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Birding Tours Guatemala

Birding Tours

Birding Tours

In 2004 Martsam Tour and Travel, launched Birding Expeditions, a new branch specialized in Birding, Nature and photography tours in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and Yucatan.

A professional Guatemalan Birdwatching Company specialized in customize birding tours for small groups and independent travelers.
For avid birdwatchers, we organize target trips based on their expectations, for a beginner birder we plan a personal and unique itinerary where you will be able to learn about the birds and our amazing natural world.

One of our specialties is the phenomenal combination between birding and culture in which we offer diverse opportunities to enjoy our cultural and natural treasures.

In our birding and cultural tours we will be immersed within Maya cities surrounded by fantastic tropical forest that inhabit abundant wildlife, such as Tikal and Yaxha in Guatemala, La Milpa and Caracol in Belize, Copan in Honduras and Coba in Yucatan, Mexico.

We will visit La Antigua Guatemala, Lake Atitlan, Active Volcanoes, and Mayan Markets. You also will have the opportunity to be in touch with our Maya live culture and their exquisite traditional crafts, textiles and customs.

Please feel free to contact us, and a group of local birdwatching experts will assist you step by step in customizing your birding adventure or helping with your inquiries about birds, destinations, lodging and technical questions about this fantastic bird paradise called The Mayan World.

Las Guacamayas Biological Station

The biological Station is a paradise for lovers of nature; the station base is located in the Laguna del Tigre National Park, at the banks of San Pedro River and near the Sacluc stream.

The ecosystems of the park include an extensive wetland complex and Mayan jungle with an abundant wildlife such as spider monkeys and howler monkeys (saraguate), occasionally Jaguars, tapirs, crocodiles, and a great variety of birds, among those, we can mention the scarlet macaw, toucans, blue herons, parakeets, and many more.

The Biological Station promotes the investigation of the biodiversity of the area and more than 300 bird species has been identified in this place such as Ocellated Turkey; Bat Falcon; Scarlet Macaw; Black-and-White Owl; Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Lovely Cotinga, Rose-throated Tanager; Green-Backed Sparrow among others.

Tikal National Park

Due the extraordinary and abundant natural and cultural richness Tikal was declared UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Tikal is part of the nucleus areas of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, with a high level of conservation activities.

The exuberant forest and the impressive temples remnants of the ancient Maya culture located in the middle of the Mayan jungle are ideal places for birdwatching.

Due to the rarity and number of species of fauna, Tikal is considered one of the most important areas in Guatemala; more than 400 species of birds have been recorded within Tikal National Park, including 30 birds of prey and 60 migratory species.

Rare species found nesting in Tikal include the orange-breasted falcon (Falco deiroleucus) and the Guiana crested eagle (Morphus guianensis), which makes Tikal one of the few nesting areas in Central America for these species. One can easily spot species such as the ocellated turkey.

It is also possible to observe a great diversity of mammals such as foxes, coatis, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, and other diverse fauna.

Some species that can be observed at Tikal are: Great Curassow; Ocellated Turkey; White-fronted Parrot; Mealy Parrot; Crested Eagle; Orange-breasted Falcon; Slaty-tailed Trogon; Keel-billed Toucan; Chestnut-colored Woodpecker; Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher; White-bellied Wren; Montezuma Oropendola and many more.

El Pilar

Finca El Pilar is a small paradise located in the mountain forest of Guatemala and just 10 minutes away from the center of La Antigua Guatemala.

It has an infrastructure of birdwatching trails, which spread through the organic plantations of coffee, mountain forest, and cloud forest, as well.

The vegetation of this reserve is mainly constituted by coffee, pine and oaks, settle at an altitudinal range from 1,710 to 9,500 feet above sea level.

One of the main attractions in El Pilar farm are the hummingbird feeders where it is possible to spot a wide variety of hummingbird species that inhabit the area and feed themselves, which represents a great opportunity for birdwatchers.

Some Species that inhabit El Pilar Farm are: Rufous Sabrewing, Violet Sabrewing, Magnificent Hummingbird, White-eared Hummingbird, Blue-tailed Hummingbird, Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Blue-throated Motmot, Emerald Toucanet, Bushy-crested Jay, Black-capped Swallow, Gray Silky-flycatcher, Hooded Grosbeak, Rufous-collared Robin, Rufous-collared Sparrow.

Tecpan – Rincon Suizo

This tour begins visiting the Tecpan area, located at the center highlands of Guatemala at a latitud of 2,286 MASL. After an hour of travel from Antigua Guatemala, we will arrive to this pine-oak forest and effortless birdwatching destination where you can watch many endemics species of the north Central American highlands like Pink-headed Warbler, Blue-throated Motmot, and Rufous-browed Wren.

During migratory (winter) season you will find Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Black-and-White, and Red-faced Warblers together with the resident Slate-throated Redstart, Pink-headed, Crescent-chested, and Olive Warblers, as well as Hutton’s Vireo.

The flocks are often accompanied by Spot-crowned, and sometimes by Spotted Woodcreepers, and also Brown Creepers. With some good luck you may see a Chestnut sided Shrike-Vireo within the flock. Bushtit dwells through the forest in large flocks of sometimes more than 30 birds.

San Pedro Volcano National Park (High Effort Tour)

Atitlan is home of the sixth rarest and beautiful bird that is endemic to the cloud forests of this region.

The Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus) is a Pleistocene relic of the Cracidae family that persists today only in small fragments of its previous range.

Its habitat is limited to cloud forests above approximately 1650 meters. This bird is the size of a turkey and the adult male has a one-inch scarlet-colored-horn projecting straight up from the top of its head.

In this amazing destination you can find species such as Horned Guan, Crested Guan, Highland guan, Emerald Toucanet, Blue-throated Motmot, Belted Flycatcher, Blue and white Mockingbird, Black capped Swallow, Bushy-crested Jay, between others.

Los Tarrales Private Nature Reserve

Los Tarrales is located southeast of Atitlan Volcano and inhabit the regional endemic Azure-rumped Tanager; here you will find different types of forests due to the altitudinal range from 2297 to 8200 feet above sea level.

This fantastic birding destination inhabits resident species such as White-bellied Chachalaca, Long-tailed Manakin, Yellow-naped Parrot, Cinnamon Hummingbird, and Rufous-naped Wren. Also there is possible to find out species such as Today Motmot, Rufous-breasted Spinetail, Prevost’s Ground-Sparrow, White-eared Ground-Sparrow, White-faced Quail-Dove, Ruddy Quail-Dove, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, among others.

Los Tarrales Private Nature Reserve is an important place for conservation, it has promoted bird monitoring and forest preservation of the area.

Fuentes Georginas

Fuentes Georginas is a very humid sub-tropical forest, in addition to being a great birding destination, is a hot spring with developed pools. Here we hope to spot Wine-throated and Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Cinnamon-bellied flower piercing and Ruddy-capped nightingale-thrush, Pink-headed Warbler and occasionally the rarest Horned guan among others.

Quetzal Biotope

This protected area was established in 1976 with the main objective to protect the Guatemala’s 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-hroated Jay, Black Robin and Chestnut-headed Oropendola.

Los Ranchitos

Located in the buffer zone of the Quetzal Biotope, this destination proposes an effortless opportunity to observe the resplendent quetzal and other 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.



Inside Rainforest 5 Days / 4 Nights

Enjoy this fascinating birding tour developed in two of the best birding locations in the Guatemala’s lowlands, the Scarlet macaw’s sanctuary and Tikal National Park and prepare to discover the natural world of wonderful resident bird?s species in the rainforest of Guatemala.



Endemics of Guatemala 10 Days / 9 Nights

The goal of this amazing birding tour is to register the rarest, regional endemic and unique species at the highlands of Guatemala such as Pink- headed Warbler, Horned Guan and the fantastic Azure-rumped Tanager at the center highlands and pacific coast respectively.



Highlands and Mayan World 10 Days / 9 Nights

This tour is a mixture of the best birdwatching destinations in Guatemala including the best locations to appreciate endemic bird species.



Birding Guatemala 18 Days / 17 Nights

This tour is a mixture of the best birdwatching destinations in Guatemala including the best locations to appreciate endemic bird species.


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