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.

Birding at Tikal and Yaxhá

Tikal

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.

What to Bring:

Comfortable clothing and hiking shoes, sunblock, hat, and money for personal expenses.

What's Included:

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.)

Transportation

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.

What to Bring:

Comfortable clothing and hiking shoes, sunblock, hat, and money for personal expenses.

What's Included:

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.)

Transportation

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.

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