Join Naturalist Journeys for the NEW! Guatemala nature tour. Guatemala, a small country in northern Central America, once formed the core of Maya civilization. Today, in addition to hosting a stunning array of Neotropical birds and a colorful Maya culture, it offers imposing ancient architecture in the form of temple pyramids such as those of Tikal — some of the most famous in the Americas. These structures rise out of an extensive area of tropical rainforest, the largest in the Americas north of the Amazon and often called the “Mayan Rainforest.” This rainforest is so vast and so pristine that it still holds populations of large mammals such as Jaguar and Baird’s Tapir, as well as gamebirds such as Ocellated Turkey and Great Curassow.

On this Guatemala birding tour, we explore the natural history of the “Selva Maya,” while also taking in the cultural wonders that this part of the world has to offer. Tikal itself is perhaps one of the richest birding sites in all of northern Central America, while Las Guacamayas Biological Station offers a wonderful combination of comfortable lodging set in a remote area of forest. Since this tour is scheduled in late March, colorful tanagers, toucans, parrots, and manakins abound, joined by more familiar migratory warblers, tanagers, and orioles from points north.

We invite you to join us for this exciting and new Guatemala tour.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore and birdwatch in the “Selva Maya,” the largest tropical rainforest north of the Amazon and home to an extraordinary biodiversity of both plant and animal species
  • Marvel at the grandeur of the ancient ruins of Tikal, the capital of one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya
  • Visit the Waka' Perú Archaeological Site, the former capital of an ancient Maya city-state and a stronghold for the Guatemalan population of Scarlet Macaw
  • Experience a stay at Las Guacamayas Biological Station; enjoying the accommodations and cuisine and learn about its many environmental and social programs
  • Search for many colorful bird species typical of northern Central American rainforest: Ocellated Turkey, Keel-billed Toucan, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Slaty-tailed Trogon, Tody Motmot, Yellow-winged Tanager, Red-capped Manakin, and so many more

Photo credits: Banners: Tikal Ruins by Lori Conrad; Central American Spider Monkey by Peg Abbott; Keel-billed Toucan by Doug Greenberg; Red-eyed Tree Frog by Greg Smith; Boat-billed Herons by Tom Dove; Red-capped Manakin by Peg Abbott; Rufous-tailed Hummingbird by Sandy Sorkin; Black Howler Monkey by Peg Abbott; Fork-tailed Flycatcher by Hugh Simmons Photography; Red-lored Parrots by Sandy Sorkin; Black-headed Trogon by Peg Abbott.