Overview

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.

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

Tour Facts Top Birds
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.
Top Mammals
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)
Habitats Covered
lowland rainforest
Expected Climate
mostly tropical conditions; warm and humid
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed pace
Accommodation
comfortable to basic lodges & hotels
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky species
Other Attractions
ancient Mayan ruins, fantastic virgin forest
Photographic Opportunities
good to very good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

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.

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

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