Overview

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.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
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.
Top Mammals
Central American Agouti; White-nosed Coati; Variegated Squirrel; Grey Fox; White-tailed Deer.
Habitats Covered
rainforest, cloudforest, dry forest, mixed temperate forest, coffee fincas, lakes, shoreline, temperate pine savanna
Expected Climate
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
Accommodation
comfortable to basic lodges & hotels
Ease of Birding
moderate
Other Attractions
great people, varied Mayan cultures, excellent arts & crafts, fantastic scenery
Photographic Opportunities
very good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

For a first time - for any time - Clayton was terrific...

All around great fun trip, with logistics and plans for upcoming activities presented clearly and in time for proper preparation. Clayton was very prepared and we enjoyed traveling with him very much.

Adam Walleyn was an excellent tour leader; he knew a lot about the birds, handled the group very well and has a wealth of experience in leading tours and in other aspects of ecological/environmental study & travel. We appreciated the fact that Adam did not carry a camera and therefore was able to devote his time/energy to finding the birds and getting people on to them.

Dušan is an exceptional guide in all respects. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience, is courteous and diplomatic with the clients, and excellent with the local people. I could not ask for anything more. Thank you very much for providing this tour. For me, it was a success in every way. I will definitely recommend Rockjumper to anyone interested in birding in the future. You guys do a great job.

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