Guatemala: Birds & Art in the Highlands: Mar 01—08, 2019
A Birds, Nature & Culture Tour
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The heart of the Mayan world, Guatemala offers imposing architectural monuments, a vibrant and friendly modern culture, and some of the best and easiest birding in Central America. Our main tour, based in charming Antigua, is followed by a short extension to the greatest of ancient Mayan cities, Tikal, with its wealth of tropical birds.
One of the best-preserved colonial towns in the Americas, Antigua is at the center of the Antigua Important Bird Area, home to such range-restricted specialties as Pink-headed Warbler, Blue-throated Motmot, and Green-throated Mountain-gem. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua is equally rich in cultural experiences, and our explorations will take us to sites including the vast art collections of Casa Santo Domingo and the Kakchikel fortress of Iximché, the last capital of the Maya kingdom.
Set in a vast rain forest, the pyramids and palaces of Tikal, site of our short post-tour extension, are a spectacular backdrop for such sought-after birds as Orange-breasted Falcon, Ocellated Turkey, and Gray-throated Chat.
A relaxed tour, with good to very good accommodations and food; short drives and slow-paced, easy walks of one to two miles at elevations between 5,000 and 8,500 feet; temperatures in the 70s and 80s F and little precipitation expected at this season in the highlands. The Tikal extension takes us to low-elevation rain forest, where temperatures can be hot and the air heavy; accommodations and food good.