For an informative overview of all our Northern Central America birding tours, see Northern Central America: Field Guides Tours.
Guatemala is a wonderful birding destination, with many avian specialties, beautiful scenery, a colorful culture (including the proud Mayan, perhaps the richest indigenous culture remaining in the New World), and some of the best coffee in the world. We combine all of these to give you a truly unforgettable experience.
For much of the tour we'll be based at shade-coffee plantations with wonderful native forest on their land. Where else can you wake up to a great breakfast at a friendly family-run finca, drink your morning cup of locally grown coffee, walk up superb and well-maintained trails, and then sit at benches specially set up for birders to watch for the rare Azure-rumped Tanager? And on the way back to lunch you could very well encounter a Resplendent Quetzal, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful birds in the world. The habitats we will visit are varied, from the cool pine-oak forests near Antigua and Fuentes Georginas (Pink-headed Warbler!) to humid tropical lowland forests near Retalhuleu ("Reu" for short).
We will also have a few cultural outings such as an afternoon guided walk around Antigua, a quick visit to the pre-Classic ruins of Abaj Takalik (where there is good birding, too), a boat trip across Lake Atitlan, and a coffee tour of Finca Las Nubes.
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If you would like a longer birding holiday, some departures of this tour may be combined with:
HONDURAS: LAND OF THE EMERALDS