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Mountains & Rainforest Tour - 13 Days

Mountains & Rainforest Tour
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This 13 day Guatemala Birding tour to register the must-see species in the highlands of Guatemala such as Pink-headed Warbler, Horned Guan and Tangara Cabanisi, among others.

Day 1
Day 01

Meet & greet at the International Airport La Aurora (Guatemala) and transportation to Antigua Guatemala

2 nights of Lodging in Antigua Guatemala

Day 2
Day 2

Morning birdwatching at Finca El Pilar located 10 minutes away from Antigua. The vegetation of this reserve is mainly constituted by coffee, pine and oaks, settle at an altitudinal range from 1,710 to 9,500 feet above sea level.

One of the main attractions in El Pilar farm is in the zone of hummingbird’s feeders where it is possible to spot a wide variety of hummingbird’s species that inhabit the area feeding oneself at the same time which represents a great opportunity for birdwatchers.

Lunch in a local restaurant in Antigua

14:00 hrs, you will start the thrilling cultural tour of Antigua visiting the magnificent churches, ruins and museums that combined with the old cobbled streets keep the stories and legends of those colonial times that undoubtedly you will enjoy and which will make your morning unforgettable. We will be visiting the most important areas of Antigua like La Merced Church, Central Park, the Santa Catalina Martir famous Arch of the 5th Avenue, and much more.

Some of the birds that you can spot at this destination are:

Rufous Sabrewing, Green-throated Mountain-Gem, Bushy-crested Jay, Hooded Grosbeak, Elegant Euphonia, Singing Quail, Golden-crowned Warbler, Bar-winged Oriole, among others.

Day 3
Day 3

6:00 am. Departure from Antigua Guatemala toward Tecpan area

Breakfast in Tecpan

Bird watching tour In Tecpan Reserve where you will find interesting endemic species of the north Central American highlands like Pink-headed Warbler, Blue-throated Motmot, and Rufous-browed Wren.

During migratory (winter) season you will find Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Black-and-White, and Red-faced Warblers together with the resident Slate-throated Redstart, Pink-headed, Crescent-chested, and Olive Warbler, as well as Hutton’s Vireo.

Midday transfer to Todos Santos Cuchumatanes, there will be few birding spots along the way

Day 4
Day 4

Morning transfer to Todos Santos National Park in the quest of Goldman’s Warbler, this specie will be our first endemic specie and is located in small area in Huehuetenango and easy to spot in this park

Midday transfer to Quetzaltenango and birdwatching in the afternoon at Los Vados area

Some of the birds that you can spot at this destination are:

Goldman’s Warbler, Yellow-eyed Junco, Ocellated Quail, Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl, Spotted Towhee, Black-capped Siskin, Ocellated Quail, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Pink-headed Warbler, Olive Warbler, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, among others.

Day 5
Day 5

Morning birdwatching in the very humid sub-tropical forest at Fuentes Georginas, in addition to being a great birding destination Fuentes Georginas is a hot spring with developed pools. Here we hope to spot Horned Guan, Wine-throated and Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Cinnamon-bellied flower piercing, Mexican violetear (Former Green violetear) and Guatemalan Pigmy Owl.

After lunch transfer to Los Tarrales Private Reserve and birdwatching around the lodge in the afternoon

Day 6
Days 6

Time for Coffee and transfer to Vesubio area in the quest of Azure-rumped tanager, Rufous Sabrewing, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Tody Motmot, Quails and doves among other species of the highlands. Breakfast at the place (boxed breakfast).

Lunch

Afternoon birding tour around La Laguneta, this area offers good opportunity to find out species such as White-bellied Chachalaca, Yellow-naped Parrot, and Rufous-breasted Spinetail among others.

Day 7
Day 7

Time for coffee and transfer to La Rinconada area where is possible to find species such as Long-tailed Manakin, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Rufous-naped Wren among other.

Breakfast at the place (boxed breakfast).

Midday transfer to Lake Atitlan and afternoon birdwatching around the lodge.

Day 8
Days 8

Early boat ride toward San Pedro La Laguna where we will climb San Pedro Volcano in the quest of Horned Guan and other interesting species such as Prevost’s Ground-sparrow, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Slender Sheartail, Rufous Sabrewing Violet Sabrewing, Bushy-crested Jay, Olive-sided Towhee, Chesnut-sided Shrike-vireo, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Mountain Trogon, Bar-winged Oriole and Ocellated Quail among others.

Day 9
Day 9

Morning birdwatching around the Lake and El Rey Tepepul Park.

Midday transfer to El Rancho.

Afternoon birdwatching in the dry scrub forest

Day 10
Day 10

Morning birdwatching at National Park Lo de China (Caparral or Thorn Dry Scrub Biome).

This natural reserve is located in the municipality of El Jícaro in El Progreso and protects a very fragile and threatened biome of the country.

Located in the central valleys of Guatemala, between 700 and 1000 meters above the sea level, with an average of 600 mm of annual rainfall; It is characterized by the abundance of cactus and thorn plants.

Some birds associated with this ecosystem are: Lesser Roadruner, Rosset-crowned Motmot, White-lored Gnatcatcher, Streak-backed Oriole, Lesseer Ground-Cuckoo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Stripe-headed Sparrow, Streak-Backed Oriole, Ash-throated Fly-catcher, Altamira Oriole and Turquoise-browed Motmot.

Midday transfer to El Quetzal Biotope for birdwatching in the afternoon.

Day 11
Day 11

Morning birdwatching at Ranchitos del Quetzal and try to spot the Quetzal and other interesting species.

After lunch transfer to Guatemala City.

Some of the birds that you can spot at this destination are:

Resplendent Quetzal, Highland Guan, Unicolored Jay, White-faced Quail-Dove, Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Northern Emerald-Toucanet, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, among others.

Day 12
Day 12

Breakfast and transfer to La Aurora International Airport in time to catch your international flight back Home.

End of our services!!!

What is included?

  • All lodging as per itinerary sharing room with en-suite facilities
  • All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 9 (2 soft drinks per meal included)
  • Ground transportation mentioned in the itinerary,
  • Boat transportation at Ria Lagartos
  • Collective ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel round trip
  • Birdwatching specialized tour guide full time from day 1 – 9
  • Local guides in each destination
  • Check List
  • Reserve and parks entrance fees
  • Hotel taxes

What is not included?

Wildlife Reviews
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  1. Half Day Birding Outside of Antigua
    Matthew Tuck06 Mar 2018
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    My husband and I spent a half-day birding with Aaron and Lester de Leon from Martsam Travel near San Cristobal and at Finca El Pilar. The sites were about 30 minutes from our hotel in Antigua. Aaron and Lester picked us up right on time and Aaron drove carefully on the bumpy road, through hillside villages and road construction crews, towards the Agua volcano to San Cristobal El Alto and Finca El Pilar. We had never birded in Guatemala, so almost all of the 50 or so species we saw were new to us. Both young men were enthusiastic and generous with their knowledge of birds and butterflies. They were excellent spotters, both by ear and sight, and respectful of the birds. Our list included: Black vulture, sharp-shinned hawk, white-winged dove, Inca dove, collared trogan, blue-throated mot mot, emerald toucanet, acorn woodpecker, green-fronted woodpecker, golden-olive woodpecker, paltry tyrranulet, tufted flycatcher, Hammond's flycatcher, yellowish flycatcher, rose-throated becard, blue-headed vireo, brown-capped vireo, bushy-crested jay, Stellar's jay, black-capped swallow, bushtit, rufous-browed wren, band-backed wren, brown-backed solitaire, clay-colored thrush, blue-and-white mockingbird, worm-eating warbler, black-and-white warbler, crescent-chested warbler, MacGillivray's warbler, Townsend's warbler, rufous-capped warbler, Wilson's warbler, red-faced warbler, slate-throated redstart, white-naped brushfinch, white-eared ground sparrow, white-faced sparrow and white-winged tanager. And at Finca El Pilar's hummingbird feeders: Rivoli's hummingbird, green-throated mountain gem, rufous sabrewing, azure-crowned hummingbird, berylline hummingbird, white-eared hummingbird and a ferruginous pygmy owl near the parking lot. It was a luxury for us to have guides spotting for us. I really recommend hiring Aaron and his brother Lester instead of wasting time on your own. We would have missed 80% of the birds while we tried to identify them – even after studying our guide beforehand. Their English is excellent, as well, by the way. I also recommend the restaurant where we stopped for a snack and rest, Cerro San Cristobal, for farm-to-table cuisine and a stupendous view.

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