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Guatemala Highland Getaways

Highlands and Mangroves

Guatemala Highland Getaways

9 days / 8 nights
Availability: All year round

The goal of this amazing birding tour is to register the rarest, regional endemic and unique species at the highlands of Guatemala such as Pink- headed Warbler, Horned Guan and the fantastic Azure-rumped Tanager at the center highlands and pacific coast respectively.

Resume of Program:

  • Day 1: Arrival – Antigua
  • Day 2: El Pilar Farm / Antigua Guatemala
  • Day 3: Antigua / Tecpan / Xela
  • Day 4: Fuentes Georginas / Tarrales
  • Day 5: Los Tarrales
  • Day 6: Los Tarrales / Atitlan Lake
  • Day 7: Lake Atitlan / San Pedro Volcano / Lake Atitlan
  • Day 8: Rey Tepepul / Guatemala City
  • Day 9: Back Home


NOTE: Our tours and birdwatching expeditions are a suggested birding ideas and can easily be customized to suite your travel dates, target, interest and budget…

We visit:

Day 1: Arrival (Unguided)

Meals: None

Meet and greet at la aurora international airport in Guatemala City and transfer to La Antigua Guatemala

Lodging in Antigua Guatemala

Day 2: Finca El Pilar / Antigua

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (without drinks)

Morning transfer to Finca El Pilar for a good birdwatching

Lunch in a local restaurant in Antigua Guatemala

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

Lodging in Antigua Guatemala

Day 3: Tecpan / Quetzaltenango  

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (without drinks)

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

During the 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 Quetzaltenango

Lodging in Quetzaltenango

Day 4: Fuentes Georginas / Los Tarrales Private Reserve

Meals: American breakfast, lunch, and dinner (without drinks)

Morning bird watching 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 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

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

2 nights of lodging at Los Tarrales Private Reserve

Day 5: Los Tarrales Private Reserve

Meals: American breakfast, lunch, and dinner (without drinks)

Time for Coffee and transfer to Vesuvio 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).

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 6: Los Tarrales / Lake Atitlan

Meals: American breakfast, lunch, and dinner (without drinks)

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.

Midday transfer to Lake Atitlan and birdwatching around the lodge,

2 nights of lodging at Santiago Atitlan

Day 7: San Pedro Volcano

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (without drinks)

Early morning 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.

Lunch will be served on the route (boxed lunch).

Day 8: Lake Atitlan / Guatemala City

Meals: Breakfast and lunch (without drinks)

Morning bird watching around the Lake and El Rey Tepepul Park and afternoon transfer to Guatemala City,

1 night of lodging in Guatemala City

Day 9: Back Home!!! (Unguided)

Breakfast and transfer to the airport in time to catch your international flight back home