The Birds of Guatemala – Lowlands
Led by Maynor Ovando
9 days / 8 nights
Availability: All year round
Resume of Program:
- Day 1: Arrival – Flight to Flores
- Day 2: Las Guacamayas Biological Station
- Day 3: El Peru Park and Las Guacamayas Biological Station
- Day 4: Las Guacamayas – Tikal National Park
- Day 5: Tikal Full day
- Day 6: Yaxha National Park – Guatemala City – Antigua Guatemala
- Day 7: Antigua Guatemala
- Day 8: Tecpan & Iximche Archaeological Site
- Day 9: Back Home
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Availability May 20th to November 30th, 2017
- All lodging as per itinerary sharing room with en-suite facilities
- All meals from dinner day 1 to breakfast 9
- Ground transportation mentioned in the itinerary, 4X4 where is necessary
- Boat transportation for Las Guacamayas Biological station
- Round Trip Airline tickets Guatemala – Flores – Guatemala Via TAG Airline
- Birdwatching specialized local tour guide full time from day 1 – 8
- Local guides in each destination
- Check List
- Reserve and parks entrance fees
- Hotel taxes
- International flights
- Airport departure tax (Q20 per person each way, about US$3.00)
- Difference in price of hotel accommodation on holidays (Holly week, Christmas and New Year season)
- Travel Insurance
- Telephone calls, laundry or any other items of personal nature
- Tips to drivers and guides
- Non specified services
Day 1: Flight to Flores (Unguided)
17:15 HRS. Domestic flight from Guatemala City to Flores
18:00 HRS. Meet & greet at Flores airport and transfer to your hotel (15 minutes)
Dinner and lodging at Hotel in Flores
Note: You should arrive in Guatemala International Airport not later than 14:00 hrs. to take domestic flight to Flores at 17:15 hrs.
Day 2: Las Guacamayas Biological Station
Enjoy this fascinating birding tour in the Scarlet macaw´s sanctuary and prepare to discover the natural world of more than 260 species of resident’s birds.With an abundant wildlife such as spider monkeys and howler monkeys (
With an abundant wildlife such as spider monkeys and howler monkeys (saraguate), occasionally tapirs, crocodiles, and a great variety of birds, among those we can mention the scarlet macaw, toucans, blue herons, parakeets, and many more…
6:00 am. Leave from Flores and then continue for a trip of approximately 3 – 6 hrs. The whole road proposes great birding opportunity where we can watch some birds in open areas, secondary forest and ponds, such as Flycatchers, Hawks, Herons and Kingfishers among other.
Arrival to the community of Paso Caballos, here we will board a boat that will carry us through the San Pedro River towards Las Guacamayas Biological Station (aprox.20 minutes). Birding on route, here we can find out species such as Herons, Kingfishers, Limpkin, Parrots, Grey-necked Wood-rail, Northern Jacana and many more.
At your arrival, you will be received by the EBG staff and they will give an introduction on the activities of the station, solid waste management, research programs, conservation and social projection.
Lunch and afternoon birding tour around the base station ending at Las Guacamayas lookout.
Dinner and lodging at las Guacamayas Biological Station
Day 3: El Peru Archaeological Site
5:00 am. Time for a coffee (breakfast on route) We will board our boat for a birding tour through San Pedro River and then the archaeological site El Peru, where we will visit the most important nesting area of the scarlet macaw (Ara Macaw) in Guatemala and we can find interesting species such as Ocellated Turkey; Bat Falcon; Scarlet Macaw; Black-and-White Owl; Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Lovely Cotinga, Rose-throated Tanager; Green-Backed Sparrow, among others.
Note: Scarlet Macaws are possible to spot from February to May
Late lunch and rest in the afternoon (Optional artisanal fishing tour in San Pedro River)
Nighttime aquatic excursion: Explores the stream Sacluc, our experienced guide accompanies us for the nighttime aquatic tour. With the support of a flashlight, our guide illuminates the nighttime creatures that live here, including the crocodile petenero (Crocodylus moreletii), bats, birds and more.
Dinner and Lodging at Las Gucamayas Biological Station
Day 4: Las Guacamayas / Tikal National Park
5:00 am. Time for a coffee and birding tour through the biological station
Breakfast and transfer from EBG to Tikal National Park
Lunch in El Remate and then continue to Tikal National park for a Sunset Birding tour
Dinner and lodging at Tikal National Park
Day 5: Tikal National Park
Early birdwatching Tour within Tikal National Park, Tikal is part of the nucleus areas of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, with a high level of conservation activities and research.The monuments, remnants of the ancient Maya culture located in the middle of luscious jungles, are ideal places for birdwatching where we will find interesting species such as Ocellated turkey, orange-breasted falcon, Yucatan Jay, Black Catbird, Rose-throated Tanager, Great Curassow, White-fronted Parrot; Mealy Parrot, Crested Eagle, ,Slaty-tailed Trogon, Keel-billed Toucan, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher; White-bellied Wren, Montezuma Oropendola and many hummingbirds among others.
The monuments, remnants of the ancient Maya culture located in the middle of luscious jungles, are ideal places for birdwatching where we will find interesting species such as Ocellated turkey, orange-breasted falcon, Yucatan Jay, Black Catbird, Rose-throated Tanager, Great Curassow, White-fronted Parrot; Mealy Parrot, Crested Eagle, ,Slaty-tailed Trogon, Keel-billed Toucan, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher; White-bellied Wren, Montezuma Oropendola and many hummingbirds among others.During migratory season flocks of warblers, tanagers and others
During migratory season flocks of warblers, tanagers and others makes this destination a fantastic tropical paradise.
Day 6: Yaxha National Park / Antigua Guatemala
After breakfast transfer to Yaxha National Park, and then we will start our birding tour through trails and causeways of this fantastic reserve located at the shores of lake of the same name. The forests inside are very well-preserved. The Yaxha Lagoon is one of the most important water systems in the Maya Biosphere.
This Location in the middle of a tropical rainforest have reported 150 birds’ species, 40 species of mammals, 14 amphibious, 45 reptiles, and 22 species of fish.
Here we can find species such as Crane Hawk, Pale-billed Woodpecker, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Sulphur- rumped Flycatcher, Brown Jay, Tawny-crowned Greenlet, Blue Bunting and many more.
Afternoon transfer to Flores Airport in time to take your domestic flight to Guatemala City
18:30 hrs, flight to Guatemala City (Flight not included)
19:30 hrs, meet & greet at the airport and transfer to Antigua Guatemala (1 hour)
Dinner in local restaurant
Day 7: Antigua Guatemala
Early in the morning transfer to San Cristobal el Alto to start the birding day tour. Breakfast in a local restaurant with a stunning views of the volcanoes.Then continue birdwatching at Finca El Pilar located 10 minutes away from Antigua. This private area protects habitat ranging from 5000 to 8000 ft elevation, including
Then continue birdwatching at Finca El Pilar located 10 minutes away from Antigua. This private area protects habitat ranging from 5000 to 8000 ft elevation, including dry forest in the lower altitudes, and oak-pine and cloud forest at higher elevations.
Day 8: Tecpan day tour
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.
Afternoon tour at Iximche Archaeological site. Iximché was a Maya Cakchiquel city founded in 1463, less than a century before the arrival of the Spaniards, which played a decisive role in the Spanish conquest of this region of Guatemala. In gentle pine forests, you see the traces of this city. Even today, its four ceremonial plazas with their temples and ball court host worship ceremonies for the gods.
Day 9: Back home (Unguided)
Transfer to the airport in time to catch your international flight back home
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