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Horned Guan
Horned Guan © Ana Paula Oxom


Specialities of North Central America

An 11-day, small group birding tour that explores the diverse birdlife of the Guatemalan highlands, volcanic arc and Pacific slope, in particular the range restricted Central American specialities found among these incredible landscapes.

Our tour is a comprehensive journey through the bird-rich Guatemalan Highlands. We begin near the old capital, Antigua Guatemala, in high elevation forests of pine, oak and cypress that flank the slopes of the Central America Volcanic Arc, looking for our first range-restricted highland species. From here we travel west to the productive Los Tarrales Reserve, and on to the magnificent volcanic Lake Atitlán in search of some of our most sought-after regional endemics. Further west, close to the Mexican border, we head into Central America’s highest non-volcanic mountains in search of some of Guatemala’s most range restricted species in pine, oak and juniper woodlands. Finally, we visit the spectacular Volcán Tacaná and Volcán Chicabal to explore pristine montane broadleaf cloud forests in search of enigmatic specialities.  Amidst spectacular landscapes we’ll look for species restricted to northern Central America and neighbouring Chiapas (Mexico), such as Pink-headed Warbler, Green-throated Mountain-gem, Rufous Sabrewing and Ocellated Quail, with good chances of the incredible Horned Guan, and a selection of more widespread Central American birds including Resplendent Quetzal and Unspotted Saw-whet Owl.

The optional tour extension takes us into northern Guatemala to the world-famous Tikal National Park. In lowland rainforests scattered with impressive 4th century Mayan ruins we will encounter a new selection of species, including several Yucatán endemics such as Ocellated Turkey, Yucatan Flycatcher and Rose-throated Tanager, and the localised Orange-breasted Falcon.

Saturday 2 December - Tuesday 12 December 2023 (Tikal post-tour extension to Friday 15 December)

with Ana Paula Oxom

2023: $ 3870 / £ 2980 / € 3475 (Guatemala City/Guatemala City)

Duration: 10 nights/11 days

Group size: min. 6 / max. 8 with 1 leader

Single room supplement: $ 165 / £ 125 / € 150

Deposit: $ 775 / £ 595 / € 695 (20% of the tour price)

Pre-tour extension (Tikal National Park and Yucatán Endemics):

2023: $ 1950 / £ 1500 / € 1750 (Guatemala City/Flores)

Duration: 3 nights/4 days (total 13 nights/14 days)

Group size: min. 6 / max. 8 with 1 leader

Single room supplement: $ 215 / £ 165 / € 195


The tour is priced in US Dollars ($). Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

The tour price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • All meals and drinking water

  • Ground transportation

  • Services of a guide throughout

  • All birding and wildlife activities

  • Reserve entry fees

  • Tour info, pre-travel notes and checklists

Estimated flight costs: $ 760 / £ 600 / € 700 (to/from Guatemala City; add £100 for post-tour extension)

Estimated visa costs: $ 0 / £ 0 / € 0*

*Estimated visa costs shown here are based on visa free entry (up to 90 days) for nationals of UK, most EU, USA, CAN and AUS.

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