Neblina Forest Birding Tours

Birds you want to see on the Guatemalan Sierra Madre

Itinerary 1

Itinerary 1

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS, MARCH 2011,

Detail of Included meals: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner

Day 1

Arrival in La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City. Overnight in Guatemala City.

Day 2. (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast we will drive 2 hours to Tecpán for birding at high-elevation mixed forest looking for highland species like Pink-headed and Crescent-chested warbler. Drive (3 hours) to Los Tarrales Reserve on Southern slope of Atitlan volcano. In the late afternoon, birding will happen in the surroundings of the lodge. Dinner and overnight in Los Tarrales lodge.

Day 3 (B, L, D)

Full day birding in Los Tarrales. At about 1400 meters (4620 feet) we will be in search of Azure-rumped tanager, Bar-winged oriole, and White-eared ground sparrow. At a lower altitude (750 – 900 meters (2475 – 2970 feet) we will look for White-bellied chachalaca and Pacific parakeet. Lunch, dinner and overnight in Los Tarrales.

For those willing to make the effort of walking, this day there is an optional Tour to the habitat of the HORNED GUAN (for a group of maximum 4 people). This group will start, early morning, with a 4-WD ride (45 minutes) from the lodge ascending to an elevation of 1400 meters (4620 feet). From there, we will start a very strenuous up-hill hike to an area between 2200 and 2600 meters (7260 to 8580 feet), on an uneven, steep and narrow path (without switchbacks) in the cloud forest. The main target is the Horned guan, plus other highland specialties, such as Highland guan, Black-throated jay, and Green-throated mountain-gem. Dinner and overnight in Los Tarrales.

Day 4 (B)

Early morning birding in the shade grown coffee plantations and mixed habitat around the main house in Los Tarrales. After breakfast, drive to Antigua Guatemala. Afternoon birding at El Pilar Coffe Farm. Some target species here are Rufous sabrewing, Blue-tailed hummingbird, Bushy-crested jay, Bar-winged oriole. Overnight in Antigua Guatemala.

Day 5 (B, D)

Early morning drive to Cerro Alux, a pine and oak forest between Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City. Some of the target species here are Blue-throated motmot, Blue-and-white mockingbird, Black-capped swallow, and Rufous-browed wren. From here we will drive to the motagua Valley for Lunch and birding in the afternoon in the dry forest. Last stretch of the drive today will take us to a hotel near Biotopo del Quetzal for our overnight. (Our mean of transportation will be a 4WD-vehicle for the route between Antigua Guatemala and Chelemhá.)

Day 6 (B, L, D)

After breakfast, drive from Biotopo del Quetzal to Chelemhá (3,5 hours). Afternoon birding around the Chelemhá lodge. Some target birds: Garnet-throated hummingbird, Buffy-crowned wood-partridge, and Prevost´s ground sparrow. Lunch, dinner and overnight in the Chelemhá lodge.

Day 7 (B, L, D)

Full day birding in Chelemhá (cloud forest and secondary growth adjacent to the forest around the lodge). Some target species: Highland guan, Garnet-throated hummingbird, Emerald toucanet, Green-throated mountain-gem, Blue-throated motmot. Overnight in the Chelemhá lodge.

Day 8 (B, L, D)

Full day birding in Chelemhá.

Day 9 (B, L)

Morning birding at Chelemhá. Late morning drive back to Guatemala City, with a birding stop on the way. Dinner and overnight in Guatemala City.

Day 10 (B)

Transfer to La Aurora International Airport.


Arrival 4-March-2017
Departure 13-March-2017


Máximum of four participants. Note: This is a 3 to 4 hour hike up Atitlan Volcano, very strenuous hike not recommended if you have any health problems that would restrain you from heavy physical exercise or if you are not used to strong physical effort.


5 days / 4 nights

Detail of Included meals: B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner

Day 1 (B, L, D)

Early morning flight (40 minutes) from Guatemala City to Flores. After breakfast in Flores, drive to Yaxhá (2 hours). Birding in the surroundings of the lodge and the archeological site of Yaxhá. Species like the Mealy parrot and White-crowned parrot are expected in this area. Lunch, dinner and accommodation at El Sombrero Eco-camp at the shore of Yaxhá Lake.

Day 2 (B, L, D)

Morning session birding at Yaxhá during a boat ride towards the archeological site. Drive to Tikal right after lunch. Upon arrival, afternoon birding session. Overnight in our Hotel Jaguar Inn or similar in Tikal.

Day 3 and 4 (B, L, D)

Two full days birding in Tikal. Some target species are Ocellated turkey, Orange-breasted falcon, White hawk, Pheasant cuckoo. Both overnights in our Hotel Jaguar Inn or similar in Tikal.

Day 5 (B, L)

Morning birding in Tikal. In the afternoon drive to Flores (1.5 hours) and immediately check in for our flight to Guatemala City. Farewell dinner in a restaurant and accommodation in Guatemala City.

Day 6 (B)

Transfer out to La Aurora International Airport.


  • Beginning 13-March-2017
  • Departure 18-March-2017
  • * All photos above by Claudia Avendaño

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