Aguateca Birding Tour

Birdwatching Aguateca:


An archaeological marvel nestled amid the Guatemalan rainforest, is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Deep within the rainforest, approximately 15 kilometers from Sayaxche and near the Petexbatun stream, this archaeological site has become a favored spot for bird enthusiasts owing to its remarkable avian species.

With over 200 recorded bird species, the site is a haven for bird lovers. Its location within the rainy tropical rainforest biome contributes to its lush surroundings, teeming with abundant flora and fauna.

Furthermore, the site’s verdant vegetation and diverse topography make it an ideal destination for birdwatching, as different bird species are attracted to various environments.

The dense jungle canopy shelters many toucans, parrots, and trogons. At the same time, the neighboring rivers and streams entice waterfowl, kingfishers, and herons.

Embarking along the nearby rivers is one of the best ways to explore the birdlife.

This captivating experience offers travelers the opportunity to witness a multitude of characteristic regional birds.

Visitors can glide along the waterways by canoe or motorized boat, immersing themselves in the birds’ natural habitat.

Of course, Aguateca’s main allure lies in its archaeological splendor.


This ancient Mayan city, dating back to the Late Classic period of the Maya civilization (AD 600-900), showcases remarkable engineering and design.

Perched on a natural limestone plateau overlooking the Petexbatun River, the site takes full advantage of the surrounding topography.

Temples, palaces, and ball courts await exploration, providing a glimpse into the daily lives of the Maya people who once thrived in this area.

In conclusion, Aguateca offers a captivating experience for all types of adventurers.

Whether you are a devoted birdwatcher, an archaeology enthusiast, or someone who revels in nature and adventure, this extraordinary site in the heart of the Guatemalan rainforest will enchant and inspire you.

Book This Tour

    Talk to a Travel Advisor
    At the hotel or lodging address provided in your tour confirmation
    • Availability: All Year Round
    • Tour Duration: One Day
    • You Will Visit: Ceibal National Park
    • Round Trip Private Transportation by Land and Boat Ride
    • Entrance Fees to Archaeological Site
    • Lunch
    • Purified Water
    • Bird watching specialist tour guide (English- Spanish speaking)
    • Tips
    • Other expenses not specified on the itinerary

    Birdwatch with limited time.

    Flexibility is the key!


    Do not worry; remember that Birdwatching Guatemala is a tailor-made birding company that offers birding excursions, starting from the most significant travel destinations.

    Let us know where you are and your requirements. We can customize a personal birding trip for you.

    Species that you cans spot in  Aguateca are:


    • Bat Falcon
    • Wedge-tailed Sabrewing
    • Keel-billed Toucan
    • Red-capped Manakin
    • Golden-cheeked Warbler
    • Crimson-collared Tanager
    • Montezuma Oropendola
    • Among others.
      Packing Ideas – What to bring?


      • Small backpack
      • Binoculars
      • Camera
      • Mosquito repellent
      • Sun cream
      • Hiking shoes
      • Raincoat

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