Cayala ecological park is part of Guatemala City’s metropolitan green belt. Green belts are sometimes referred to as the “lungs” of a city – a sizeable population of trees in an urban area has a demonstrably beneficial effect on air quality.
- 5 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 5:30 AM
- Inquire for Transportation
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Many of the species of birds found at Cayala are endemic, meaning that they are not often seen in other parts of the world. More than 80 species of birds call this park home, covering a wide swath of the avian spectrum. Besides endemic species, there are also resident and migratory flocks of birds that have made Cayala their stomping grounds in Guatemala City. These different populations allow for a vibrant and fluctuating variety of birds.
Some birds you might see include hummingbirds, pygmy owls, blue-and-white mockingbirds, and black-capped swallows. Birders especially look forward to spotting the bushy-crested jay, a bird with a black head and a dark blue body. But birds aren't the only winged species visitors come to admire. This park is also known for its butterflies, adding even more color to the already vibrant grounds.
Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “BOOKING REQUEST” for full details.
Similar things to do
On the first day of your journey, you’ll start your exploration of the area’s wildlife on a trail through the jungle of the Tikal National Park. Eventually you will come to a clearing, scattered with the stony ruins of Mayan temples and palaces. You have arrived at Tikal, home to one of the most prominent dynasties during the Mayan classic period. OPTIONAL only Professional Bird guide, lunch ,entrance fee to site.
Just outside of Guatemala City, a 19th-century farm has transformed itself into an ecological safe haven. Finca Santiago functions as an ecotourism site, creating a safe zone for 17 acres of wildlife. Proceeds from tourism go towards the preservation of the surrounding mountain forests.
Cerro Alux covers 13,270 acres just outside of Guatemala City. This ecological reserve is known for its unspoiled tract of pine oak forest, and a clean water supply that helps quench the local population. Cerro Alux is also a federally-maintained Important Bird Area .