Antigua Guatemala Birding Tour

Daily Tour 1 day
Antigua Guatemala Tour Guide: Birdwatching Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala Birding Tour

Antigua Guatemala (World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO), attracts travelers to its cobblestone avenues by a high number.

There are several activities for the vacationer to enjoy while vacationing in Antigua. The city itself includes a wealth of churches and ruins that enable you to experience a cultural immersion inside of the Guatemalan culture and history.

Bird watching in Antigua Guatemala is an excellent opportunity to discover the world of the birds of Guatemala, offering, easy and exciting birding activities inside nature reserves and private properties located just 10 minutes from the main square or 1 hour from Guatemala City.

Antigua Guatemala, Important Bird Area (IBA – GT016 ) is situated mainly within the volcanic chain around Antigua Guatemala (Agua, Acatenango, the active Fuego, and Pacaya volcanoes); the altitude of this unique birding destination goes from 500 to 3,900 meters above sea level. The land is covered by diverse habitats such as farmland, forestry, coffee, avocado, medlar, and macadamia plantations, some pasture land, montane broadleaf, evergreen and pine-oak forest, among other.

Antigua Guatemala, one – day birding trip is a very attractive offer with a high degree of regional endemism located within the North Central American Highlands Zone.


at the hotel or lodging address provided in your tour confirmation.

  • Round trip Private transportation
  • Entrance Fees to parks and nature reserves
  • Breakfast
  • Purified water
  • Bird watching specialist tour guide (English- Spanish speaking)
  • Checklist of the birds of Guatemala

  • Tips


During our day birding trip to Antigua Guatemala will visit different ecosystems and reserves where you could spot a substantial number of bird species such as:

  • Green-throated Mountain-gem (Lampornis viridipallens)
  • Rufous Sabrewing (Campylopterus rufus)
  • White-eared Hummingbird (Basilinna leucotis)
  • Gray Silky-flycatcher (Ptiliogonys cinereus)
  • Blue-throated Motmot (Aspatha gularis)
  • Prevost’s Ground Sparrow (Melozone biarcuata)
  • Black-capped Swallow (Atticora pileate)
  • Rufous-browed Wren (Troglodytes rufociliatus)
  • Blue-and-white Mockingbird (Melanotis hypoleucus)
  • Brown-backed Solitaire (Myadestes occidentalis)
  • Black-vented Oriole (Icterus wagleri)
  • Golden-browed Warbler (Basileuterus belli)
  • Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra)
  • Singing Quail (Dactylortyx thoracicus)
  • Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox)
  • Among other.

Antigua Guatemala Birding Tour

Meet and Greet for One – day birding trips:

Our uniformed birding tour guide and driver will pick you up (and drop off), at the hotel or lodging address provided in your tour confirmation.
Departure time

Birding departures will be established according to season and birding destination.

Packing Ideas – What to bring?

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

Birdwatch with limited time.

Flexibility is the key!

Do not worry, take a note that Birdwatching Guatemala is a tailor made birding company that offers birding excursions, starting from the most significant travel destinations, so let us know where you are, and your requirements, we can customize a personal birding trip for you

1 Review

  1. N T
    11:46 pm - August 26, 2019 / Reply

    Half Day Birding Outside of Antigua

    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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