Guatemala


Upcoming Departures:

Cloud Forest & Caribbean Slope

Green-throated Mountain-gem (Lampornis viridipallens)
Green-throated Mountain-gem (Lampornis viridipallens)

Overview

Action packed, ten days of pure birding that take you to John Cahill’s favorite birding hotspots in Guatemala. From dry thorn-forest to mossy cloud-forest to towering rainforest, changing habitats around every corner. The endemics and rarities just keep coming!

Gray-throated Chat (Granatellus sallaei)
Gray-throated Chat (Granatellus sallaei)

Focusing on neotropical migrants, highland endemics and Yucatan specialties, you will cover much of northern and eastern Guatemala.

This trip is ideal for beginners as well as avid birders, photographers, and anyone looking for an authentic birding experience in this beautiful country.

Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia)
Golden-cheeked Warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia)

Details

2 to 10 participants

Duration: 10 days (11 nights)

Experience northern Guatemala with Xikanel Birding Adventures


Alta & Baja Verapaz

Azure-hooded Jay (Cyanolyca cucullata)
Azure-hooded Jay (Cyanolyca cucullata)

Overview

This itinerary explores the diverse heart of Guatemala. Taking you on the road less travelled to many of the hidden gems that Alta and Baja Verapaz have to offer.

Scaled Antpitta (Grallaria guatimalensis)
Scaled Antpitta (Grallaria guatimalensis)

Focusing on the more difficult highland endemics and foothill specialties.

Travel times between destinations are short as our route stays within the Verapaz, a region that boasts over 550 species of birds.

Fan-tailed Warbler (Basileuterus lachrymosus)
Fan-tailed Warbler (Basileuterus lachrymosus)

Details

2 to 8 participants

10 days (11 nights)

Explore the Verapaz with Xikanel Birding Adventures


Altiplano & Pacific

Yellow-naped Parrot (Amazona auropalliata)
Yellow-naped Parrot (Amazona auropalliata)

Overview

This birding adventure takes you on an enchanting tour of Guatemala’s volcanic corridor and pacific lowlands.

White-throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta formosa)
White-throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta formosa)

Focusing on pacific-slope and highland endemics, this is a relaxed trip with short drives between birding hotspots and opportunities to experience Guatemala’s rich culture.

Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus)
Horned Guan (Oreophasis derbianus)

Details

2 to 8 participants

10 days (11 nights)

Experience the Western Highlands & Pacific with Xikanel Birding Adventures


Trip extension to Sierra de las Minas

Fulvous Owl (Strix fulvescens)
Fulvous Owl (Strix fulvescens)

Overview

This adventure into the wilderness of the Sierra de las Minas takes you far away from civilization.

We put a lot of effort into making the camping style accommodations as comfortable as possible, providing cooked meals.

Wine-throated Hummingbird (Atthis elioti)
Wine-throated Hummingbird (Atthis elioti)

Focusing on experiencing one of the most wild places in Guatemala and the most sought-after highland endemics such as Horned Guan and Fulvous Owl.

Details

2 to 6 participants

3 days (4 nights, 2 nights camping)

Oak trees at Sierra de las Minas
Oak forest at Sierra de las Minas

Discover the Sierra de las Minas with Xikanel Birding Adventures


Day trip to the Chixoy

Carolina 'Verapaz' Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus subfulfus)
Carolina ‘Verapaz’ Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus subfulfus)

Overview

This day trip visits the semi-arid forest along the Chixoy River and can be done while based in Cobán or Santa Cruz Verapaz.

Fan-tailed Warbler (Basileuterus lachrymosus)
Fan-tailed Warbler (Basileuterus lachrymosus)

Target species include Elegant Trogon, Fan-tailed Warbler, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Mountain Elaenia, Crested Bobwhite and the range restricted subspecies Carolina ‘Verapaz’ Wren.

Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)
Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa)

Details

1 to 6 participants

1 full day of birding

Visit the Chixoy for a day with Xikanel Birding Adventures


Schedule a Tour

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All photos copyright John Cahill.

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