Overview

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!

Tour Facts Top Birds
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
very good
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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.

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

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.

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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