Birding at Tikal and Yaxhá
Over three days and two nights, you'll get to explore two of the most influential cities in the Maya kingdom. Both Tikal and Yaxhá offer ancient, intriguing settings for you to observe and document the surrounding birds and wildlife.
up to 15 days in advance
- Duration: 3 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 6:00 AM
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- Free cancellation up to 15 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Tikal was one of the most important cities to the Maya, and to this day it is the most well-known site in the Maya kingdom. Some parts of the site have been restored to give visitors an idea of what it looked like during its glory days. The nearby Yaxhá site has had less restoration, allowing visitors to experience an authentic ruin in the wilderness.
You’ll be able to get close to the keel-billed toucan, and admire the radiant, psychedelic pattern of colors on its enormous beak. Listen for the noisy, distinctive mating call of the Montezuma oropendola, named after an Aztec emperor. The black-faced antthrush is probably the hardest species to spot – it likes to hunker down under a layer of plant coverage. You may also see the orange-breasted falcon, which is easy to recognize by its brightly-colored belly.
This itinerary will take you through the extremely limited habitat of the ocellated turkey, covering only 50,000 square miles (80,467 square km). These blue-headed turkeys have more colorful plumage than the North American variety, with patches of blue and distinctive, eye-shaped patterns.
Attractions VisitedTikal National Park
Set within the northern reaches of Guatemala’s Petén department is the incredible Mayan site of Tikal. With its massive Mayan temples, steep limestone pyramids and thick green jungles, Tikal is undoubtedly one of the top attractions in Guatemala. The ruins and surrounding forest are located within the Tikal National Park.
The Yaxhá-Nakum-Naranjo Natural Monument includes the Mayan sites of Yaxhá, Nakum, Topoxté, and El Naranjo. The largest site is Yaxhá, which sits between two lovely lakes. Yaxhá gained widespread fame in 2005 when Survivor Guatemala was filmed here.
What to Bring
Comfortable clothing and hiking shoes, sunblock, hat, and money for personal expenses.
Transportation as per itinerary, 2 nights accommodations (double room), tour of Tikal, tour of Yaxhá, meals as per itinerary, and a domestic flight (GUA-FRS-GUA.)
Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.
Take this tour to see Tikal at one of the busiest times of day — early in the morning. You’ll leave for your tour before the sun comes up, and then watch the jungle wake up from the top of one of the site’s temples. Bring a flashlight so you can see the nocturnal animals when you first arrive in the jungle. This time of day comes with another advantage, as the site has fewer visitors at this time of day.
3 hrsFrom $70
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.
3 hrsFrom $150