Birdwatching and Mayan Ruins

7 days

Delve into the mesmerizing world of birdwatching as you explore the verdant jungles of Guatemala, home to the mysterious Mayan civilization. Witness a diverse array of avian species thriving amid the remnants of this ancient culture, renowned for their accomplishments in astronomy, mathematics, and hieroglyphic writing.

This captivating adventure, infused with a blend of history and nature, is sure to leave you spellbound and yearning for more. Embrace the allure of birdwatching amid the backdrop of ancient Mayan heritage.


Mayan City

Humming bird

Lake Atitlan

El Quetzal

Guatemala’s national bird


Peten, Guatemala


Discover the vibrant avian wonders thriving in the forests of Guatemala’s Mayan ruins. Encounter an array of bird species, from the colorful keel-billed toucans and lively parrots to majestic neotropical raptors and the elusive orange-breasted falcon. 


Arrive in bustling Guatemala City and transfer to your serene Lake Atitlan hotel, where you’ll spend three nights surrounded by breathtaking beauty, preparing for your birdwatching adventure. Enjoy the picturesque setting, with the lake’s tranquil waters and towering volcanoes as your backdrop, as you settle in and anticipate the incredible birdwatching experiences ahead.

Journey by boat to Santiago Atitlan, followed by an excursion to the Rey Tepepul Kaan Reserve, 20 minutes away. The montane and humid subtropical forests host captivating bird species, including the vividly-hued and rare Quetzal. 

Marvel at the panoramic views of the site’s three volcanoes and the Pacific slope. As you traverse the trails, keep an eye out for the Azure-rumped Tanager, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Golden-crowned Warbler, and Blue-naped Chlorophonia, adding to the excitement of your birdwatching quest.

Your 3rd day will have you exploring the Los Tarrales Natural Private Reserve, renowned for its rich biodiversity and the endangered Horned Guan. 

With a range of biomes and over 350 recorded bird species, this reserve offers an unforgettable birdwatching experience. Hike through the varying elevations of the Volcano Atitlan, 615 to 2.600 meters above sea level, and revel in the sights solo or with your family. Indeed, Los Tarrales is a must-visit destination for birdwatching enthusiasts, expert and beginner birders alike.

Uncover the Mayan site of Iximche, where the past comes alive. Delve into the fascinating history of the Mayan civilization and marvel at the site’s well-preserved architecture. Afterward, you’ll go to the charming city of Antigua Guatemala, steeped in history and culture. Stroll through the cobblestone streets and admire the colorful colonial buildings as you immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

On Day 5, we’ll journey to the idyllic El Pilar farm, nestled within the mountain forests of Antigua Guatemala. This enchanting sanctuary features an intricate network of birdwatching trails that meander through lush organic coffee plantations, verdant mountain forests, and ethereal cloud forests. At elevations ranging from 1,710 to 9,500 feet above sea level, El Pilar farm boasts a diverse flora, including coffee plants, pines, and oaks, creating a rich habitat for numerous bird species.

The farm pièce de résistance is the hummingbird feeders’ zone, where visitors can witness a spectacular display of various hummingbird species converging to feed simultaneously. This breathtaking spectacle provides photographers and birdwatchers an unparalleled opportunity to observe and capture the vibrant beauty of these mesmerizing creatures.

After a spectacular birdwatching day, you’ll take a domestic flight to Flores Island and a chauffeur-driven transfer to your jungle lodge in Tikal. You’ll continue your birdwatching adventure amid the awe-inspiring Mayan ruins.

Witness the sunrise over the magnificent Mayan ruins of Tikal. As the sun illuminates the ancient temples and pyramids, prepare to be captivated by the mysterious aura surrounding these ruins in the lush Guatemalan forest.

Following breakfast, embark on a birdwatching adventure through the diverse habitats of Tikal National Park. You will journey along scenic hiking trails, past water reservoirs, and through the tropical forest, arriving at the central plaza – a prime location to spot the elusive Orange-breasted Falcon. After this, we’ll continue to Temple Number 4, another hotspot for observing this magnificent bird. As you traverse other park sectors, you’ll have ample opportunities to discover the rich avian life that flourishes here.

Tikal, renowned as one of the best birding locations in Guatemala, is home to over 400 recorded bird species, including 30 birds of prey and 60 migratory species. The vibrant forest and striking temples captivate the senses and serve as an ideal platform for birdwatching. Recognized as an important bird area due to the rarity of its avian wildlife, Tikal spans an impressive 55,005 hectares, providing a haven for countless unique bird species.

Afterward, we’ll conclude our unforgettable day with a drive to the picturesque island of Flores.

Bid farewell to the enchanting island of Flores as you head to Mundo Maya airport for your domestic flight back to Guatemala City, ready to embark on your international journey home. As you depart, take unforgettable memories of Guatemala’s incredible bird species, breathtaking landscapes, and fascinating historical sites.

map, expenses & price

Birdwatching and Mayan Ruins

Expenses included:
-All private transportation
-Six nights of hotel accommodations
-Domestic flights
-Professional certified guides
-Tours and activities as listed
-All park entrance fees
-Breakfast and two lunches



Yaxha Mayan Ruins

Experience the enchanting birdwatching world at Yaxha National Park, a haven for avian enthusiasts and nature lovers. This beautiful park, nestled within the luxuriant tropical forests of Guatemala, offers many opportunities for birdwatching among its iconic Mayan ruins. The harmonious calls of over 150 recorded bird species, including vibrant keel-billed toucans, elusive crested guans, and colorful parrots, will come as you explore the park. 

A pyramid is in the middle of the jungle of the National Park of Yaxha in Guatemala.
Aerial view of the jungles of Guatemala in the department of Peten.


Las Guacamayas

Explore the wonders of Las Guacamayas Biological Station, cradled within the Mayan Biosphere Reserve in Petén, Guatemala. This sanctuary focuses on conservation, research, community development, and responsible tourism while protecting the region’s natural and cultural heritage.

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