Our Tikal & Las Guacamayas (Macaws) Extension puts us deep into the unspoilt lowland forests of Laguna del Tigre National Park before taking in the remarkable Mayan temple complexes and cities that dominate the Tikal region. One of the most biodiverse biological stations in Central America, we’ll have our hands and eye full of attractive and desirable species. Top of our list is the highly sought-after Ocellated Turkey – which can often be found mooching about the historical ruins, various species of trogon, toucan, hawk-eagle, warbler and parrot are in order, whilst we shall also target Black-throated Shrike-Tanager, Scarlet Macaw, Spot-tailed and Yucatan Nightjars, Orange-breasted Falcon, Mayan Antthrush, Agami Heron, Pinnated Bittern, and the impressive Great Curassow!
This northern Petén region of Guatemala is covered in extensive lowland rainforest, harbouring many endemic birds of the Yucatan Peninsula and other more widespread forest species, most of which will represent new species for our tour. The birding here is superb and this extension is highly recommended for its birding, mammal viewing and fascinating historical insights.
Ocellated Turkey; Scarlet Macaw; Grey-throated Chat; Agami & Boat-billed Herons; Keel-billed Toucan; Tody Motmot; Lovely Cotinga; Pheasant Cuckoo; Great Curassow; Crested Guan; Montezuma Oropendola; Northern Bentbill; Stub-tailed Spadebill; Red-capped & White-collared Manakins; Pinnated Bittern; Black-headed, Gartered & Slaty-tailed Trogons; White-necked Puffbird; Yucatan Woodpecker; Yucatan Flycatcher; Yucatan Jay; Black, Black-and-white & Ornate Hawk-Eagles; Yucatan Poorwill; Spot-tailed Nightjar; Short-tailed Nighthawk; Northern Potoo; Middle American Screech, Black-and-white & Mottled Owls.
Yucatan Black Howler; Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey; White-nosed Coati; Central American Agouti; Red Brocket Deer; Grey Fox; Jaguar (very rare); Ocelot (rare); Margay (rare); Puma (rare), White-lipped Peccary (rare)
mostly tropical conditions; warm and humid
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
comfortable to basic lodges & hotels
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky species
ancient Mayan ruins, fantastic virgin forest
good to very good