Guatemala Bird Watching Tours

Guatemala has more than 700 different species of birds living within its borders. In the last few decades, the country has become increasingly well known for its fantastic birding. Among the many species that live or pass through Guatemala, the resplendent quetzal remains one of the most emblematic — the national currency is, after all, named for it. Bird watching tours take travelers to Guatemala’s best birding sites, which are usually in national parks or reserves. Naturalist guides accompany the tours and help travelers to spot a range of colorful, feathered creatures.

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Birdwatching Antigua, Guatemala
Birdwatching AntiguaAntigua

Get ready to spot some colorful birds during this full-day bird watching tour in Antigua. The tour explores the El Pilar Nature Reserve, which is set just 2 miles from Antigua’s central park.

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Finca El Pilar and its Hummingbirds, Guatemala
Finca El Pilar and its HummingbirdsAntigua

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.

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Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Birding Tour at Tikal, Guatemala
Birding Tour at TikalTikal

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.

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Archeology
Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Ceibal One-Day Tour, Guatemala
Ceibal One-Day TourSayaxche

This full-day tour explores the Mayan site of Ceibal, which is near Sayaxché in Guatemala’s Petén department. Ceibal was once one of the largest cities in Guatemala's southern lowlands.

Archeology
Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Biotopo del Quetzal, Guatemala
Biotopo del QuetzalCobán, Alta Verapaz

Make a trip to the Bíotopo del Quetzál to look for quetzals with jewel-toned green plumage. Their feathers were used as currency by the pre-Hispanic Mayans. They dwell in the branches of the aguacatillo trees, which are identifiable by their avocado-shaped fruits.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Search for The Bushy-Crested Jay in Cayala Park, Guatemala
Search for The Bushy-Crested Jay in Cayala ParkGuatemala City, Guatemala

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.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Admiring the Long Tailed Manakin in Los Tarrales, Guatemala
Admiring the Long Tailed Manakin in Los TarralesSolola

The Los Tarrales reserve boasts various types of forest. Humid tropical forests and cloud forests on the side of Atitlán Volcano create habitat for a colorful population of rare birds.

Bird Watching
Guided Tours
Aguateca One-Day Tour, Guatemala
Aguateca One-Day TourSayaxche

Spend a day exploring the Mayan ruins at the Aguateca Archeological Site in Guatemala. Aguateca is found on a limestone bluff above the Petexbatún Lagoon in the department of Petén.

Archeology
Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Ruins
Birdwatching Finca San Santiago, Guatemala
Birdwatching Finca San SantiagoGuatemala City, Guatemala

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.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Birdwatching & Mountain Forest Walking, Guatemala
Birdwatching & Mountain Forest WalkingAntigua

This tour takes place on a farm and in the surrounding mountains. Your bird watching guide will help you differentiate one bird from another based on its birdcall.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Finca Filadelfia Coffee Farm & Birdwatching, Guatemala
Finca Filadelfia Coffee Farm & BirdwatchingAntigua

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.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Cerro Alux and the Blue-throated Motmot, Guatemala
Cerro Alux and the Blue-throated MotmotGuatemala City, Guatemala

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 .

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Birdwatching Filadelfia, Guatemala
Birdwatching FiladelfiaAntigua

Guatemala has wonderful birding. During this tour, you’ll get a chance to spot a range of colorful, tropical species at Finca Filadelfia.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Finca Patrocinio and the White-bellied Chachalaca, Guatemala
Finca Patrocinio and the White-bellied ChachalacaQuetzaltenango

Located between the Santa María and Santiaguito volcanoes, Finca Patrocinio is between 2,297 and 2,789 feet above sea level. Its lofty height offers a great view of the surrounding forests.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Searching for the Quetzal, Guatemala
Searching for the QuetzalQuetzaltenango

You'll be given a chance to spot a resplendent quetzal - the national bird of Guatemala - on this tour. The tour includes bird watching at the Refugio del Quetzal.

Bird Watching
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