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Birding @ Mayan Lowlands, Guatemala - 7 Days

Birding @ Mayan Lowlands, Guatemala
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The Mayan Lowlands birding tour offers the perfect excuse to visit some of the most prominent and important sites in the Mayan Biosphere like Tikal, Uaxactún, Guacaperú and Yaxhá. Plus, it includes a visit to the National Park of Laguna del Tigre, which is the largest National Park in Guatemala and one of the core zones of the Mayan Biosphere. While on this tour, you're bound to find a lifer - if not, you'll at least immerse yourself in nature and take gorgeous pictures of the Guatemalan nature. 

Day 1
Day 1 - Guatemala-Flores-Tikal

Early morning fly to Guatemala City Airport and immediately after arrive take the afternoon flight to Flores.

Take the flight that leaves at 17:15 to FLores. Once at Peten you will be transfer to National Park Tikal for dinner and accommodations at Jungle Lodge or similar. Owling can be done in the near promises of the hotel.

Day 2
Day 2 - Tikal-Uaxactun-Tikal

Early morning start transfer to Uaxactun where you will be able to see different species like Yucatan Jay. Box Lunch at the Archaeological site. Also birds like Mexican (Black-faced) Antthrush, Barred Forest Falcon, Blue-black Grosbeak and White-collared Manakin among other Return for Dinner at the Tikal National Park.

Day 3
Day 3 - Tikal

A Sunrise can be done from a Temple when you climb it at an early morning. Today you will also, walk around the majestic Mayan Temples where there is an amazing diversity of bird including tinamous, motmots, aracaris, jacamars, puffbirds, leaftossers, antthrushes, and the odd Northern Royal Flycatcher. The specialty is the Orange-breasted Falcon, seen from a Temple. Box Breakfast from the Hotel and lunch will be at the hotel. Late afternoon return to the trails for more birds. Dinner and Accommodations at Jungle Lodge or similar.

Day 4
Day 4 - Tikal-Las Guacamayas

Early morning do the sunrise and during your climb, you may get close views of Yucatan Black Howler Monkeys,

Keel-billed Toucans, Montezuma Oropendolas, Laughing Falcons or maybe a White Hawk soaring overhead. The unique Ocellated Turkey, one of the most fantastically plumaged American birds, is common here. Return for breakfast and continue birding in the morningat Tikal. Before lunch transfer to Las Guacamayas Biological Station, lunch on the Way and birding along the road to get to Paso Caballos. It takes about 3 hours to get to the Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas, using a 4-WD vehicle on dirt road to the village Paso Caballo, and from there a boat on the SAC LUC Rive. Boat to the lodge Las Guacamayas. Dinner and accommodations.

Day 5
Day 5 - Las Guacamayas

Today all day birding at the Laguna del Tigre National Park and Natural Reserve. Raptors Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Black-collared Hawks,Swallow-tailed Kites, King Vulture, Broad-winged Hawk,Crane Hawk. Although this is the habitat for the Scarlet Macaw you can find species like Agami heron and many more.

Day 6
Day 6 - Las Guacamayas - Yaxha- FLores - Guatemala City

Box Breakfast. A very Early morning, before sunrise we would need to leave the Biological Station, box breakfast. There are about 3 hours to get from Biological Station to Yaxha. Arrive there and start birding where you have another chance to see more Archaeological site Yaxha and spectacular views of the Mayan Biosfere.

On the trails, you may find the Pheasant Cuckoo, Tody motmots, trogons, toucans and Blue-Crowned or maybe the four species of tinamou—Great, Little, Slaty-breasted and Thicket—. Parrots can be found flying in flocks like the with flocks Red-lored, White-fronted, White-crowned and the, Mealy parrots.

At a convenient time transfer to the Mundo Maya Airport and take your flight back to Guatemala where you will stay in the city for your flight or go to Antigua if your flight departs late next day.

Day 7
Day 7 - Guatemala City- Home

At a Convenient Time transfer to the Airport by shuttle depending at what time is your flight departure.

Among other birds you will see: Montezuma Oropendola, Orange-breasted Falcon, Ocellated Turkey, Yucatan Jay Great, Slaty-breasted, Thicket and Little Tinamous, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Mealy Pheasant Cuckoo, Tody motmot  . Parrots can be found flying in flocks like Red-lored, White-fronted, White-crowned and the, Mealy parrots.

Raptors like:  Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Black-collared Hawks, Swallow-tailed Kites, King Vulture, Broad-winged Hawk, Crane Hawk, Laughing Falcons or maybe a White Hawk soaring overhead. Although this is the habitat for the Scarlet Macaw you can find species like Agami Heron and many more. The unique Ocellated Turkey, one of the most fantastically plumaged American birds, is common here.

What is included?

  • 6 nights Accommodations
  • 3 Jungle Lodge - 2 Las Guacamayas Biological Station-1 Hotel Posada Don Rodrigo Antigua.
  • Transportation Vehicle HIACE/ COASTER, 4WD and Boat
  • Professional Bird guide at Tikal, Yaxha and Uaxactun
  • Community & Local Bird Guide
  • Entrance Fees:Tikal -Yaxha-Uaxactún
  • All Meals from Breakfast on Day 2 till Lunch on Day 6
  • Visit National Park and Archaeological site TIKAL
  • Visit National Park and Archaeological site UAXACTUN
  • Visit National Park and Archaeological site YAXHA
  • Visit Paso de Caballos Village
  • Visit Biological Station Las Guacamayas

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

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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.

Is the Birding at Mayan Ruins and Temples?

Tikal, Yaxha and Uaxactun are Archaeological sites where you will be not only birding but you will also be and stroll jungle trails and climb pyramids and temples. You will visit Tikal National Park and Yaxha archaeological site. Yaxhá is the third most famous Maya site in Guatemala, and has only just been extensively investigated; though little has yet been restored. Some of the birds you will see are Keel-billed Toucan, Montezuma Oropendola , Ocellated Turkeys, Black-faced Anti-thrush and Orange-breasted Falcon The largely rainforested region of El Petén is the largest department of Guatemala; it occupies about a third of the country but contains only three percent of its population. This area produces wood, chewing gum, oil, pepper and other agricultural products, but its main income is from visitors coming to see the cradle of the Mayan civilization.

What is Uaxactun?

Uaxactun Archaeological Park is located close to Tikal and surrounded by 47 hectares of dense tropical rainforest. In addition to its unique natural beauty, this city was an important centre for the development of monumental art during the Preclassic Period (2000 BC – 250 AD). The Astronomical Observation Complex found in Uaxactun is still very important for the celebration of Maya ceremonies and rituals. Equinoxes and solstices are celebrated every year during the Uaxactun Festival.

What is las Guacamayas Biological Station?

This is an area included al Laguna del Tigre National Reserve and is the Biosfera Maya. Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas (EBG) is a facility essential for the conservation of the natural resources and cultural heritage of the southeastern of the Laguna Del Tigre National Park, within the Mayan Biosphere Reserve, located in Petén, Guatemala. Our main areas of work are: Conservation, biology research, community development, and environmentally and socially responsible tourism. This approach is based upon the principles of social and environmental responsibility, which is achieved by promoting the protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources in this important rainforest, as well as expanding the economic alternatives of the neighboring communities. The landscape consists of tropical rain forest in which are species like the Scarlet Macaw (Ara Macao Cyanoptera), Jaguars (Pantera Onca), Tapirs (Tapirus Bairdii), as well as a great variety of resident and migratory birds, reptiles and amphibians. These are also mixed wetlands in the upper basin of the river San Pedro Martir which play a fundamental role in the regulation the hydro-biological cycle, crucial to maintaining the reserves of the country's largest source of freshwater.

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Tour Facts

  • Caribbean
  • Birds
  • 4 to 12 birders
  • 7 days
  • October to April
  • Moderate
  • English & Spanish
  • Guatemala City
  • Guatemala City