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Guatemala

Our tour starts out in the cool cloud forests of Finca El PIlar, just a short drive from our comfortable hotel in Antigua… …where we’ll enjoy an introduction to some of Guatemala’s classic highland species like this Gray Silky-Flycatcher. Continuing higher into the mountains, we’ll visit mixed pine-oak woodlands, home to one of the most special birds of the region… …the incomparable Pink-headed Warbler! Our drives will be broken up with with plenty of delicious Guatemalan coffee… …before we arrive at some famous fincas south of Lake Atitlán, where species like Yellow-winged Tanager are common… …and we’ll make a special effort to track down the gorgeous Turquoise-browed Motmot. Raptors are often a fixture at Finca Los Tarrales, with Short-tailed Hawks soaring above us… …and maybe, if we’re really lucky, a roosting Stygian Owl! We’ll offer an optional hike up one of the local volcanos, which will be strenuous but not without its rewards… …hopefully including the enigmatic Horned Guan! Those who don’t head up a volcano can stay at lower elevations and search for other local specialties… …perhaps including Lesser Roadrunner. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the beautiful pine savanna at Todos Santos Cuchamatán, which is home to Guatemala’s only true endemic… …the stunning and unique Goldman’s Warbler! We’ll have a full morning to enjoy the beautiful scenery and amazing warbler, which can be delightfully common… …before descending again to lush cloud forest at Fuentes Georginas… …where we will take time to enjoy any non-birds that we encounter, like this huge Rothschildia moth. If the roadside flowers are in bloom, we might even encounter the eye-melting Garnet-throated Hummingbird! The end of the main tour will see us back in Guatemala City, where the food is divine… …and those who take the Tikal extension will quickly head off on a short flight to the northern lowlands… …where iridescent Ocellated Turkeys strut among stunning Mayan temples. We’ll have plenty of time to explore the trails around Tikal, looking for understory species like this Sepia-capped Flycatcher… …and perhaps some Yucatan endemics like Gray-throated Chat… …or maybe Black Catbird. We’ll also spend some time birding the open fields and marshes nearby, which are home to Fork-tailed Flycatchers… …and, if we’re lucky, perhaps a Pinnated Bittern!