Bird Watching on Guatemala's Caribbean Coast
A 9-day Caribbean Coast Guatemala Bird Watching Tour that is available on request and taken at a leisurely pace to give you the best opportunity to enjoy the area around the ancient Mayan site of Tikal and Las Guacamayas Biological Station.
This birding tour begins in the Petén area of Guatemala and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal, part of the Mayan biosphere. Aside from the opportunity to explore this important archaeological site and its amazing pyramids you can look out for Keel-billed Toucans, Ocellated Turkeys, Orange-breasted Falcons and numerous breeds of parrot and parakeet. The view from the top of the pyramids offers a spectacular backdrop for photos of birds in flight, but it's a tough climb.
From Tikal, this Guatemala birdwatching tour transfers to Las Guacamayas Biological Station in the Laguna del Tigre National Park and then by boat to the Waka Perú archaeological site, taking in grasslands and wetlands en route. Among the rich diversity of bird life in the area are the Gray-headed Tanager, Blue-crowned Motmot, Crested Guan, Wood Stork, all five kingfisher species – Amazon, Green, Pygmy, Ringed and Belted – and possibly even the elusive Scarlet Macaw.
If you're interested in an extension, you can combine this with our Guatemala Birding in the Highlands & Volcanoes Tour to create a 16-day adventure that will give you the opportunity to truly explore the region's varied bird life in a range of habitats.
Caribbean Coast Guatemala Bird Watching Tour highlights include:
- A leisurely pace to afford the best opportunities to take perfect photographs
- The area has a rich diversity of bird life, including such rare and unique species as Scarlet Macaws and Orange-breasted Falcons
- Visits to the Laguna del Tigre National Park and Las Guacamayas Biological Station
- Opportunity to explore the ancient Mayan cities of Tikal and Waka Perú
Keen to focus on photographing the birds you see on your Guatemala bird watching trip? Why not try the specialist Tecpan Photography Trip Guatemala?
Alternative tour name: Birding & Mayan Cultural Tour of Guatemala
The first day is always where you do not know what to expect, Guatemala is a Biodiversity country and you will arrive at the International Airport of La Aurora, like other airports in the area. You will be meet and greet, then take you to your Hotel to rest from your international trip. Next morning you will wake very early morning to take another flight to the Caribbean area of Peten.
Arriving at the International Airport of Mundo Maya, Peten you will be transfer to TIKAL but not after starting your day with some photographic opportunities of birds shoots.
Have breakfast and enjoy the birds pose for the great and perfect photo.
Your will arrive at the Tikal Visitor Center and check in at the lodge for a nice afternoon photo shooting in the outskirts of the lodge.
Lodge at Tikal. Night go look for owls.
Birding Tikal is magical. You will be at the premier site of classical period Maya, one of the most mystical and important cultural sites in the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Some of the pyramids are over 200 feet tall, and yes, you can climb them. 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.
Picture mornings with flocks of parrots flying by and stopping to sit in big emergent tree. They could be Olive-throated (Aztec) Parakeet, Brown-hooded, White-crowned, White-fronted, Red-lored, or perhaps Mealy parrots. There is amazing diversity here including tinamous, motmots, aracaris, jacamars, puff birds, leaf tossers, anti-thrushes, and the odd Northern Royal Flycatcher. One specialty is the Orange-breasted Falcon, a rare tropical falcon that overtime has chosen to nest in one of the Mayan Temples. These fantastic raptors are not only gorgeous; they are rare and endangered. They require large tracts of forest to find food, and cliffs (or temples) to nest on. We will concentrate on finding a wide variety of birds while here, specifically the Orange-breasted Falcon, and of course we will take time to learn about the site, the Maya and the history of this amazing place. An experienced archaeological guide will accompany us.
Today you will be transfer from Tikal area to the Las Guacamayas Biological Station this is an extremely rich and rewarding area to go birding.
Las Guacamayas Biological Station 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.
On the way to Las Guacamayas we need to go to Paso Caballos, where we pass grasslands and lowland seasonally flooded forests called tintal forest (locally named “bajos”). In the grasslands, we can easily spot Vermilion and Fork-tailed flycatchers and may spot a skulking Bare-throated Tiger Heron. In the stretch of road next to the bajos, we will hear and possibly see the White-bellied and Spot-breasted wrens, Yucatan Jay and Yellow-billed Cacique. Access to the Guacamayas Research Station is by boat along the San Pedro River, as is the trip farther on to the Waka Peru archaeological site.
The wetland habitats along the river banks are more extensive than in nearby areas frequented by birders. Along the river, we may see Amazon and Green kingfishers, Mangrove Swallows and Black-collared Hawk. Despite serious deforestation in the western Petén, the area of Laguna del Tigre National Park near Paso Caballos and Waka Peru is an area of fantastic lowland tropical forest, a place where a Crested Guan may call from the trees, or where a Great Curassow may walk across the trail. Jaguars are here, although difficult to see.
Another marvelous day at Las Guacamayas!
At least eight species of woodcreepers are found here, as well as huge Lineated and Pale-billed woodpeckers, several species of trogons, Blue-crowned Motmot and a myriad of wintering migratory warblers and tropical flycatchers. But the prize bird is the fantastic Gray-headed Tanager. Scarlet Macaw, not common in the Petén, yet this is one of the best areas to find it at certain times of the year.
At Las Guacamays 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.
Morning spent on the lodge near where the hummingbird feeders are to have a chance to photo some birds.
After lunch transfer to the Airport directly from Las Guacamayas.
Lodge at Guatemala City.
At a convenient time, transfer to the International La Aurora Airport, Guatemala City.
Wildlife species expected to see:
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Ocellated Turkey, Keel-billed Toucan, Pale -billed Woodpecker, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Orange-breasted Falcon, Crested Guan, Wood Stork, Snail Kite, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Agami Heron, Scarlett Macaw, Purple-crowned Fairy, Long-billed Hermit, Green-breasted Mango, Black-collared Hawk, Groove-billed Ani and all 5 KINGFISHER species in Guatemala : Amazon, Green, Pygmy, Ringed and Belted
What is included?
- 8 night Hotel Accommodations double occupancy
- Transportation as per itinerary
- Entrance fees
- English speaking Tour Escort Guide professional photographer
- 7 days Meals (breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
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) when needed.
- Additional charges for Peak Season Holy Week and Christmas Holidays)
- Tips to drivers and guides
- Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"
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.
Tikal is now an historical site, but imagine that at one time about 90,000 people lived there. Tikal’s political and military influence extended through a large portion of what is now Central America. It certainly is one of the most spectacular Mayan sites. This is a wonder of the world, but fortunately for naturalists, there is forest with many birds and so much other wildlife. Picture mornings with flocks of parrots flying by and stopping to sit in big emergent tree.
Scientific research program is an important pillar of Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas and the primary reason for our existence into Laguna del Tigre National Park. Within the rainforest where Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas is located, there are many species of important biological and conservational significance, including the Scarlet Macaw (Ara Macao Cyanoptera), Jaguar (Panthera Onca), the wild pig (Tayassu Pecari), the Petén Crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii), the white turtle (Dermatemys Mawii), Tapirs (Tapirus bairdii), and a wide variety of other species of fauna and flora. Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas is of interest to many researchers working with wild fauna or flora. Priorities for research in Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas are included research on climate change, the toxicity of rivers (San Pedro, Sacluc and San Juan), and the growth rates of rainforest trees. Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas provides the necessary infrastructure and a comfortable working environment for all scientists. We also have trained staff available to assist investigators.
Every one of us has the photography and creativity sense, if you have a camera you can come but you might get bored. This tour is for those that love photography and never fill that they are done photographing.... you can always take a better picture!!