Guatemala: Spectacular Central American Birding
Brief Overview of the Trip
Day 1: Mid-day arrivals and PM birding at Los Tarrales
Day 2: Full day birding at Los Tarrales Reserve
Day 3: AM birding Tarrales; PM birding Las Nubes
Day 4: AM birding Las Nubes; PM birding Fuentes
Day 5: AM birding Fuentes Georginas and PM birding
Lake Atitlán Area
Day 6: AM Lake Atitlán area birding; Mid-day return to
Guatemala City
with birding at Rincon Suizo and/or
other birding sites, focusing on any species not yet found.  
  • Near 5 PM, those not enjoying extension return to
    beautiful hotel in Guatemala City.
  • Extension group participants fly to Flores, near Tikal.
Day 7: Main trip only participants fly home. Extension
group enjoys first full day in Tikal area. See below.
Brief Itinerary
Trip Description
Birding in Guatemala
Ocellated Turkey
Photo by H. Enríquez
Bushy-crested Jay
Photo by K. Huffstater
Pale-billed Woodpecker
Photo by H. Enríquez
Unicolored Jays
Photo by K. Huffstater
For more information or to register for this trip, call Charles in the United States or
Ian in the United Kingdom. Charles can be reached at 888-203-7464 or directly at
720-320-1974. Ian can be reached at 07719-052820. Also feel free to e-mail at
More Details on This Trip
Guatemala is a spectacular birding destination with more
than 750 bird species. This trip is an exciting birding
journey designed so that most birders see 320 to over
360 species in 10 days.

  • Guatemala offers birders nearly 36 regional
    endemic bird species, endemic to Guatemala and
    neighboring countries.
  • We will find some of the many specialties, including
    White-bellied Chachalaca, Highland Guan,  
    Ocellated Turkey, Pacific Parakeet, Fulvous Owl,
    Blue-throated Motmot, Belted Flycatcher, Long-
    tailed Manakin, Bushy-crested Jay, Black-throated
    Jay, Black-capped Swallow, Rufous-browed Wren,
    Rufous-collared Robin, Blue-and-white Mockingbird,
    Pink-headed Warbler, Azure-rumped Tanager, Bar-
    winged Oriole and Gray-throated Chat.
  • Amongst over a dozen hummingbirds, we should
    see Rufous Sabrewing, Emerald-chinned
    Hummingbird, Green-throated Mountain-gem,
    Slender Sheartail, Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird
    and Wine-throated Hummingbird.
  • Resplendent Quetzal may top the favourite bird list
    for many on the trip.
  • Everyone will enjoy the intimate encounter with the
    Fulvous Owls at Las Nubes. This birding experience
    will linger with you in the years ahead.

Everyone will also enjoy Guatemala's incredible
landscapes, filled with volcanoes, lakes and archeological
sites. Guatemala is a land of huge contrasts, from cloud
forests to dry and sub-tropical humid forests.

The three day extension includes a visit to the spectacular
Tikal archeological site, built around the 4th century BC.
Tikal was the center of the vast Mayan empire. Located
inside Tikal National Park in the department of Petén in
northern Guatemala, Tikal was named a UNESCO World
Heritage Site in 1979. Covering over 200 square miles,
Tikal National Park is a paradise for bird watchers and
provides everyone in the group the opportunity to learn
more about the Mayan culture and rich history of the
Ornate Hawk-Eagle and
Horned Guan banner photo
by H. Enríquez
Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird
Photo by H. Enríquez
Main Trip 7 days - 6 nights
Tikal: Mayan Heritage and Birding
We will spend three additional full days birding and
exploring the ruins of this World Heritage Site, seeing
nearly eighty plus new trip species and learning about the
Mayan culture and rich history of the Americas.

Extension Day 1/Day 7 of Trip: Yaxha National Park for a
good birding
Extension Day 2/Day 8 of Trip: Full day birding at Tikal
National Park
Extension Day 3/Day 9 of Trip: Tikal to Flores, full day
birding at several sites
Extension Day 4/Day 10 of Trip: Flight from Flores to
Guatemala City and flights home
Pink-headed Warbler
Photo by K. Huffstater
Yellow-throated Euphonia
Photo by K. Huffstater