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!
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.
Central American Agouti, White-nosed Coati, Variegated Squirrel, Grey Fox and 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
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
fairly relaxed pace with some long walks
comfortable to basic lodges & hotels
great people, varied Mayan cultures, excellent arts & crafts, fantastic scenery
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.
"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."
"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."
For a first time - for any time - Clayton was terrific...
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