Spectacular volcanoes and fabulous highland lakes form a brilliant backdrop to our Guatemala – Central American Specialities tour. While this region is probably best known for its shade coffee production, local people have over time developed a strong environmental bond and an understanding of ecotourism that has resulted in much of the highland forests being protected. Even the coffee fincas offer superb birding, and the host of special birds we will search for include one of the world’s most prized birds - Horned Guan as well as the gorgeous Pink-headed Warbler, fabulous Resplendent Quetzal, Blue-throated Motmot, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Rufous-collared Thrush, Slender Sheartail, Goldman’s Warbler, Bushy-crested and Black-throated Jay, Black-capped Swallow, Buffy-crowned Wood Partridge, Green-throated Mountaingem, Long-tailed Manakin and Azure-rumped Tanager. This tour offers the very best of Guatemalan birding, along with comfortable lodgings, delicious fare and fabulous scenery throughout!
*2024 Prices are estimated and dates may change*
Horned Guan, Pink-headed Warbler, Goldman's Warbler, Resplendent Quetzal, Highland Guan, Mountain Trogon, Blue-throated, Tody & Turquoise-browed Motmots, Fulvous & Unspotted Saw-whet Owls, Guatemalan Pygmy Owl, White-breasted Hawk, Mexican Whip-poor-will, White-bellied Chachalaca, Singing Quail, Velasquez's Woodpecker, Bushy-crested, Black-throated & Unicolored Jays, White-throated Magpie-Jay, Montezuma Oropendola, Long-tailed Manakin, Emerald-chinned, Garnet-throated, Blue-tailed & Wine-throated Hummingbirds, Rufous & Violet Sabrewings, Green-throated Mountaingem, Mexican Violetear, Slender Sheartail, Sparkling-tailed Woodstar, Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, Pacific Parakeet, Ruddy Foliage-gleaner, Black-capped Swallow, Rufous-browed Wren, Olive Warbler, Grey Silky-flycatcher, Belted Flycatcher, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Black, Mountain & Rufous-collared Thrush, Azure-rumped (Cabanis’s) Tanager, Stripe-headed Sparrow, Prevost’s & White-eared Ground Sparrows, Painted Bunting, Black-capped Siskin, Yellow-eyed Junco, Spotted Towhee, Ocellated Quail. Top Mammals
Central American Agouti, White-nosed Coati, Variegated Squirrel, Grey Fox and 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 Number of Species Expected
+-220 Other Attractions
great people, varied Mayan cultures, excellent arts & crafts, fantastic scenery Photographic Opportunities
For a first time - for any time - Clayton was terrific...
"This was a good tour. We had a congenial group, and Lev Frid is an excellent guide, up to the high Rockjumper standard. He was a pleasure to travel with, and I would be happy to go on a tour with him again. Our local guide was also excellent. His knowledge of local sites and conditions really added to the tour, and he also was lots of fun to travel with. Accommodations on this tour were very nice. It was lovely to stay at the extremely charming Posada de Don Rodrigo in the old part of La Antigua Guatemala, where we could enjoy the ambience."
Very nice tour. We had a good group, and the local guides were excellent. Food, venues, and the birds were all top notch, and we were quite surprised how well-developed the infrastructure is in Guatemala. The birds were great, of course. We were asked what our target bird for the tour was, and I answered the Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge, knowing that it is an extremely difficult bird to find (i.e., I was being a wise guy). What was one of the first birds we saw?: the wood-partridge. A fantastic display, with the birds in the open and within 10 meters of us.
"Lev and our local guide did a great job with the tour. They were professional while keeping the experience fun and entertaining. They worked very well together, and with the other local guides, and the quality of their guiding was top notch. They worked hard to give everyone on the tour a great experience, and they pulled out a number of tough species with their patience and diligence that gave the group some truly lasting memories. Our driver was excellent, safely working our rather large bus through the city mazes and narrow country roads with skilful expertise. And the accommodations were overall very nice, even with the occasional hot water issue. I was glad that I did bring layers, though, since we spent more time at greater altitude than I had imagined, and it was quite cool at times. I definitely enjoyed the tour, and look forward to more Rockjumper trips."
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.