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Birds in the Maya Forest

Birds in the Maya Forest  

  
Birding hotspots:  Tikal National Park, Yaxha National Park, 
Tour operation:  All year round
3 Days / 2 nights

The experience

--Overview—
Tikal  is unique in the perfect combination of tropical forest and impressive Mayan ruins. For its great cultural and natural value was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO (1979). The park is located within the Maya Biosphere Reserve, the world's second largest tropical forest after the Amazon. The Tikal National Park is known for being the ideal place for bird watching place in the region have reported more than 400 species of birds and their observation is relatively easy.
Yaxha is located inside the National Park Yaxha - Nakum – Naranjo, 88 km from the island of Flores on route toward Belize border.  
Yaxha National Park have reported more than 40 species of mammals, 14 of amphibians, 45 of reptiles, 22 of fishes and 150 bird species.


--Highlights--   
o    Bird watching in an area where more than 400 species have been identified
o    Top Birds:  Ocellated Turkey, Great Tinamou, King Vulture, Orange-breasted Falcon, White Hawk, Collared Forest-Falcon, Vermiculated Screech-Owl, Blue Ground-Dove, Mealy Parrot, Red-lored Parrot, White-bellied Emerald, Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-necked Puffbird, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Northern Barred Woodcreeper, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Mexican Antthrush, Red-capped Manakin, Rufous Mourner, Northern Royal Flycatcher, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, White-bellied Wren, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Red-throated Ant-tanager, Grey-headed Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Green-backed Sparrow, Black-faced Grosbeak, Yellow-backed Oriole…
o    Ecosystems covered        tropical humid forest 
o    Expected climate        humid hot
o    Tour speed & walking        easy       
o    Accommodation        comfortable
o    Easy of Birding        moderate
o    Other attractions        Maya temple sites 
o    Photographic             opportunities very good


--What you can expect—

DAY 1:
Before down  begin the travel to the north-east to visit the ancient city of Yaxha,  located   on Yaxha Lake 80 Km far away from the  island  of Flores. We will spend the morning birding around the site.  After lunch transfer to Tikal .  Overnight at a lodge inside the Park.

DAY 2:
Early morning breakfast at the hotel, then off to explore the ruins of Tikal to cover more of the forest and to seek out species not seen before.  Lunch in the Lodge, followed by continued exploration until sundown in Tikal. Overnight at a lodge in Tikal National Park.

DAY 3:
The archeological zone of Tikal is large, magnificent and worthy of additional exploration. Lunch in the Lodge .  Afternoon transfer to Flores.  Overnight at a hotel at the island of Flores.

--Included—
03 nights hotel  accommodation
Indicated meals 
Bird watching Tour Guide
Private transportation 
Entrance fees to places visited

--Reminder--
Customized birding tours can be planned for groups or individuals.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.

Azure Crowned Hummingbird
Black And White Warbler Jose Yee
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher Phil Yates
Bushtit  Jose Yee
Green Heron
Grey Headed Tanager Phil Yates
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Pink Headed WarblerAlex Navarro
Pygmy Owl
Red Capped Manakin Phil Yates
Rufous  Collared Sparrow HE
Trogan W Undertail  Visible

 

Caribbean Route

Caribbean Route

   
Birding hotspots:  Quirigua Archaeological site, Rio Dulce,
Tour operation:  All year round
3 Days / 2 nights

The experience

--Overview—
Our bird watching and nature tours cover all the expectations of nature lovers and bird watchers, diverse habitats, and impressive scenery. During this tour we will see and take pictures of wildlife, birds and landscapes.  We wish to share our experience with all the people who want to enjoy nature and be partakers of its conservation

--Highlights--   
o    Top Birds:   Great Tinamou ,  Olivaceus Cormoran,  Anhinga, Magnificent Frigatebird,
    Great Blue Heron,   Agami Heron,  Wood Stork,   Blue-winged Teal,   Lesser Yellow-    headed Vulture,   Osprey,  Solitary Eagle, Swainson’s Hawk, Crested Caracara, Bat Falcon,     Plain Chachalaca, Northern Jacana,   Western Sandpiper,  Scarlet Macaw, Squirrel     Cuckoo,  Spectacled Owl,  Great Potoo,  Rubby-throated Hummingbird,  Black-headed     Trogon,  Ringed Kingfisher,  Rufous-tailed Jacamar,  Emerald Toucanet,  Lineated     Woodpecker,   Rufous-breasted Spinetail,   White-bellied Wren, Black-throated Shrike-    Tanager...
o    Ecosystems covered        dry forest, tropical rain forest
o    Expected climate        hot and very humid
o    Tour speed & walking        moderate       
o    Accommodation        comfortable
o    Easy of Birding        moderate
o    Other attractions        Quirigua archaeological Mayan site
o    Photographic             opportunities very good

--What you can expect—

DAY 1:
Early transfer to the East , throughout the department of El Progreso and Izabal until we will reach the archeological site of Quirigua , located 160 km (100 miles).   During the journey is an opportunity to stop for birding at the Dry Forest  located in the Motagua River valley an arid area with warm temperatures with a unique and very characteristic avifauna.   Overnight stay at a hotel near the site. 

DAY 2:
This morning embark on a boat ride across the Rio Dulce for bird watching and looking for Manatee, Limpkin, Grey-headed Tanager and if we’re lucky, the Agami Heron. An astounding number of bird species inhabit the Rio Dulce area.  You can sit in one spot and identify dozens of species in a single afternoon.  Overnight at the town of Livingston.  


DAY 3:
Visit the rainforest trail at Rio Las Escobas, a pristine water river which flows from the top of Cerro San Gil natural reserve into the Amatique Bay.  After an early breakfast we will leave Livingston by boat to Puerto Barrios where we will visit the trail of Las Escobas for a morning of birding.  Lunch nearby the site, follow our way towards Guatemala City.  Overnight at Guatemala City.

--Included—
03 nights hotel  accommodation
Indicated meals
Bird watching Tour Guide
Transportation 
Entrance fees to places visited

--Reminder--
Customized birding tours can be planned for groups or individuals.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.

Azure Crowned Hummingbird
Black And White Warbler Jose Yee
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher Phil Yates
Bushtit  Jose Yee
Green Heron
Grey Headed Tanager Phil Yates
HUGO082
Pink Headed WarblerAlex Navarro
Pygmy Owl
Red Capped Manakin Phil Yates
Rufous  Collared Sparrow HE
Trogan W Undertail  Visible

 

Pacific Slope Route

Pacific Slope Route   

 
Birding hotspots:  El Zapote Reserve, Los Tarrales Reserve
Tour operation:  All year round
3 Days / 2 nights

The experience

--Overview—
Guatemala is a spectacular birding destination with more than 700 bird species from which at least 40 are regional endemics. Also samples spectacular volcanoes and highland lakes, fascinating culture and historic Spanish and Maya cities.  During this tour we will observe and take photograph of wildlife, birds and landscapes. Guatemala offers a world full of contrasts, colonial cities, jungles, volcanoes, archaeological sites and many more things.

--Highlights--   
o    Among the species of flora that are worth mentioning are the flamboyant,  lagerstroemia, palm trees, ferns, cypresses, cycads, bamboo, grasses, many types of orchids, among others. 
o    Top Birds: Blue-crowned Motmot, Collared Trogon, Green Heron, Horned Guan, White-bellied Chachalaca, Pacific Parakeet, Azure-rumped Tanager, Black-throated Jay, White-eared Ground-Sparrow, Bar-winged Oriole, Fulvous Owl…
o    Ecosystems covered            subtropical humid forest
o    Expected climate                warm and humid  
o    Tour speed & walking          moderate       
o    Accommodation                 comfortable
o    Easy of Birding                   moderate
o    Other attractions               botanical gardens
o    Photographic                   opportunities very good

--What you can expect—

DAY 1:
Following breakfast begin the journey to El Zapote Reserve, a natural paradise nestled in the foothills of Fuego Volcano, surrounded by a natural spring that feeds a natural pond. The elevation is from 628m with 16 blocks of botanical gardens, four lakes and a huge biodiversity of flora and fauna. Overnight at Los Tarrales Reserve .

DAY 2:
Today you have an opportunity of enjoying a full day of exploring and birding in Los Tarrales.  Los Tarrales reserve ranges from 700m elevation to higher areas at 2000m , with semi-humid broadleaf forest, cloud forest .  More than 340 bird species have been recorded in Los  Tarrales.  The reserve is part of the Atitlán Important Bird Area, designated by BirdLife International.  Overnight at Los Tarrales Reserve.

DAY 3:
Birding in Los Tarrales during the morning.  By the afternoon drive back to Guatemala City . Overnight at Guatemala City.
           
--Included—
03 nights lodge accommodation
Indicated meals
Bird watching Tour Guide
Transportation 
Entrance fees to places visited

--Reminder--
Customized birding tours can be planned for groups or individuals.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.

Azure Crowned Hummingbird
Black And White Warbler Jose Yee
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher Phil Yates
Bushtit  Jose Yee
Green Heron
Grey Headed Tanager Phil Yates
HUGO082
Pink Headed WarblerAlex Navarro
Pygmy Owl
Red Capped Manakin Phil Yates
Rufous  Collared Sparrow HE
Trogan W Undertail  Visible

Central Highlands Bird watching Tour

Central Highlands Bird watching Tour


Birding hotspots:  Los Ranchitos Reserve, Biotopo del Quetzal Reserve, El Pilar Reserve
Tour operation: all year round     
3 Days / 2 nights

The experience

--Overview—
Guatemala opens its doors to birdwatchers and all tourists that enjoy nature and culture to come and enjoy this beautiful kaleidoscopic country through its birds.  Within a mosaic of seven main eco-regions, Guatemala holds one of the most amazing diversity of birds in the world. Over 700 exotic, rare, endemic and migratory species are scattered over these regions in one this small, unique country.

--Highlights--   
o    This trip is an exciting birding journey designed so that most birders see 100 to over 160 species in 3 days.  "Resplendent Quetzal" may top of the favorite bird list for many on the     trip.
o    Top birds: Russet-crowned Motmot, Turquoise-browed Motmot , Lesser Roadrunner, Altamira Oriole, Resplendent Quetzal, Highland Guan, Barred Parakeet, Unicolored Jay, Black-throated Jay, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Tufted Flycatcher, Pine Flycatcher, Spotted Nightingale-Thrush, Rufous-collared Thrush, Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer, Rufous-capped Warbler, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, Black-headed Siskin…
o    Habitats covered        cloud forest, thorny scrub, oak forest
o    Expected climate        warm to cold and dry
o    Tour speed & walking         moderate       
o    Accommodation        comfortable
o    Easy of Birding        light
o    Other attractions    historical city of Antigua
o    Photographic  opportunities very good

--What you can expect—
DAY 1:    
Early morning transfer to Las Verapaces region, located 160 km (100 miles). During the journey is an opportunity to stop for birding at the Dry Forest  located in the Motagua River valley an arid area with warm temperatures with a unique and very characteristic avifauna.   This afternoon enjoy a guided walk along trails in the cloud forest.  Overnight stay at hotel near the site.

DAY 2:    
This morning depart the hotel for early morning birding at  the Biotope Reserve located 4 km away (2 miles). The site is a protected area founded by Mario Dary Rivera, former director of San Carlos University in 1977. The reserve covers 1,150 hectares of primary cloud forest, from 1500m to 2300m.   Following lunch, journey to Antigua Guatemala 210 km (130 miles) away. Overnight in Antigua Guatemala.

DAY 3:   
This day enjoy a guided bird watching tour at the forest reserve of Finca El Pilar located just 10 minutes drive from Antigua.  The elevation is from 1900m to 2400m with tropical dry forest, mixed highland forest.   Check out of the hotel and return to Guatemala City.  Overnight in Guatemala City.

--Included—
03 nights hotel accommodation
All breakfasts
Bird watching Tour Guide
Transport to the designated locations
Entrance fees to places visited

--Reminder--
Customized birding tours can be planned for groups or individuals.

Azure Crowned Hummingbird
Black And White Warbler Jose Yee
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher Phil Yates
Bushtit  Jose Yee
Green Heron
Grey Headed Tanager Phil Yates
HUGO082
Pink Headed WarblerAlex Navarro
Pygmy Owl
Red Capped Manakin Phil Yates
Rufous  Collared Sparrow HE
Trogan W Undertail  Visible

 

Birding in the Highlands

Birding in the Highlands


Birding hotspots: Tecpan, La Antigua Guatemala
One Day Birding Tour
10 hour (s)

The experience

--Overview—
Experience bird watching in the surroundings of Antigua Guatemala and the highlands. Our birding tours and nature meet all the expectations of birdwatchers, diverse habitats, endemic species, restricted range species and impressive landscapes. During this tour we will observe and take photographs of wildlife, birds and landscapes. Guatemala offers a world full of contrasts, colonial cities, jungles, volcanoes, archaeological sites and many more things.

--Highlights--   
o    Bird watching in the montane forests located in the surroundings of Antigua Guatemala and Tecpán.
o    Average expected number of birds seen during the trip +60 species
o    Top birds:   Pink-headed Warbler, Red-faced Warbler, Crescent-chested Warbler, Wilson’s, Townsend’s, Olive, Yellow, Tennessee, Hermit, Black-and-White, Bushtit, Hutton’s Vireo, Brown Creeper, Tufted Flycatcher y Slate-throated Redstart ...
o    Some of the birds that can be seen in Antigua: Collared Trogan, Guatemalan (Northern) Flicker, Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Blue-throated Motmot, Bushy-crested Jay, Black-capped Swallow, Cresent-chested Warbler, Bar-winged Oriole
o    Enjoy hiking and bird watching in lush landscapes
o    Opportunity to take amazing photos

--What you can expect—
Our tour starts at Cerro de Tecpán which is located in the Mountain Forest Biome of Sierra de Tecpán, 90 km from Guatemalan City with an altitude of 2500m. Our target bird is the Pink-headed Warbler, easily observed in a patch of the pine-oak forest among other species. We continue our visit in Finca El Pilar, just 10 minutes drive from Antigua Guatemala. Finca El Pilar is located at 1500m with tropical dry forest and mixed highland forest.  Return to Guatemala City .

--Included—
Bird watching Tour Guide
Binoculars
Lunch
Bottle water for guests
Entrance fee to Private Reserves 
Hotel pickup and drop-off

--Reminder--
The minimum booking size is 2 persons. 
Feel free to contact us for more information on rates
Confirmation will be received at time of booking