Resplendent Quetzal

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

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Overview
  • Highlights: Antigua Guatemala – Fuentes Georginas – Atitlan Lake – San Pedro Volcano – Tarrales – Quetzaltenango
  • Activities: Bird watching – Archaeology – Nature and Wildlife
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Holiday Type: Tailor-made
  • You will visit: Guatemala
  • Trip Style: Couples – Small Groups
  • Comfort level: Standard – Luxury
  • Transportation: Minibus – Boat – SUV
  • Length: 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Physical demand: Trip may include activities like walks, hikes and boat rides
  • Group size: Minimum 1
  • Pick up / Drop off locations: La Aurora International Airport

Resume:

  • Day 1 – Arrival – Antigua Guatemala
  • Day 2 – El Pilar – Antigua Guatemala
  • Day 3 – Antigua – Tecpan – Lake Atitlan
  • Day 4 – Lake Atitlan – San Pedro Volcano
  • Day 5 – Lake Atitlan – Quetzaltenango
  • Day 6 – Fuentes Georginas – Los Tarrales
  • Day 7 – Los Tarrales
  • Day 8 – Los Tarrales – Biotopo del Quetzal
  • Day 9 – Biotopo del Quetzal – Guatemala City
  • Day 10 – Back Home
Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival – Antigua Guatemala

Meet and greet at La Aurora International Airport and transfer to the City of Antigua Guatemala, (1 hour).

Lodging in Antigua Guatemala.

Antigua Guatemala

Day 2

El Pilar Farm – Antigua Guatemala

Morning bird watching at Finca El Pilar based 10 minutes from Antigua. Coffee, Pinus, and oaks mostly consist of the plant life within this reserve, settle in an altitudinal range between 1,710 to 9,500 ft. Above sea level.

One of the significant points of interest in El Pilar farm is around hummingbird’s feeders where it is possible to find numerous hummingbird’s species that reside the area feeding oneself together addressing a fantastic chance for birdwatchers.

Lunch break in the local restaurant in Antigua Guatemala

14:00 hrs, you are going to start the exciting cultural excursion of Antigua discovering beautiful churches, ruins, galleries, and museums that joined with aged stoned paths keep the stories and tales of the colonial times that unquestionably please you.

Lodging in Antigua Guatemala.

Some of the birds that you can spot at this destination are:

Rufous Sabrewing, Green-throated Mountain-Gem, Bushy-crested Jay, Hooded Grosbeak, Elegant Euphonia, Singing Quail, Golden-crowned Warbler, Bar-winged Oriole, among others.

Guatemalan flicker

Day 3

Antigua Guatemala – Tecpan – Lake Atitlan

6:00 am. Take a trip from Antigua Guatemala towards Tecpan Birding spot

Breakfast in Tecpan

Bird watching trip in Tecpan Reserve where you will discover exotic endemic species of the Northern Central American highlands like Pink-headed Warbler, Blue-throated Motmot, and Rufous-browed Wren.

During migratory (wintertime) time you will find Townsend’s, Wilson’s, Black-and-White, and Red-faced Warblers and also the resident Slate-throated Redstart, Pink-headed, Crescent-chested, and Olive Warblers, and also Hutton’s Vireo.

Midday transportation to Lake Atitlan

Pink-headed Warbler

Day 4

Lake Atitlan – San Pedro Volcano

Morning boat trip in the direction of San Pedro La Laguna where we get a pickup truck that will carry you towards the entry of Paquisis volcano.

Here we will begin our hike for the search of Horned Guan and also other exciting species like Prevost’s Ground-sparrow, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Slender Sheartail, Rufous Sabrewing Violet Sabrewing, Bushy-crested Jay, Olive-sided Towhee, Chesnut-sided Shrike-vireo, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Mountain Trogon, Bar-winged Oriole and Ocellated Quail among others.

Food may be provided in route (boxed breakfast).

Get back to the lodge for lunch, afternoon birding boat trip in Lake Atitlan

Horned Guan

Day 5

Lake Atitlan – Quetzaltenango

Morning transfer to Fuentes Georginas, to birding excursion in the quest of exotic endemics such as the Horned Guan, Guatemalan Pygmy Owl, Pink Headed Warbler, Black Capped siskin, Black Throated jay, Amethyst Throated and Gartner Throated Hummingbirds, among others.

Return to the lodge for resting

Unspotted Saw-whet Owl

Day 6

Fuentes Georginas – Los Tarrales

Time for coffee and ready to visit Fuentes Georginas for a birding tour, with a high possibility to spot Horned Guan, Fulvous Owl, Mexican Whip – Poor – Will, and Unicolored Jay, among others.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and check out

Transfer to Los Tarrales.

Check in at our arrival and time for lunch, after a short break; we will be ready for a birding experience around the lodge.

Accommodation at Los Tarrales.

Guatemalan pygmy owl

Day 7

Los Tarrales

Time for coffee and transport La Isla birding spot in search of Azure-rumped Tanager, Rufous Sabrewing, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Tody Motmot, Quails and doves among other species of the highlands. Morning meal at the location (boxed breakfast).

Return to the lodge for Lunch and resting.

Evening birding tour through San Pedro Trail, this location provides exceptional chance to find out species like White-bellied Chachalaca, Yellow-naped Parrot, and Rufous-breasted Spinetail among others.

Accommodation at Los Tarrales Reserves Tarrales

Azure-rumped Tanager

Day 8

Los Tarrales – Biotopo del Quetzal

Check out and transfers towards the Biotopo del Quetzal

Blue-crowned Chlorophonia

Day 9

Biotopo del Quetzal – Guatemala City

Morning birding.

Afternoon transfer to Guatemala City

Some of the birds that you can spot at this destination are:

Resplendent Quetzal, Highland Guan, Unicolored Jay, White-faced Quail-Dove, Scaly-throated Foliage-Gleaner, Northern Emerald-Toucanet, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, among others.

Resplendent Quetzal

Day 10

Back Home

On time transportation to the airport. Your Adventure in the Country of the Eternal Spring finishes

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