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Central Highlands Bird watching Tour

Birding hotspots:  Los Ranchitos Reserve, Biotopo del Quetzal Reserve, El Pilar Reserve
Tour operation: all year round     
3 Days / 2 nights

The experience

Guatemala opens its doors to birdwatchers and all tourists that enjoy nature and culture to come and enjoy this beautiful kaleidoscopic country through its birds.  Within a mosaic of seven main eco-regions, Guatemala holds one of the most amazing diversity of birds in the world. Over 700 exotic, rare, endemic and migratory species are scattered over these regions in one this small, unique country.

o    This trip is an exciting birding journey designed so that most birders see 100 to over 160 species in 3 days.  "Resplendent Quetzal" may top of the favorite bird list for many on the     trip.
o    Top birds: Russet-crowned Motmot, Turquoise-browed Motmot , Lesser Roadrunner, Altamira Oriole, Resplendent Quetzal, Highland Guan, Barred Parakeet, Unicolored Jay, Black-throated Jay, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Tufted Flycatcher, Pine Flycatcher, Spotted Nightingale-Thrush, Rufous-collared Thrush, Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer, Rufous-capped Warbler, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, Black-headed Siskin…
o    Habitats covered        cloud forest, thorny scrub, oak forest
o    Expected climate        warm to cold and dry
o    Tour speed & walking         moderate       
o    Accommodation        comfortable
o    Easy of Birding        light
o    Other attractions    historical city of Antigua
o    Photographic  opportunities very good

--What you can expect—
DAY 1:    
Early morning transfer to Las Verapaces region, located 160 km (100 miles). During the journey is an opportunity to stop for birding at the Dry Forest  located in the Motagua River valley an arid area with warm temperatures with a unique and very characteristic avifauna.   This afternoon enjoy a guided walk along trails in the cloud forest.  Overnight stay at hotel near the site.

DAY 2:    
This morning depart the hotel for early morning birding at  the Biotope Reserve located 4 km away (2 miles). The site is a protected area founded by Mario Dary Rivera, former director of San Carlos University in 1977. The reserve covers 1,150 hectares of primary cloud forest, from 1500m to 2300m.   Following lunch, journey to Antigua Guatemala 210 km (130 miles) away. Overnight in Antigua Guatemala.

DAY 3:   
This day enjoy a guided bird watching tour at the forest reserve of Finca El Pilar located just 10 minutes drive from Antigua.  The elevation is from 1900m to 2400m with tropical dry forest, mixed highland forest.   Check out of the hotel and return to Guatemala City.  Overnight in Guatemala City.

03 nights hotel accommodation
All breakfasts
Bird watching Tour Guide
Transport to the designated locations
Entrance fees to places visited

Customized birding tours can be planned for groups or individuals.

Azure Crowned Hummingbird
Black And White Warbler Jose Yee
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher Phil Yates
Bushtit  Jose Yee
Green Heron
Grey Headed Tanager Phil Yates
Pink Headed WarblerAlex Navarro
Pygmy Owl
Red Capped Manakin Phil Yates
Rufous  Collared Sparrow HE
Trogan W Undertail  Visible