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The Best Bird Watching In Central America 

GUATEMALA,  has some of the finest and most varied avian life of any county of similar size. In this compact nation you can view tropical, cloud forest, coastal and mountain species all during one visit. Needless to say this is fine for those who wish to register the maximum number of sightings, though by the end of your stay you may hardly remember what you saw at the start!

We organise trips beginning with the birds of the Western Highlands, passing through Coastal Forest, Dry and Thorny Forests, Cloud Forests and finishing with Humid and Very Humid Forests, all together offering the opportunity to spot more than 750 species.

Guatemala is an ecological corridor, where many species from North and South America have their meeting point with the local species. Although other countries may have more species, Guatemala probably has the highest variety in the smallest area, all with relatively easy access.

Resplendent Quetzal
(Pharomachrus m. mocinno )

Nevertheless, what most ornithologists come here to experience are the world‚  most beautiful birds, the Resplendent Quetzal Pharomachrus m. mocinno , the festive Scarlet Macaw Ara macao, Azure-Rumped Tanager Tangara Cabanisi, the Pink-Headed Warbler Erigaticus Versicolor and the Horned Guan Oreophasis derbianus besides other special and endemic species.

There are more quetzals in Guatemala than in any other country, and hence more chances of viewing this extremely elusive bird. We work with a group of Guatemalan environmentalists and local Queqchi indians in the Quetzal and Cloud Forest Rescue Project, so you can be sure that your visit will benefit the local communities and help to preserve the quetzal and its environment.

The search for the scarlet macaw takes us to the jungle lowlands, where the species is in danger of extinction by poachers. A scarlet macaw can fetch as much as US$ 2,500 in the illegal pets trade. Our group is working with the local communities to protect the macaw, so they can earn a steady income from visitors for the foreseeable future, rather than profiting in the short term with its resultant extinction in Mesoamerica.

Both the Quetzal and the scarlet macaw were sacred birds in the eyes of the Maya, with your visit you will be helping both of these exceptional genus survive, as well as benefiting the local communities who are learning to profit from their protection.

Following are some of the areas which will interest you:


  • Mangrove reserves and Coastal Sand Beaches only accessible by water:
    • Monterrico Nature reserve, Manchon Guamuchal and Puerto Quetzal San Jose,
  • Tropical Decidous Forest tall with fast flowing rivers:
    • Patrocinio, Tarrales, Los Andes, Las Nubes Farms and Natural Reserves, Takalik Abaj Archaeological National Park
  • Tropical Decidous Forest short :
    • El Astillero lo de China
  • Mountain Evergreen Forest: The most extensive cloud forest reserves in Central America with high mountain tundra and lakes.
    • Filadelfia Farm, Los Tarrales, Los Andes, Las Nubes Natural Reserves, Fuentes Georginas , San Pedro Volcano, Quetzal Biotope, The Ranchitos of the Quetzal.
  • Pine-Oak Forest & Pine Forest:
    • Cayala Ecological Park,Muxbal Scout Camp, Finca San Santiago,Cerro Alux Stream Reserve, Tecpan Molino Helvetia, Coraz??n del Bosque, San Juan La Laguna, Rio Escondido, Ram-Tzul Reserve.


  • Tropical Decidous Forest Tall with heavily forested Caribbean Coast
    • Cerro San Gil (considered the best bird spotting location on the entire Caribbean Coastline), Quirigua, Hunal-ye Natural reserve, Peten Area Observe birds and at the same time discover Maya remains. This area is in many places remarkably similar to the Amazon Rain Forest . Tikal,Yaxha,Aguateca,Ceibal, Cerro Cahuí¨.
  • Mangroves and Coastal Sand Beaches and Pelagic Waters
    • Rio Dulce, Chocon Machacas Reserve, Rio Sarstun, Playa Blanca, Livingston

Our trips are always guided by local bilingual English/Spanish-speaking ornithologists/biologists with profound knowledge of local species. French and German translators are available if required.

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