Spectacular volcanoes and fabulous highland lakes form a brilliant backdrop to our Guatemala – Central American Highlights tour. Best known for its shade coffee production, tourism coupled with a strong environmental bond has become more evident in recent times - an understanding that has resulted in much of the highland forests being well protected. The birding is superb, whether its cloud forests or coffee fincas - we will search for some stunning species such as the gorgeous Pink-headed Warbler, Blue-throated Motmot, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Rufous-collared Thrush, Slender Sheartail, Bushy-crested Jay, Black-capped Swallow, Belted Flycatcher, Prevost’s & White-eared Ground Sparrows, Wine-throated Hummingbird, Buffy-crowned Wood Partridge, Green-throated Mountaingem, and Cabanis’s (Azure-rumped) Tanager. This tour showcases the highlights of Guatemalan birding, along with comfortable lodgings, delicious fare and fabulous scenery throughout.
Pink-headed Warbler; Azure-rumped Tanager; Horned Guan (optional); Emerald-chinned Hummingbird; White-faced Quail-Dove; Resplendent Quetzal; Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo; Bushy-crested & Steller’s Jays; Spotted Nightingale-Thrush; Blue-and-White Mockingbird; Grey Silky-flycatcher; Rusty Sparrow; Belted Flycatcher; Slender Sheartail; Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer; Guatemalan Tyrannulet; Ocellated Quail (rare); Painted Redstart; Hermit, Red-faced & Olive Warblers; Wine-throated, Azure-crowned; White-eared, Berylline, Rufous-tailed, Blue-tailed & Rivoli's Hummingbirds; Rufous & Violet Sabrewings, Green-throated Mountaingem; Green Violetear; Amethyst-throated Mountaingem; Black-capped Swallow; Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo; Acorn, Velasquez's, Golden-olive & Hairy Woodpeckers; Northern Flicker (unique Guatemalan sub-species); Tody, Blue-throated, Blue-diademed & Turquoise-browed Motmots; White-throated Magpie-Jay; Long-tailed Manakin; Prevost’s Ground & White-eared Ground Sparrows; Paltry Tyrannulet; Gartered Trogon; Blue-throated Sapphires; White-bellied Chachalaca; Orange-fronted, Orange-chinned & Pacific Parakeets; Rufous-collared Thrush.
Central American Agouti; White-nosed Coati; Variegated Squirrel; Grey Fox; White-tailed Deer.
rainforest, cloudforest, dry forest, mixed temperate forest, coffee fincas, lakes, shoreline, temperate pine savanna
mostly tropical conditions; warm and humid, can get cool to cold in the highlands
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
fairly relaxed pace with some long walks
comfortable to basic lodges & hotels
Ease of Birding
great people, varied Mayan cultures, excellent arts & crafts, fantastic scenery