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Birding in Guatemala Coffee Plantations Tour - 10 Days

Birding in Guatemala Coffee Plantations Tour
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Trip to Watch Birds in Guatemalan Coffee Plantations

A moderately-paced 10-day Birding in Guatemala Coffee Plantations Tour that is available on request. This birdwatching tour visits the coffee growing locations in Guatemala, which operate in harmony with the native bird life and play an active role in the conservation of these natural areas. It also takes in some of the interesting spots for the ancient Mayan civilisation.

Most of the coffee plantations visited on this Guatemala birding tour lie in the Montane evergreen forest area, where you're sure to find numerous endemic bird species and up to 200 target species. A few lifers are located here, such as Long-tail Manakin, Horned Guan, Resplendent Quetzal and the Pink-headed Warbler. This expedition gives you the chance to both enjoy the splendour of these myriad species while also savouring the different blends of locally produced coffee.

"I enjoy Guatemala enormously. Thanks for everything; such a smooth and enjoyable trip. I'd like to come back some time and explore other places. Thanks for all." Kristine Sowl. Click on the REVIEW tab above to read more.

After arrival in Guatemala City, the first stop on the birdwatching tour will be overnight in the colonial city of Antigua. The following morning you will take a 10-minute drive to your first 'finca' or estate on your Guatemala birding trip: the Filadelfia plantation, where Belted Flycatchers are numerous up in the mountains. On the other side of Antigua and in the foothills of the Agua volcano, Finca El Pilar also offers spectacular views of Fuego, one of the three active volcanoes in Guatemala. 

The Mayan experience will start at Takalik Abaj, where you will be transported to Guatemala's distant past as well as having the opportunity to see the spectacular Motmot with its distinctive long feathered tail. Patrocinio Nature Reserve will amaze you with the active volcano, Santiaguito, and its population of White-bellied Chachalacas. 

Los Andes will be another different experience on this Guatemala birding tour. This is a coffee and tea plantation on the outskirts of the Atitlan volcano, with a convenient birdwatching hide to observe mountain birds such as the Azure-rumped Tanager.

Another coffee plantation, Los Tarrales, will give you the opportunity to make the climb up Atitlan in search of the Horned Guan. Be aware, though, that this can be a difficult climb. The nearby municipal park is ideal for observing the Resplendent Quetzal, Guatemala's national bird.

This birdwatching tour in Guatemala is the perfect trip to stimulate all of your senses with the unforgettable sights and sounds of the country's abundant avian life and the distinctive taste and aroma of Guatemalan coffee.

Birding in Guatemala Coffee Plantations highlights include:

  • Opportunity to see numerous indigenous birds and up to 200 target species
  • Notable birds include Motmots, Horned Guans and Resplendent Quetzals
  • Visit different forest and mountain habitats
  • Spectacular landscape including active volcanoes
  • Chance to sample Guatemala's world-renowned coffee blends

Keen to focus on photographing the birds you see on your tour? Why not try the  Bird Photography in Guatemala Tour?

Alternative tour name: Guatemala Birds and Mayan Culture Tour
Day 1
Day 1 - Guatemala

Upon arrival at La Aurora,International Guatemala Airport, your guide will meet you and immediately transfer to Antigua. The charming city of La Antigua is situated in a valley surrounded by 3 volcanos, Agua, Acatenango and Fuego. In 1773 the earthquake destroyed the capital and this was moved to where is now. Not until 2004, this city was consider a spectacular city to be with cobble stones and colonial buildings, but now, for those who loved the nature, there has been many Nature reserves that opened to go birding and enjoy the wildlife around Antigua.

Accommodations at Antigua.

Day 2
Day 2 - Antigua - Finca Filadelfia Coffee Estate

Finca Filadelfia has had the same purpose for several generations – growing and selling high-quality coffee. Here you’ll get to see over a hundred different species of birds that live throughout the 535.5 acres (216.5 ha) of the reserve.

Birding at Finca Filadelfia at the cloud forest, but not only that because also has a pine-oak forests one of the more rare forests in Central America and at its dry habitat, you might find the Belted Flycatcher as well as 175 different species more that have been sighted.

A box breakfast will be prepared for you to take and when you get down, Lunch at Finca Filadelfia will be waiting for you.

You cannot leave this beautiful city without seeing it, and this is why the afternoon will be use to visit the Colonial City

Birders consider the bar-winged oriole one of the most interesting species in the area. Their melodic song is more distinctive than their appearance. They strongly resemble their North American cousin, the Baltimore oriole.

Day 3
Day 3 - Antigua - Nature Reserve El Pilar -Takalik Abaj, Retalhuleu- Natural Reserve Patrocinio

This early morning at 06:00 am transfer to go birding at FINCA EL PILAR a Nature Reserve and enjoy your box breakfast while birding at the high grounds. The hummingbirds feeders will be our next stop to visit , where you can spot 7 different species.

After 4 hours, around 10:30AM transfer to Takalik Abaj Archaeological Site on the Pacific Coast for more endemic species.

Takalik Abaj, which means “standing stones,” was once an important trade city center for Pacific coast routes. Cacao, obsidian, salt, pyrite, jade, and quetzal feathers were commonly traded here.

Takalik Abaj is over 2.5 square miles (6.5 sq km) and the surroundings of Takalik Abaj are spread over 5 coffee farms. A well-maintained trail will guide us through the forest to encounter many species of birds.

Lunch will be on the way and late afternoon transfer to Finca EL Patrocinio a Nature Reserve. There you will find many birds easy to watch or photograph. Travel time 3 hours. Accommodations at Patrocinio Reserve.

Day 4
Day 4 - Nature Reserve Patrocinio

Patrocinio, before 1870 use to be owned by the Jesuitas catholic order until government abruptly change law and they couldn't own land. In 1902, a natural disaster took place with the born of Santiaguito Volcano on the skirts of Santa Maria Volcano and at 1929 one quarter of the property at Patrocinio was a grave under 7 meters of volcanic ashes and rocks from the new baby volcano.

The morning will start at the tower, with a good cup of coffee and birding easy spotting birds. All Day birding and relaxing at Finca El Patrocinio. For those interested in the different kind of fruits and plants that are harvest at the farm.

Accommodations at Patrocinio Reserve.

Day 5
Day 5 - Natural Reserve Patrocinio-Fuentes Georginas-Nature Reserve Los Andes Coffee Plantation

Early Breakfast. 05:30AM - transfer to Fuentes Georginas for a birding morning. Breakfast. Lunch on the way, then go to the Natural Reserve. Dinner. Accommodation at The Natural Reserve.

Day 6
Day 6 - Natural reserve and Cloud Forest Los Andes

All day birding at the Reserve. Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner. Accommodations at the Natural Reserve.

Day 7
Day 7 - Natural reserve & Cloud Los Andes - Los Tarrales

Morning birding at the reserve lunch and early afternoon transfer to Los Tarrales. Dinner and accommodation at Los Tarrales.

Day 8
Day 8 - Nature Reserve Los Tarrales

Early breakfast. Today Josue the best bird guide at Los Tarrales will be with you and stay on lower reserve to do a very sucessfull day of birding. Lunch and Dinner at the lodge. Accommodation Los Tarrales.

Day 9
Day 9 - Nature Reserve Los Tarrales- Lake Atitlan-Rey Tepepul-Rincon Suizo-Guatemala City

Early morning breakfast at Los Tarrales or decide to leave early and take a box breakfast to go to the Municipal Park Mirador of Rey Tepepul. Today will be a spectacular day if we are lucky to find the Resplendent Quetzal, as well as the Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, the Elegant Euphonia and the azure-rumped Tanager Lunch at Bambu Hotel and afterward transfer to Panajachel and overview the beautiful LAKE ATITLAN. Transfer to Guatemala City, but we will have a short stop at Rincon Suizo for the last peek for the Pink-headed Warbler. Accommodations at Hotel in Guatemala City.

Day 10
Day 10 - Guatemala-home

Breakfast at the Hotel included. Morning at Leisure. At a convenient time shuttle transfer from the hotel to Airport on your own to take the flight Home.

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Wildlife species expected to see:

Among other birds species: Blue and White Mockingbird, Silky Flycatcher, Bushy Crested Jay, Lessons Motmot, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Prevost’s Ground Sparrow, Long-tail Manakin, Mountain Trogon, White-bellied Chachalaca, Unicolor Jay, Pink-headed Warbler, Black-capped Siskin, Wine-throated Hummingbird, Azure-rumped Tanager, Fulvous Owl, Resplendent Quetzal, Tody Motmot, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia,  Yellow-naped Parakeet, Violet Sabrewing, Blue-tailed Hummingbird, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Collared Aracari, Yellow-eye Junco, Blue-throated Motmot.

What is included?

  • Basic Tour Includes
  • 09 - night hotel or Lodge accommodations on Double basis.
  • 8 breakfast - 6 lunches-6 dinner
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Entrance Fees: Takalik Abaj - Patrocinio- Two Day Los Andes Nature Reserve - Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs - One Day Los Tarrales Nature Reserve
  • Guide with birding knowledge

What is not included?

  • Any personal expense like telephone calls and laundry
  • Sodas or alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • International flights
  • Airport Domestic departure tax (Q20/US$3.00 per person)
  • Additional charges for Peak Season Holy Week and Christmas Holidays)
  • Tips to drivers and guides
  • Any expense not describe in the itinerary
Wildlife Reviews
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  1. Best
    Jan Fitzpatrick15 Feb 2019
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    This company "Guatemala Nature Tours" is and has been fabulous. I have traveled a lot and they're one of the best!
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    Candice Casas23 Feb 2019
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    Thanks for the amazing Trip!
  3. Excellent
    Jim & Cindy Beckman02 Feb 2018
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    Dear Bitty and Renato Thank you so much for your hospitality, Though we have known each other for short time, we felt like we were traveling and birding with old friends. Your hospitality is very much appreciated. The sites you took us to, are all amazing birding sites and we look forward to returning to see more of your beautiful country. Jim and Cindy Beeckman
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    Dominic Shewony28 Apr 2011
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    Dear Bitty I want to thank you and Renato for all the help you gave our group to make our trip such a wonderful success, we enjoyed all the sights of Guatemala; we were so fortunate to see so many different and interesting places, the birds were just wonderful. Our count as of today is about 270 species. Thanks again for all your work organizing our trip.
  5. Excellent
    Kristine Sowl28 Feb 2011
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    I enjoy Guatemala enormously. Thanks for everything such a smooth and enjoyable trip. I'd like to come back some time and explore other places, Thanks for all
  6. Excellent
    Jeffrey Gordon24 Jan 2011
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    Dear Bitty No matter what Jesse Says, I think you're awesome. In all seriousness, you are one of the main reasons I look forward to returning to Guatemala again and again. Certainly the birds are wonderful, the scenery is beautiful and the culture amazing but knowing that you're there to smooth over the ocasional rough spot is an incredible comfort. You let everyone else relax and have fun and that is perhaps the highest compliment I can give you. Thank you for welcome us to your home and to your country. all the best, Jeff President American Birding Association WWW.ABA.ORG
  7. Excellent
    Mary Salmon30 Apr 2010
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    Bitty + Renato, You made this trip very special with your humor ,fellowship and family, making Guatemala ideal. The birds were excellent and Thanksgiving unique! Thanks
  8. Execellent
    Lew Auber10 Mar 2010
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    Bitty Amazing organization and execution! The Wildlife, especially birds of course, were incredible we went - never a hesitation and any point - Wonderful Trips! Take Care.- Hope to see you again. May your business continue to prospere. Lew Uber Alexandria, Va, USA
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    Bob Ringler10 Feb 2010
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    Thank you for all your hard work to make the trip pleasant for us.
  10. Execellent
    Jan13 Mar 2010
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    Bitty and Renato Thanks so much for the EXPERIENCE of "BIRDING" its is a memory that will last a lifetime. The Birds, the farms and the family all a joy. This time next year whittled! With love and Appreciation, Always Jan
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    Janet Wessel10 Feb 2010
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    Thanks for all your great Attention. Take care of your wonderful country, All the best, Janet Wessel
  12. Execellent
    Bryan Bland09 Feb 2010
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    It seems a far way from those days over 20 years ago when all I knew of Guatemala was Tikal. In this last time a four years attending the Encounters I have become more and more attached to the country and its people. And now Guatemala has found its rightful place once more in the lovings/ Sunbird catalogue. With your help we have enjoyed a wonderful tour sampling the delight of Antigua El Pilar, Rincon Suizo, Los Andes, Lake Atitlan Los Tarrales, and Tikal. Highlights amongst our tally of 272 bird species were Orange breasted falcons, Crested Guans, King Vulture, Great Curassow, Red-capped Manakins and some exiting army-aunt swarms at Tikal, Provosts, Grand Sparrow, Long-tailed Manakins, and Toddy Motmot at los Tarrales, Pink-headed and Red-faced Warblers as Rincon Suizo, Assorted Hummingbirds as El Pilar and motmots, Trogons, Toucans and Orioles everywhere. Guatemala has so much to offer and your Bitty, nd Renato love and secured that we ll leave with happy memories of the country and its warm and friendly people. Thank You Bryan Bland
  13. Excellent Tour
    Mike Freiberg12 Apr 2008
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    Guatemala Nature Tours is by far a top-notch, professional organization. My three trips to the country erased any concerns I had. I must say, most of those concerns were made by false stereotypes. Bitty and the rest of the group made my company and I feel extremely safe. Each one of my trips accomplished every single goal we had set out to and in the meantime I was able to enjoy some of the most beautiful sites in the world. The Guatemalans are wonderfully hospitable and kind-hearted and are dedicated to accommodating birders all around the world. The country ranges from lowland tropical rainforest to extraordinary volcanic mountains. I am looking into my fourth visit to the country within the near future and Guatemala Nature Tours will certainly be the first call I make! Mike Freiberg Nikon Optics
  14. Excellent Tour
    Sharyl Mackay18 Jan 2010
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    What a great experience to spend the afternoon, looking at birds, breathing fresh air, and enjoying the comradery of fellow birders. The Collared Trogon was the surprise od the day. Then ask for a very nice bird tour.
  15. Excellent Tour
    Nim Adela Velasco18 Jan 2010
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    This tour was wonderful. It ext4ended our expectations. Our guide, driver, and others are excellent. Our lodging, food, etc. are highly good. The birds came for us to see they are beautiful, Thanks,
  16. Guatemala Thanksgiving
    Mary Rodel19 Nov 2009
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    Hi Bitty, Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and expertise with our Guatemala birding trip. You and Renato added a wonderful plus to the tour. The sharing of your home and tasty Thanksgiving dinner was indeed a pleasure. Thanks too for the purchase for me of the peppers and prunes. I will try to reproduce the beautiful gravy with my Christmas turkey. Max and I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Thanks again, Mary Rodel

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Why book with anywhere Guatemala nature?

Anywhere Guatemala Nature Tours as member of Jett Tours Inc. founded in October 1975 and of Anywhere Inc. since 2014, offers a variety of unique tours designed according to your preferences with quality and good service, backed by years of experience. Most important we know the birds and we are always monitoring the best sites for you to travel and always is looking on the conservation part of our suppliers.

Who will be our guide?

We work with the best Guatemalan and international guides, biologists and bird experts that we will be delighted to share their knowledge and answer questions to the travelers and birdwatchers.

Are individual and personalize tours available?

We provide taylor-made trips to our clients desirous to discover Guatemala birdlife and wildlife marvels on thei own way, with the ultimate goal of fulfilling all their expectations, needs and desires with the best service provided thsnks to our unique and famous experience area.

Will be birding at the coffee plantations?

Yes, most tours have 2 nights at Natural Reserves that are Coffee Plantations and the birding spots normally are in areas where the coffee is harvest.

What accommodations will be provided?

"We will be staying in the comfortable hotels and ecolodges for 10 nights. The two nights at the Reserva Natural Heloderma will be a mix of camping, and bunk beds in the reserve office building. "

What is the form of communication in case of an emergency?

" We carry local cell phones with us at all times. Additionally we provide the number of our Anywhere+ operator in Guatemala. They are available 24/7, in case someone who wants to reach you cannot contact us directly."

Is there internet access during the trek?

" Wi-Fi access is available in most hotels and ecolodges where you will stay during the tour. However, in some remote areas access may be limited, we encourage people to take those opportunities to disconnect from the outside world and enjoy the peace and quiet."

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Tour Facts

  • Pacific Coast of Guatemala
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 2 to 8px
  • October to May
  • Moderate
  • English & Spanish
  • La Aurora International Airport
  • La Aurora International Airport