Guatemala has wonderful birding. During this tour, you’ll get a chance to spot a range of colorful, tropical species at Finca Filadelfia.
- 4 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 5:30 AM, 2:30 PM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Finca Filadelfia is a coffee plantation set on a beautiful piece of property on the outskirts of La Antigua. The property extends across a range of habitats – including coniferous forests and cloud forests – that host all sorts of bird species.
The estate is divided into the following areas and ecosystems—shade coffee, from 5,217–6,463 feet (1,590–1970 m); pine forests, from 6,463–7,454 feet (1970–2,272 m); and cloud forests, from 7,454–8,070 feet (2,272–2,460 m).
The tour starts at the center of Finca Filadelfia. Tour participants will board a large truck and drive up the mountain to the cloud forest. You’ll get off the truck and walk to the highest point on the mountain, a spot known as “La Rueda.” From here, you’ll explore the cloud forest and slowly make your way down through other types of forests and ecosystems. At the end of the tour, the truck will take you back to where you started and you’ll enjoy a fresh cup of coffee.
The cloud forest is set at the highest elevation, and it is here that the tour will begin. You’ll walk along trails that lead through forests dominated by aguacatillo and oak trees. Commonly sighted species include hummingbirds, trogons, sparrows, and thrushes. At a somewhat lower elevation, you’ll see cypress, pine, cedar, and rosewood trees inhabited by woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, blue-throated motmots, swallows, toucans, and orioles. More than 170 bird species have been seen here.
This tour is a great option for travelers who want to get outside and search for birds. It gives you an excellent understanding of some of the ecosystems (and animals that inhabit them) that are present in Guatemala. The tour lasts around 4-5 hours.
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Guatemala’s Acatenango Volcano is set just outside the city of La Antigua. Rising to about 13,000 feet (3,976 m), this volcano is a popular climb with travelers staying in Antigua.
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The Fuego Volcano is one of Central America’s most active volcanoes. Set some 10 miles (16 km) outside La Antigua and adjoining the Acatenango Volcano, Fuego is a large stratovolcano that at times produces intense lava fountains, huge ash plumes, and pyroclastic flows.
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What to Bring
Camera, binoculars, hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, hat/cap, repellent, sunscreen, money for handicrafts and tipping the guide and/or driver.
Birding guide and coffee (personal expenses and meals not included).
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Similar things to do
Finca Filadelfia has had the same purpose for several generations – growing and selling high-quality coffee. Here you’ll get to see over a hundred different species of birds that live throughout the 535.5 acres of the reserve.
Fincal El Pilar’s gardens hum with the tiny, whirring wings of its resident hummingbirds. This farm does not produce agriculture, but rather exists to help conserve some of the rare and endangered species of plants and animals in Antigua.
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.