Guatemala is home to over 750 species of birds, 24 of which are restricted to the northern Central America area. The country’s regional diversity offers several opportunities for seeing rare and beautiful birds in their natural habitat while also enjoying the country’s cultural and historical richness.
Most Guatemala tours focus on four main endemic areas. The highlands of northern Central America are home to the Horned Guan, the Pink-Headed Warbler, and the Cabanis Tanager. The north Pacific slope is home to the Yellow-naped Parrot, the American Green Parakeet, and the White-throated Magpie Jay.
The northwestern tropical forests of Guatemala contain more than 500 birds and are among the most famous Guatemalan holiday destinations for birdwatchers. Home to birds such as the Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, the Keel-billed Motmot, and the Gray-headed Piprites. Finally, the fourth main birdwatching area in the lowlands of the Yucatan peninsula, including the northern Petén region of Guatemala.
This region features species such as the Grey-throated Chat and the Rose-throated Tanager. Guatemala is home to many rare species of birds, including the Orange-breasted Falcon and the Guiana-crested Eagle.
Guatemala is so rich in culture, geography, and history that even casual bird watchers will have much to discover and do in addition to birdwatching. In contrast, birding enthusiasts will have plenty of areas to choose from and a high probability of catching a glimpse of several rare bird species. Any Guatemala holiday can easily incorporate birdwatching with hiking, volcano climbing, or other nature activities. Some of the best birdwatching destinations are also home to some of Guatemala’s most famous Mayan landmarks.
The region of Tikal is home to over 400 species of birds but is also home to some of the most impressive Mayan temples and ruins the country has to offer. Located in an environmentally protected area, visitors can split their time between visiting the ancient Mayan ruins, birdwatching, or taking a trip out to some of the surrounding areas to see beautiful lakes, shop at a native market, or climb an active volcano.
Few other travel destinations offer such fascinating travel opportunities, from vibrant cities to Mayan culture and markets to jungle and mountain villages, all within the span of a few hour’s distances from each other at times. Since the best time for observing many bird species is in the pre-dawn hours too early morning, visitors can see rare birds up close in the morning and then still have the rest of the day free to enjoy everything else Guatemala has to offer.
Each season offers new opportunities, including the chance to see birds in couples during the mating season or catching migrating birds during the migratory season. Whether you’re a novice birdwatcher anxious to see your first rare bird, or a seasoned birdwatcher eager to discover new species, there’s a Guatemala tour that’s right for you.