Discover a wealth of colorful avians in the lush green tropics of Guatemala! With over 750 species to choose from, let your private and completely customized tour take you from the tranquil shores of volcanic lake Atitlan, where most endemic species are found, to the rich biosphere reserve of Yaxha Nationpl Park, known for an astounding variety of bird species. Armed with the best birding guides in Guatemala, feast your senses on the verdant sights and sounds near the pre-Columbian ruins of Tikal – a tropical wonderland especially during migration season! Also on your itinerary is downtime at some of Guatemala’s most historic and unique destinations – from vibrant Antigua to charming highland villages and quaint, tranquil Flores.
Antigua is the perfect city to travel back in time while staying grounded in the present! Sounds contradictory? That’s Antigua for you!
Treasures Of Antigua Walking Tour Explore the historic ruins and period architecture of the distinctive Guatemalan city of Antigua on this day tour. Discover the many Spanish colonial churches that Antigua is home to. Amble along the old city’s paved streets and alleyways, peeking into stories and legends from bygone ages. Visit the La Merced Church and the Central Park, before stopping by to explore Antigua’s Main Cathedral and its ruins. Drop by the San Francisco El Grande Church, as well as the Convent Capuchinas on this leisurely tour of the city’s old churches and chapels. Spice up your day with a little trip to a local crafts market, admiring the various handcrafted artefacts on display and interacting with local artisans. Wrap up your city tour on a sweet note by dropping into the Chocolate Museum (yes, such a place does exist on this planet!). (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning or Afternoon; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes).
Birding At Cloud Forests Near Antigua Enjoy a perfect day among the spectacular forested landscapes near Antigua, in the company of rainbow-hued birds and butterflies. Leave your hotel early in the morning for a less than half hour ride to San Cristóbal el Alto. Discover panoramic views of Antigua and its surrounding countryside from your vantage point, perfect for taking photographs. Relish a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant, overlooking the volcanic hills beyond, before heading off to Finca El Pilar. Barely ten minutes away from Antigua’s city center, this beautiful forested location is perfect for spotting butterflies and birds. Follow the bird watching trails on this day trip, among a myriad others that head off to other mountain forests, cloud forests, and coffee plantations. Hike through the coffee, pine and oak trees to reach the hummingbird feeder zone, where you get to spot a variety of these beautiful species as they come to feed. (Half Day Trip; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 5 hrs, 0700-1200 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals included: Breakfast; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring comfortable hiking shoes and don’t forget your camera).
Lake Atitlan, or Lago de Atitlán, impresses most travelers with its scenic beauty. This city offers lovely views of a volcanic lake hemmed in by velvety green volcanic hills.
Village Tour and Boat Ride on Lake Atitlán Spend a refreshing day boating on Lake Atitlán and visiting some sites to get to know local cultures and lifestyles a little better. After breakfast at your hotel, set out for a leisurely boat ride of about half an hour across Lake Atitlán. Ride out to the village of San Juan La Laguna to visit a women’s textile cooperative. Watch how colorful fabrics are hand woven and dyed naturally before the traditional handloom is ready for the market. Learn about the local artistic community when you drop by the studio homes of the region’s famous naïf painters. A Mayan encounter awaits you at the town of Santiago, where you learn about the age-old culture and tradition of the T’zutujil Maya. Get to know more about the traditional handicrafts, ancient belief system and spiritualism of the local community, before returning to your hotel. (Half Day; Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes and a wind-breaker).
Flores is one of the oldest inhabited towns in the Americas. The original island town of Nojpetén was built in the 13th century by the Mayan Itza on Lake Peten Itza (or Lago de Petén Itzá).
Birdwatching Tour and Lunch at Yaxha National Park Embark on a birdwatching tour in Yaxha National Park, an important archaeological site. Pay attention to your personal birding guide who will point out unusual species of birds that inhabit this rich biosphere reserve. Watch out for hummingbirds, white bellied wrens, orange breasted falcons, and crested eagles to name a few. During migration season, you will have the opportunity to marvel at a stunning tropical paradise where warblers, tanagers, and other birds that gather here. Take some time to explore the ruins of an ancient city. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration around 9 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy)
Close to Flores, discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tikal National Park (or Parque Nacional Tikal) with its rich treasure trove of Mayan archeological ruins.
Enjoy Birdwatching and Lunch at Tikal National Park Start your day early as you set off for some bird watching at Tikal National Park located within the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Keep an eye out for the many interesting feathered species that flit around the ruins of an ancient civilization. Look out for hummingbirds, chestnut colored woodpeckers, mealy parrots, Yucatan jays, and keel-billed toucans, which are just some of the species your local expert will point out to you. Visiting the place during migratory season assures you of a unique experience with flocks of birds turning it into a tropical wonderland. Wander around the remnants of monuments at this archaeological treasure trove and enjoy a lunch. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 9 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy)
Lose yourself in the effervescent buzz of Guatemala City, or Guate as the locals call it. This Central American capital city is split into multiple zones that are so different from each other that they may as well be separate towns!
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Option 1 From $ 3,590 /person
Option 2 From $ 5,490 /person
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