Cerro Alux covers 13,270 acres (5,3270 ha) 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 (IBA).
- 5 hrs
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- Every day
- 5:00 AM, 5:30 AM, 6:00 AM, 6:30 AM
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Birders visiting Cerro Alux will have a good chance of crossing several rare birds off their birding list, as there are several species that live in Cerro Alux that are only found in Central America. There is a loop trail through the forest for hikers. Everywhere you look, another brightly-colored specimen will fly into view, hopefully taking a moment to pose for the camera.
Cerro Alux is home to some especially beautiful Central American specimens. The blue-throated motmot has a bright green body, and a shock of electric blue below its beak that inspired its name. You may also spot a crescent-chested warbler, easily identifiable by its golden chest and a white stripe above its eye. On rare occasions, the singing quail has been known to make an appearance on the forest floor. Keep your ears pricked for its high-pitched call.
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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.
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.