coffee, pine and oaks, 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.

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.

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 / Quetzalteanngo

6:00 am. Departure from Antigua Guatemala toward Tecpan area

Breakfast in Tecpan

Bird watching 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 Warbler, as well as Hutton’s Vireo.

Midday transfer to Quetzaltenango and birdwatching in the afternoon at Los Vados area

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

2 nights of lodging at Los Tarrales Private Reserve

Day 5 - Los Tarrales Reserve

Time for Coffee and transfer to Vesubio 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.

Dinner and lodging at Los Tarrales Reserve

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.

Breakfast at the place (boxed breakfast).

Midday transfer to Lake Atitlan and afternoon birdwatching around the lodge.

2 nights of lodging at Santiago Atitlan

Day 7 - Volcan Paquisis / Tarrales

Early 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 route (boxed lunch).

Day 8 - Lake Atitlan / Flores

Morning birdwatching around the Lake and El Rey Tepepul Park

After breakfast transfer to the airport,

17:15 hrs, flight to Flores,

18:00 hrs, meet & greet in Flores and transfer to Flores Island

1 night of lodging in Flores

Day 9 - Las Guacamayas Biological Station

Enjoy this fascinating birding tour in the Scarlet macaw´s sanctuary and prepare to discover the natural world of more than 260 species of resident’s birds

With an abundant wildlife such as spider monkeys and howler monkeys (saraguate), occasionally tapirs, crocodiles, and a great variety of birds, among those we can mention the scarlet macaw, toucans, blue herons, parakeets, and many more…

7:00 am. Leave from Flores to Paso Caballos for a trip of approximately 3 hrs. The whole road proposes great birding opportunity where we can watch some birds in open areas, secondary forest and ponds, such as Flycatchers, Hawks, Herons and Kingfishers among other.

Arrival to the community of Paso Caballos, here we will board a boat that will carry us through the San Pedro River towards Las Guacamayas Biological Station (aprox.20 minutes). Birding on route, here we can find out species such as Herons, Kingfishers, Limpkin, Parrots, Grey-necked Wood-rail, Northern Jacana and many more.

At your arrival, you will be received by the EBG staff and they will give an introduction on the activities of the station, solid waste management, research programs, conservation and social projection.

Lunch and at 3:00 pm. birding tour around the base station ending at Las Guacamayas lookout.

2 nights of lodging at Las Guacamayas Lodge

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

Agami Heron, Green-backed Sparrow, Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, Yucatan Woodpecker, Yucatan Jay, Red-capped Manakin, Golden-hooded Tanager, Yellow-tailed Oriole, Scarlet Macaw, Brown-hooded Parrot, White-crowned Parrot, Sungrebe, Ruddy Crake, Northern Potoo, Yucatan Poorwill, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, among others.

Day 10 - El Peru Archaeological Site

5:00 am. Time for a coffee (breakfast on route) We will board our boat for a birding tour through the archaeological site El Peru, where we will visit the most important nesting area of the scarlet macaw (Ara Macaw) in Guatemala and we can find interesting species such as Ocellated Turkey; Bat Falcon; Scarlet Macaw; Black-and-White Owl; Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Lovely Cotinga, Rose-throated Tanager; Green-Backed Sparrow, among others.

Note: You can spot Scarlet Macaws from February to May

Nighttime aquatic excursion: Explores the stream Sacluc, our experienced guide accompanies us for the nighttime aquatic tour. With the support of a flashlight, our guide illuminates the nighttime creatures that live here, including the crocodile petenero (Crocodylus moreletii), bats, birds and more.

Day 11 - Las Guacamayas / Tikal National Park

Morning birdwatching in San Pedro River

After breakfast transfer to Tikal National Park, On route you will stop in Flores to have lunch.  Quick stop at El Remate to do some birding

Sunset tour in Tikal National Park

2 nights of lodging in Tikal National park

Day 12 - Tikal National Park

Early birdwatching Tour within Tikal National Park, Tikal is part of the nucleus areas of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, with a high level of conservation activities and research.

The monuments, remnants of the ancient Maya culture located in the middle of luscious jungles, are ideal places for birdwatching where we will find interesting species such as Ocellated turkey, orange-breasted falcon, Yucatan Jay, Black Catbird, 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.

During migratory season flocks of warblers, tanagers and others makes this destination a fantastic tropical paradise.

Midday archaeological tour

Day 13 - Tikal National Park

Tikal second day Birding and Archaeology tour.

Afternoon transfer to the airport.

18:30 hrs, local flight from Flores to Guatemala City.

19:30 Hrs, meet & greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel.

1 night of lodging in Guatemala City

Day 14 - Back Home (Unguided)

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

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