The Quetzal Quest Birding & Nature Tour
3 days / 2 nights
Availability: All year round
Fascinate birding adventure in the cloud forest of Guatemala visiting, the biological Corridor of the Resplendent Quetzal, The Quetzal Biotope, Los Ranchitos Reserve, Lanquin caves and Semuc Champey.
Day 1: Cloud Forest – El Quetzal Biotope
Day 1: Cloud Forest – Los Ranchitos – Lanquin
Day 3: Semuc Champey – Antigua Guatemala
- All breakfasts
- Indicated meals
- Tour Guide specialized in bird watching
The Quetzal Biotope
This protected area was established in 1976 with the main objective to protect the Guatemala’ national bird the resplendent Quetzal and the cloud forest habitat.
Some of the species that inhabit this biotope are: Highland Guan, Magnificent Hummingbird, Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Resplendent Quetzal, Bushy- crested Jay, Hooded Jay, Black – throated Jay, Black Robin and Chestnut – headed Oropendola.
Located in the buffer zone of the Quetzal Biotope this destination proposes an effortless opportunity to observe the resplendent quetzal and another species such as Highland Guan, Violet Sabrewing, Bushy – crested Jay, Black Robin, and Chestnut – headed Oropendola among others.
The reserve promotes the conservation of the Quetzal´s habitat and is also a member of the Cloud Forest Biological Corridor Association.
Semuc Champey – Lanquin Caves
Champey is located 11km to the south of Lanquin, in a valley with steep walls, surrounded by tropical humid forest. There is a 300mts. long limestone bridge, on top of which there are several natural pools of different sizes, filled with crystalline mountain spring water.
Underneath the bridge is the Cahabon River. At the end of the bridge, the water from the pools falls rejoining the river, forming a 40ft waterfall.
The color of the water changes during the year depending on the season, sun and other natural factors, making for unique picture-taking opportunities in this a beautiful place.
Semuc Champey has a diversity of flora and fauna, including 90 species of birds, 34 mammals, 25 reptiles and amphibians; and 10 species of fish. There are more than 120 species of trees and shrubs.
Some of the species reported in this area are: Great Tinamou, Muscovy Duck, Little-blue Heron, American Bittern, Swallow-tailed Kite, Great-black Hawk, Common-black Hawk, Gray Hawk, White Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Hook-billed Kite, Collared-forest Falcon, Bat Falcon, Plain Chachalaca, Crimson-collared Tanager, Blue-gray Tanager, Yellow-winged Tanager, Red-legged Honeycreeper among others.