Birding tours in Guatemala


With an area of 109.000 sq km, Guatemala, slightly smaller than England offers a high diversity of ecosystems. This central American  country is divided by a chain of high mountains (4211 m) and volcanoes.  The Caribbean lowlands are the richest area, with tropical moist forest in the south and tropical dry forest in the north. On the pacific side, more deforested, tropical dry forest gives place to more humid habitat in the foothills.
During the tour, we will visit all major habitats, from the cloud forest and mixed pine-oak highland forest (center highlands) to lowlands rain forest (Tikal archeological Maya site in the heart of tropical moist forest).

  • more than 730 bird species
  • 33 regional endemics

13 days bird watching tour (Highlands endemics and Tikal)


Customized birding tours can be planned for groups or individuals.

[ Please contact us for detailed itinerary]


Visited sites and areas  (see map)  


Cerro Alux: Mixed highland forest (pine-oak, pine-cypress-alder-oak), 2200m.
Blue-throated Motmot, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Black-capped Swallow, Rufous-browed Wren, Rufous-collared Thrush, Brown-backed Solitaire, Violet Sabrewing, Rufous Sabrewing, Blue-tailed Hummingbird, Green Violet-ear, Azure-crowned Hummingbird, White-eared Hummingbird…

El Pilar private reserve: tropical dry forest, mixed highland forest, from 1900m to 2400m.
Highland Guan, Green-throated Mountain-gem, Mountain Trogon, Bushy-crested Jay, Emerald Toucanet, Spotted Woodcreeper, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Crescent-chested Warbler, Red-faced Warbler, White-faced Quail-Dove, Greater Pewee, Grey Silky Flycatcher, Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, Prevost’s Ground-Sparrow, White-napped Brush-Finch, Bar-winged Oriole, Elegant Euphonia…

Los Tarrales private reserve: semi-humid broadleaf forest, cloud forest. 700m to 2000m.
Horned Guan, White-bellied Chachalaca, Pacific Parakeet, Azure-rumped Tanager, Black-throated Jay, White-eared Ground-Sparrow, Bar-winged Oriole, Fulvous Owl…

Cerro Tecpan: Mixed highland forest (pine-oak, pine-cypress-alder-oak). 2000m to 3000m.
Blue-throated Motmot, Rufous-browed Wren, Rufous-collared Thrush, Black-capped Swallow, Pink-headed Warbler, Black-capped Siskin…

Motagua Valley: Thorn forest.
Lesser Ground-cuckoo, Lesser Roadrunner, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Russet-crowned Motmot, Bushy-crested Jay, White-throated Magpie-Jay, White-lored Gnatcatcher, Stripe-headed Sparrow, Streak-backed Oriole, Altamira Oriole…

Biotopo del Quetzal reserve: Cloud forest.1500m to 2300m.
Resplendent Quetzal, Highland Guan, Barred Parakeet, Unicolored Jay, Black-throated Jay, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Tufted Flycatcher, Pine Flycatcher, Spotted Nightingale-Thrush, Rufous-collared Thrush, Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer, Rufous-capped Warbler, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, Black-headed Siskin…

Tikal NP:  first Guatemalan National Park–­declared in 1955–to preserve the Mayan ruins and the extensive broadleaf forest.
Ocellated Turkey, Great Tinamou, King Vulture, Orange-breasted Falcon, White Hawk, Collared Forest-Falcon, Vermiculated Screech-Owl, Blue Ground-Dove, Mealy Parrot, Red-lored Parrot, White-bellied Emerald, Slaty-tailed Trogon, White-necked Puffbird, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Northern Barred Woodcreeper, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Mexican Antthrush, Red-capped Manakin, Rufous Mourner, Northern Royal Flycatcher, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Sulphur-rumped Flycatcher, White-bellied Wren, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Red-throated Ant-tanager, Grey-headed Tanager, Golden-hooded Tanager, Green-backed Sparrow, Black-faced Grosbeak, Yellow-backed Oriole…



by Steve N.G Howell and Sophie Webb (Oxford).



 + Documentation: Please check with consulate concerning current regulations and  requirements.
+ Health:
Consult your doctor or the Centers for Disease Control  like concerning health precautions and any injections that may be necessary to enter the area you will be visiting.
+ Infrastructure: Fair driving conditions on the main roads.
+ Language: Spanish.
+ Local time: GMT-6
+ Electricity: 110 volts. American sockets.
+ Currency: Quetzal, US DOLLAR accepted.
+ Climate: Tropical, Dry season: January to May.

Amazilia Tours provides an up-to-date check-list to each participant for daily reports.

 All lodging is provided in hotels or comfortable lodges, near to or on-site.
The tour prices include lodging in double rooms (a supplement if 15% is charged for single room accommodation), all meals, transportation within the country, guide and entrance fees for the national parks. These prices do not include: international flight, alcoholic drinks, personal spending, airport departure tax, tips and travel insurance (repatriation, luggage loss and flight cancellation …
(see terms and conditions).

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