Guatemala - Undiscovered Central America Intro

TOUR OVERVIEW

Guatemala is truly something special with stunning scenery, friendly people, superb food, wonderful accommodation and some fantastic wildlife, not to mention the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal. Located in the heart of Central America, this small Central American country encompasses a wide variety of ecosystems from both Southern Mexico and Central America. More than 720 bird species have been reported in Guatemala with about 370 of them known to breed. This is THE place to find the mythical Horned Guan and our guides have a great site where a rather steep walk of between just 1 - 3 hours will take you to the prime location to see this extraordinary bird. Other key birds to entice even the most travelled of birders include the amazing Pink-headed Warbler, which are not only fabulous to look at but are actually quite easy to find in the right habitat. Other key species include Blue-throated Motmot, Resplendent Quetzal, Lesser Roadrunner, Belted Flycatcher, Scarlet Macaw, Ocellated Turkey, Yucatan Poorwill, Wine-throated Hummingbird, Goldman's Warbler, Azure-rumped Tanager, Grey-throated Chat, Hooded Grosbeak and Orange-breasted Falcon, which can be seen perched on the Mayan ruins at Tikal National Park. Mammals include Black Howler Monkeys and Central American Spider Monkey, plus Tayra and a host of cats such as Ocelot, Margay and even Jaguar. Morelet's Crocodile can be seen in some of the rivers and butterflies, dragonflies and a wealth of flora abound. Guatemala offers a world full of contrasts, colonial cities, jungles, volcanoes and archaeological sites but most of all exceptional birding. Join us in what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries in Central America.

Sat 16th November - Sun 1st December 

KEY SPECIES

Here are just a few of the key species we will be targetting on this tour:

  • Horned Guan
  • Ocellated Turkey
  • Great Currasow
  • White-bellied Chachalaca
  • Sungrebe
  • Ocellated Quail
  • Ornate Hawk-Eagle
  • Orange-breasted Falcon
  • Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl
  • Fulvous Owl
  • Mexican Whip-poor-Will
  • Yucatan Poorwill
  • Yucatan Woodpecker
  • Mountain Trogon
  • Resplendant Quetzal
  • Blue-throated Motmot
  • Tody Motmot
  • Agami Heron
  • Highland Guan
  • Scarlet Macaw         
  • Pacific Parakeet
  • Rufous Sabrewing
  • White-eared Hummingbird
  • Wine-throated Hummingbird
  • Grey-throated Chat
  • Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo
  • Black Catbird
  • Blue-and-white Mockingbird    
  • Black-capped Swallow
  • Grey Silky-Flycatcher
  • Belted Flycatcher
  • Red-capped Manakin
  • Black-headed Nightingale-Thrush     
  • Rufous-collared Thrush
  • Rufous-collared Robin
  • Bushy-crested Jay
  • Black-throated Jay
  • Pink-headed Warbler
  • Goldman's Warbler
  • Hooded Grosbeak
  • White-faced Ground-Sparrow
  • Azure-rumped Tanager
Resplendant Quetzal

Leaders:  Zoothera Leader and local bird guides.  

Ground Price:  £3725.00  Guatemala City / Guatemala City

Airfare: £650 - 850.00 (Approx) - UK/UK

Single supplement: £350.00

Deposit: £500.00

Group size: Minimum for tour to go ahead 5 and maximum 10.

Included in cost: Accommodation in twin rooms en-suite, domestic flights, all meals including picnic lunches, bottled water, snacks all park entrance fees, all transport throughout, boat trips and services of leaders.  

Not included: International airfare, insurance, visa fee, drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature.

Accommodation: The hotels used during this tour range from standard to good, all with en-suite facilities. We will stay in the best available lodges/hotels as close to the birding sites as possible.