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Los Tarrales Birding Tour

Embark on a unique adventure with the los tarrales birding tour, an exquisite haven for birdwatchers.

Nestled in the lush landscapes of Guatemala, Los Tarrales Reserve stands out as a premier destination for avian enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The Los Tarrales Birding Tour invites you to explore the rich biodiversity and unparalleled beauty of Guatemala’s first private birding reserve, offering a haven where birdwatching’s vibrant world melds seamlessly with nature’s tranquility.

Diverse Ecosystems and Remarkable Species

Situated in the southeast region of the Atitlan Volcano, the reserve spans elevations from 615 to 2,600 meters above sea level, crafting a unique mosaic of habitats that host a remarkable variety of species. From the lowland rainforests to the highland cloud forests, every altitude presents a new chapter of exploration and discovery for birdwatchers.

A Spectrum of Avian Wonders

As you embark on the Los Tarrales Birding Tour, you’ll traverse a spectrum of ecosystems, each teeming with distinct avian life and flora. Furthermore, the reserve is a sanctuary for endemic and migratory birds and a testament to the rich biodiversity that Guatemala proudly hosts. The avian treasures awaiting discovery are boundless, from the vibrant Azure-rumped Tanager to the elusive Horned Guan.

Conservation Efforts and Sustainability

Moreover, Los Tarrales Reserve shines as a beacon of conservation efforts, ensuring the preservation of the pristine habitats and the species they host for future birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Engaging in a birding tour here not only satiates your passion for birdwatching but also contributes significantly to the vital conservation initiatives undertaken by the reserve.

Beyond Birdwatching: A Holistic Nature Experience

In addition to the avian wonders, the reserve also offers a rich tapestry of other wildlife, including various mammals, reptiles, and stunning flora, providing ample opportunities for photography and nature appreciation. Consequently, the Los Tarrales Birding Tour transcends mere birdwatching, offering a holistic nature immersion experience.

Guided Journeys Through Cherished Locales

Expert guides lead the way, curating each tour to provide an enriching and educational journey through one of Guatemala’s most cherished natural locales. Whether you are an experienced birder or a novice nature lover, the Los Tarrales Birding Tour promises a captivating adventure through the heart of Guatemala’s vibrant ecosystems.

Embark on a Spectacular Nature Journey

Embark on a journey where every step introduces a new spectacle of nature, and every glance reveals the vibrant hues of birdlife only at Los Tarrales Reserve.

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  • Availability: All Year Round
  • Tour Duration: One Day
  • You Will Visit: Los Tarrales Nature Reserve
  • Round trip Private transportation
  • Entrance Fees to Los Tarrales Nature Reserve
  • Bird watching specialist tour guide (English- Spanish speaking)


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Do not worry, take a note that Birdwatching Guatemala is a tailor made birding company that offers birding excursions, starting from the most significant travel destinations, so let us know where you are, and your requirements, we can customize a personal birding trip for you

Some species to observe in Los Tarrales Birding Tour are:

  • Highland Guan
  • Pacific Parakeet
  • Yellow-naped Parrot
  • Rufous Sabrewing
  • Blue-tailed hummingbird
  • Resplendent Quetzal
  • Blue-throated Motmot
  • Long-tailed Manakin
  • Azure-rumped Tanager (cabani’s Tanager)

Packing Ideas – What to bring?

  • Small backpack
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hiking shoes

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1. Atitlan Nature Reserve


2. Orquigonia


3. Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve


4. Ixpanpajul Nature Park


5. Biotopo del Quetzal


6. Maya Biosphere Reserve


7. Estación Biológica Las Guacamayas


8. Auto Safari Chapin


9. Cerro Biotope Cahui


10. Tzantizotz Nature Reserve


11. Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii


12. Parque Natural Las Conchas


13. Vuelbe Mujer


14. Antigua Mountain Trail - Finca El Pilar


15. Parque Ecologico Chuiraxamolo


16. EcoPark La Igualdad


17. El Garden Antigua - The Butterfly House


18. Refugio del Quetzal


19. Parque Ecologico Los Senderos del Abuelo


21. Cerro Alto Parque Ecológico


22. Tarrales Natural Reserve


23. Cueva Del Tigre


24. Sendero Las Escobas


25. Corazon del Bosque


26. Volcan Monte Rico


27. Parque Ecologico Senderos de Alux


28. Peten Birders Club

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30. Rio Sachichá Villa Ecológica

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Guatemala Wildlife: Top 23 Animals to See

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Guatemala holds some of the most ecologically diverse environments in the world. The massive forest ecosystems and untouched mountains are the best places to see a wide range of wild animals in Guatemala wildlife.

There are probably many wild Guatemalan animals that you have probably never heard of and will only get a chance to see if you book a trip and travel to Guatemala .

In this article, you will learn about 23 incredible Guatemalan animals, some of which are even quite rare and others are so unique that seeing them in the wild is worth the price of your Guatemala vacation .

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Common name: ‘Resplendent quetzal’

Scientific name: Pharomachrus mocinno

The Resplendent quetzal is a small but strikingly beautiful bird native to Central America , including Guatemala. This bird is considered one of the most magnificent and colorful species in the world.

The quetzal holds significant cultural and symbolic importance in the region and is also the national bird of Guatemala.

There are so many interesting facts about the Quetzal like; the Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs used the feathers of their tails to decorate their outfits. It is truly one of the standouts of Guatemalan wildlife.

Ironically, despite its national significance in Guatemala, because of illegal hunting and habitat destruction, they are on the list to be one of the extinct wild animals in Guatemala.

I recommend taking time to catch a glimpse of the Quetzal by visiting El Biotopo del Quetzal (one of the most important national parks in Guatemala ) as part of tours that depart from Guatemala City or Antigua to Coban.

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2. Spider Monkey

Common name: ‘Spider Monkey’

Scientific name: Ateles geoffroyi

The Guatemalan spider monkey, also known as the black-handed spider monkey, is characterized by their long limbs, prehensile tail, and a mostly black body with distinctively lighter-colored hands and face.

Spider Monkeys are curious Guatemalan animals that live mainly in the tropical forests of Guatemala, but again the destruction of their habitat is reducing their population rapidly and in some places, they are almost extinct.

For a chance to see this curious creature in its natural habitat, consider taking the Tikal National Park private tour for an unforgettable experience to see the spider monkey and other wild animals in Guatemala. 

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Common name: ‘Keel-billed toucan’

Scientific name: Ramphastos sulfuratus

The Guatemalan Toucans are colorful and abundant tropical birds that can be found in Guatemala’s forests, especially in the areas of Peten and Coban, Alta Verapaz . 

These toucans are known for their vibrant and distinctive appearance, with a black body, a white throat, and a multicolored bill that features shades of green, red, orange, and yellow.

People love them so much that they used to have them as pets. This practice has now been forbidden in the country.

Probably the best place to see the Toucan is Tikal National Park in the Petén region which is home to over 300 bird species and a great place for birdwatching.

The Tikal National Park Wildlife Tour is a recommended option to see the Toucan and beginning at sunrise there is more than enough time to experience all the Park has to offer for Guatemalan wildlife and lots of opportunities for photos too. 

4.Montezuma Oropendola

Common name: ‘Montezuma Oropendola’

Scientific name: Psarocolius montezuma

If you are coming to Central America this magnificent bird called Montezuma Oropendola is something you can’t miss. 

Belonging to the icterid family this amazing bird is recognized for its distinctive appearance and captivating vocalizations.

In Guatemala, it can be seen primarily in the northern region of Peten. 

So keep your eyes open while exploring the Mayan ruins of the area like Tikal and Yaxhá. 

And the Yaxha National Park Tour is a private sunset tour where you will have the opportunity to spot a Montezuma Oropendola and many other wild animals in Guatemala.

5. Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Common name: ‘Olive Ridley Sea Turtle’

Scientific name: Lepidochelys olivacea

The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle is one of the smaller species of sea turtles and is recognized for its olive-green coloration.

You can observe Olive Ridley Sea Turtles in their natural habitat in Guatemala, particularly along the country’s Pacific coast. 

They love open ocean inhabitants and tend to avoid reef areas. In Guatemala, they can be seen nesting in Monterrico .

Olive Ridley Sea Turtles can also be encountered in mangrove areas and coastal zones along the Pacific coast, so consider taking guided boat tours or exploring these ecosystems for a chance to spot them.

Sipacate-Naranjo National Park located along the Pacific coast of Escuintla in Guatemala is a great place to see the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. 

Sipacate-Naranjo National Park beaches are breeding areas where several endangered turtle species lay their eggs, including the olive ridley.

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6. Armadillo

Common name: ‘Nine-banded Armadillo’

Scientific name: Dasypus novemcinctus

These armored little guys can be found from northern Argentina to the southern United States. 

Armadillo’s habitat is moist soil near the creeks, streams, and arroyos near which it generally lives and feeds. 

Armadillos are primarily nocturnal animals, so night safaris or guided tours that focus on nocturnal wildlife viewing can increase your chances of encountering them.

Armadillos are known for their elusive nature, but with the right timing and guidance, you may have the opportunity to spot these unique creatures in their natural environment. 

Many of Guatemala’s national parks and wildlife reserves provide habitat for armadillos. Places like Tikal National Park, Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, and Laguna Lachúa National Park offer opportunities to encounter these creatures and other wild animals in Guatemala.

7. Vampire Bat

Common name: ‘Vampire Bat’

Scientific name: Desmodus rotundus

This species of bat is one of three vampire bat species and is known for its feeding habits, which primarily involve blood meals from various animals, including livestock.

Vampire Bats live in a range that covers Mexico, Central America, and part of South America. 

In Guatemala, its preferred habitat is the tropics. They are commonly found in slowly bleeding farm animals like chickens.

Common vampire bats are primarily nocturnal, and observing them in their natural habitat can be challenging due to their secretive and nocturnal behavior. But the limestone cave systems of the Peten department are a good place to look for these little vampires.

Common name: ‘Ocelot’

Scientific name: Leopardus pardalis

The ocelot is a small wild cat known for its beautiful spotted coat and adaptability to a range of habitats including forests, highland mountain areas, and mangroves.

Many people confuse these cute felines with domestic cats because of their tiny bodies. These small carnivores love eating animals like rabbits, lizards, fish, and armadillos. 

Ocelots are elusive and primarily nocturnal animals, which can make spotting them in the wild quite challenging. But you could catch a glimpse of them at either Maya Biosphere Reserve, Tikal National Park , or Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve as well as other wild animals in Guatemala.

9. Brown Rat

Common name: Brown Rat

Scientific name: Rattus norvegicus

Brown rats are one of the best-known and most common animals in the world. They are the second most successful mammal in the world. 

In Guatemala, just as in the rest of the Countries of the world, they are mostly found in populated areas.

10. Capuchin Monkey

Common name: ‘White-Faced Capuchin’

Scientific name: Cebus capucinus

White-faced capuchin monkeys are small to medium-sized primates with distinct facial markings, typically having a white face and dark-colored body.

These small and inquisitive monkeys are the easiest to observe in the wild. 

Capuchin monkeys are diurnal (active during the day) and are often seen in the canopy of trees, where they forage for fruits, insects, and other food.

They can be found in forest and mangrove habitats up to 2,100m elevation. 

Tikal, one of the most famous Mayan archaeological sites in Guatemala, is also home to a variety of wildlife, including white-faced capuchin monkeys. 

You can explore the Tikal ruins and keep an eye out for these monkeys in the surrounding forest.

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11. White-Lipped Peccary

Common name: ‘White-Lipped Peccary’

Scientific name: Tayassu pecari

White-lipped peccaries are social and gregarious mammals that belong to the pig family (Suidae) and are known for their distinctive white facial markings.

White-lipped Peccaries are the big and aggressive brothers of the collared peccary and are widely considered the most dangerous peccary . 

They have been known to kill jaguars when trying to defend themselves. 

White-lipped peccaries often travel in groups, making them easier to spot and hear due to their vocalizations and the sound of them moving through the forest.

Maya Biosphere Reserve (Reserva de la Biosfera Maya) is a massive protected area in northern Guatemala that encompasses several national parks and wildlife reserves, including Laguna del Tigre National Park and Sierra del Lacandón National Park. 

These areas are home to White-Lipped Peccaries and other wildlife and there are several tours and day trips you can book online to visit Guatemala’s national parks and observe the amazing wildlife.

12. Brown Basilisk

Common name: ‘Brown Basilisk’

Scientific name: Basiliscus basiliscus

Brown Basilisks have the nickname ‘Jesus Lizard’ because when fleeing from a predator, they are so fast that they can even run on top of the water. 

They are native to Panama, Belize, northwestern Colombia, and Costa Rica. In Guatemala, this species is widespread and found practically anywhere where there is a water source. This species can be found in tropical and subtropical wet, moist, and dry forest habitats.

Basilisks are known for their excellent climbing and swimming abilities, and they are often seen basking in the sun near water or running on the surface of ponds and streams.

To see the Jesus Lizard in the wild, the Rio Dulce region in eastern Guatemala is a good place to visit with its rivers and lush landscapes that provide a suitable habitat for basilisks.

Take boat tours in Rio Dulce or explore the riverside areas to spot them and other water-based wild animals in Guatemala.

13. Spectacled Caimans

Common name: ‘Spectacled Caiman’

Scientific name: Caiman crocodilus

Spectacled caimans are small to medium-sized crocodilians and are known for their bony ridge between the eyes that gives them a “spectacled” appearance.

Although they are one of the smallest crocodile species , these guys are fierce predators. It can be found in much of Central and South America. It lives in a range of lowland wetland and riverside habitats and can tolerate salt water as well as fresh. 

Spectacled caimans are primarily nocturnal and can often be observed near the water’s edge and can be commonly found in wetlands and rivers, especially in the lowland regions of Guatemala

14. Black Hawk

Common name: ‘Black Hawk’

Scientific name: Buteogallus anthracinus

Black hawks are medium-sized raptors known for their dark plumage and distinctive call. These are successful predatory birds with a mysterious touch. 

They inhabit the Southwestern United States through Central America to Venezuela, Peru. 

Black hawks are typically observed perched in trees or flying over their preferred habitats.

Generally, these birds are found in lowland habitats, with a source of water nearby. In Guatemala, it can be found around the Caribbean coasts.

15. Black-Necked Stilt

Common name: ‘Black-Necked Stilt’’

Scientific name: Himantopus mexicanus

Black-necked stilts are wading birds known for their long, slender legs and distinctive black neck and head.

The Black-necked Stilt is an abundant shorebird of American wetlands and coastlines. It is found in Central America and the Caribbean. 

In Guatemala, they are commonly seen in the southern coasts. It is found in estuaries, salt ponds, and emergent wetland habitats.

Black-necked stilts are wading birds often seen foraging for food in shallow waters, particularly along the water’s edge.

16. Yucatan Black Howler

Common name: ‘Yucatan Black Howler’’

Scientific name: Alouatta pigra

Yucatan Black Howler

The Yucatan Howler is a species of howler monkey native to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, northern Belize, and northern Guatemala.

Yucatan howler monkeys are known for their distinctive calls and black fur, and they primarily inhabit forests and rainforests in the Yucatan Peninsula.

These howler monkeys are primarily folivores, which means their diet mainly consists of leaves. They also consume fruits, flowers, and some insects.

Yucatan black howlers are considered a near-threatened species due to habitat loss and hunting. Conservation efforts are in place to protect their populations.

Tikal National Park, one of the most famous Mayan archaeological sites in Guatemala, is also home to a population of Yucatan Black Howler Monkeys. 

While exploring the park’s ancient ruins, keep an eye out for these monkeys in the surrounding jungle and a few other wild animals in Guatemala.

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Common name: ‘Jaguar’’

Scientific name: Panthera onca

Jaguars are the largest big cat species in the Americas and are known for their powerful build and distinctive rosette-patterned coat.

Guatemala is one of the countries in Central America where jaguars can be found in their natural habitat. They inhabit a range of ecosystems, including tropical rainforests, lowland wetlands, and montane cloud forests. 

These elusive predators are known for their ability to adapt to various habitats and are typically spotted near water sources, forest edges, and areas where they hunt for prey.

Seeing a jaguar in the wild is a rare and challenging experience due to their elusive nature and declining population.

But, you could book a trip to the northern Petén region of Guatemala and visit the Maya Biosphere Reserve (Reserva de la Biosfera Maya) known to have Jaguars inhabit the region. 

It is one of the best places to have a slim chance of encountering jaguars. And even if you don’t manage to spot a Jaguar you will get to see a wide range of wild animals in Guatemala.


18. Baird’s Tapir

Common name: ‘Baird’s Tapir’’

Scientific name: Tapirus bairdii

Baird’s tapirs are the largest land mammals in Central America and are known for their distinct appearance, characterized by a long, flexible proboscis or snout.

Baird’s tapirs are primarily crepuscular and nocturnal, meaning they are most active during dawn and dusk or at night.

Baird’s Tapir

To see the Baird’s Tapir you could visit Sierra del Lacandón National Park which is part of the Maya Biosphere Reserve (Reserva de la Biosfera Maya). 

The Maya Biosphere Reserve is a vast protected area in the northern Petén region known to be a stronghold for Baird’s Tapirs. 

19. Guatemalan Pygmy Owl

Common name: ‘Central American Pygmy Owl’’

Scientific name: Glaucidium griseiceps

These small owls inhabit a variety of woodland and forested habitats across their range. 

While they can be found in Guatemala, they are also present in other parts of Central America, making them a regional species.

Their adaptability to different types of forested environments allows them to thrive in a variety of locations within the region.

Central American pygmy owls are small owls with a distinctive appearance, including a round head and large yellow eyes.

Unlike most other owls, Central American pygmy owls are often active during the daytime. They are known for their distinctive calls.

a Guatemalan Pygmy Owl on a tree

Consider staying at eco-lodges in Guatemala near known owl habitats and national parks and reserves .

20. Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey

Common name: ‘Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey’’

Geoffroy’s spider monkeys are large, long-limbed primates known for their prehensile tails and are often recognized for their black fur and bearded appearance.

Geoffroy’s spider monkeys are often seen high in the canopy of trees, where they forage for fruits and leaves.

While exploring the ancient Mayan ruins at Tikal , you may also encounter these monkeys in the surrounding jungle.

Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey

21. American Crocodile

Common name: ‘American Crocodile’

Scientific name: Crocodylus acutus

American crocodiles are a large species of crocodile known for their powerful jaws and semi-aquatic lifestyle. The American Crocodile is the second type of crocodile found in Guatemala together with the Spectacled Caiman.

American crocodiles are often seen basking in the sun near the water’s edge or partially submerged in water. 

American Crocodile

22. White-nosed Coati

Common Name: White-nosed Coati

Scientific name: Nasua narica

White-nosed coatis are members of the raccoon family (Procyonidae) and are known for their distinctive white facial markings and long, ringed tails.

White-nosed Coati

To see white-nosed coatis in their natural habitat in Guatemala, you can explore various regions with suitable woodland, forested, and lowland habitats

White-nosed coatis are often observed foraging on the forest floor or in trees, searching for fruits, insects, and other food. 

23. Hawksbill Turtle

Common Name: Hawksbill Turtle

Scientific name: Eretmochelys imbricata

Hawksbill turtles are a critically endangered species of sea turtle known for their distinctive beak-like mouth and beautiful tortoiseshell pattern on their shells.

Hawksbill Turtle

To see hawksbill turtles in their natural habitat in Guatemala, you can explore various coastal regions, particularly along the Caribbean coast, where these turtles nest.

Hawksbill turtles are primarily encountered in the water when they are foraging or nesting on sandy beaches to lay their eggs.

The most notable location for hawksbill turtle nesting and conservation in Guatemala is the Monterrico-Hawaii National Park. The park, especially the area near the town of Monterrico in Guatemala , is known for its efforts in sea turtle conservation. 

The best time to see hawksbill turtles nesting in this area is during the nesting season, which typically occurs from July to November.

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The Route to the Reserve

On Thursday, June 12, we headed for a Guatemala Birding & Photography Tour to the province of Retalhuleu.

We headed to the Municipality of El Palmar, in the department of Quetzaltenango; our final destination: was La Reserva Natural Patrocinio.

We left from La Antigua Guatemala, and took the scenic route from the colonial city through El Rodeo, and Escuintla.

This road offers spectacular scenery, especially since the road passes through the volcanic chain in front of the active Fuego volcano and its dormant twin, Acatenango.

Following the CA2 highway, we headed to Retalhuleu, where we took a secondary paved road. It is very difficult to get lost.

When we reached the crossroads where the Hotel and restaurant Siboney are located, there is a sign that leads you to the next intersection through a dirt road on the right side of the road.

Then we reached the reserve, the road was enjoyable, and we found ourselves surrounded by different crops.

We traveled 172 kilometers in approximately three and a half hours.

Wwe must consider that the passage through Cuyotenango is sometimes complicated and can take more time than expected to cross; this time, we were lucky.

When you arrive at the reserve, you immediately find yourself surrounded by crops, the forest, and lovely people.

Immediately before going to our rooms, we went to the restaurant area.

The views are impressive towards the woods. In the distance, the volcanoes, the most significant El Santa María, serve as a frame for a small but very active Santiaguito volcano.

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The Lodge at Patrocinio Reserve

The reserve has a lodge surrounded by different crops that attract birds and wildlife species that inhabit this part of the country’s area.

The lodge is divided into: Casa Patronal, Casa Del Bosque Santiaguito, Room del Bosque Patrocinio, Casa Campesina, and an area for Camping.

The restaurant area is open and has feeders for birds; the birds are familiar with the presence of people and present a fantastic photo opportunity.

The reserve is a family property with an extension of approximately 140 hectares.

The land distributed in forests and agricultural areas dedicated to producing coffee, macadamia, mangosteen, avocado, cocoa, among other crops.

We arrived around noon, checked in, and then we headed to the restaurant for our respective lunch.

While we waited for our food, the Yellow-winged Tanager (Thraupis abbas) and the Blue-grey Tanager (Thraupis episcopus) were there giving us a show.

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Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)

Blue-gray Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)

The Yellow-winged traveled towards the interior ceiling transporting material to build their nest; the Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi) did the same.

ellow-winged Tanager (Thraupis abbas)

Yellow-winged Tanager (Thraupis abbas)

The White-bellied Chachalaca (Ortalis leucogastra) disputed the space at a close distance in the Cecropias.

More species appeared, among them the Rufous-naped Wren (Campylorhynchus rufinucha), the Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus), and the Masked Tityra (Tityra semifasciata).

The gardens of Verbenaceae and heliconias were the favorites of the Cinnamon Hummingbirds (Amazilia rutila).

They vied for space against some daring Violet Sabrewing (Campylopterus hemileucurus), Blue-tailed Hummingbird (Saucerottia cyanura), and Canivet’s Emerald (Cynanthus canivetii).

Rufous-naped Wren (Campylorhynchus rufinucha)

Rufous-naped Wren (Campylorhynchus rufinucha)

After lunch, we decided to explore the trail that leads into the woods located at the back of the room.

The pacific parakeets were the first to appear feeding in the Teak trees.


Pacific Parakeet (Psittacara strenuus)

Entering the forest, about 200 meters between the forest and the bamboo area, we began to hear the call of the Long-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia linearis).

A few meters ahead, an adult and a youth gave us a few seconds to observe them. I was able to take some pictures.

The butterflies were also participants on the walk. Among them was a Common Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides) that quickly disappeared, leaving us the blue of its wings in our memory.

The trail is straightforward to walk most of it is flat with only one slope that can be easily walked.

Then, finally, we reached a more open area where the forest disappears, and the coffee-growing area begins.

Long-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia linearis)

Long-tailed Manakin (Chiroxiphia linearis)

Here the few trees inside the coffee plantation served as a perch and feeding area for species such as pairs of Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus), Masked Tityra (Tityra semifasciata), and Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi).

We spotted a Long-billed Starthroat (Heliomaster longirostris) that moved through the treetops.

Aalso a Tropical Pewee (Contopus cinereus), a pair of Yellow-faced Grassquit (Tiaris olivaceus), and Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons), among others.

Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)

Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus)

During the return, which we did by the same route, we found a Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris).

A fascinating bird that migrates from the south to the north where it comes to reproduce and then returns to the south.

Throughout dinner, the calls of a Mottled Owl (Ciccaba virgata) and Barn Owl (Tyto alba) could be heard in the distance.

Finally, a Collared Forest-Falcon (Micrastur semitorquatus) said goodbye to the day with its call.

That was our first day at the Patrocinio Reserve.


Masked Tityra (Tityra semifasciata)

The global big day.

The following day the dawn woke us up with the symphony of birds.

We went to the restaurant area to join the Swarovsky optics international transmission.

We met virtually one day before the global big day to shared a live-broadcast by digiscoping birds from different destinations through Swarovski spotting scopes and our phones.

The bird feeders at the restaurant area and the forest surrounding it were the stage from where it was broadcasted.

There wasn’t much time since several groups share the virtual space.

Still, after waiting, Maynor had the opportunity to bring some White-bellied Chachalacas (Ortalis leucogastra) from a nearby cecropia onto the stage.

White-bellied Chachalaca (Ortalis leucogastra)

White-bellied Chachalaca (Ortalis leucogastra )

After the transmission, we continued enjoying the morning’s movement and of cours ourGuatemala Birding & Photography Tour.

The tanagers were activated; the woodpeckers appeared, including the Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) and Golden-olive Woodpecker (Colaptes rubiginosus).

A Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus) flooded the environment with the sound of its hammering on an old tree.

The Yellow-naped Parrot (Amazona auropalliata) was present flying in the surroundings.

Some perched in the distance, we also spotted the Pacific Parakeet (Psittacara strenuus) which is common in this area.

A couple of Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus) were around a Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris), a Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus), and a Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus).

Yellow-naped Parrot (Amazona auropalliata)

Yellow-naped Parrot (Amazona auropalliata)

A pair of Scrub Euphonia (Euphonia affinis) appeared briefly at the feeders.

Then, a couple of Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae) moved among the heliconias.

Don Paulino, the local guide, came into action, a man over 80 who had been in Patrocinio Reserve for more than a couple of decades.

He asked us to accompany him to the parking area to show us more birds.

By the way, several artificial nests have been installed to support the parrots’ reproduction.

Scrub Euphonia (Euphonia affinis)

Scrub Euphonia (Euphonia affinis)

Don Paulino showed us a hole and a branch of another bush at an old tree very close by.

He told us that the Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus) would perch and then enter the nest to feed the chick.

Said and done, the bird appeared and then entered the nest to feed the hatchling.

Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)

Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)

Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis), spot-breasted Oriole (Icterus pectoralis), Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa), Black-headed Saltator (Saltator atriceps), and White-winged Tanager (Piranga leucoptera) appeared here.

Finally, in a tree in the parking lot, a group of Eastern Kingbirds (Tyrannus tyrannus) perched and caught our attention.

Following this show, we had breakfast and enjoyed the delicious organic coffee produced in the reserve.

After breakfast, we began a walk accompanied by Don Paulino. He was telling us the history of the reserve and the care of the crops.

First, of course, he tried to show us the wildlife of the place.

We spotted White-throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta formosa), Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa), and a Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus) that flew overhead.


Hook-billed Kite (Chondrohierax uncinatus)


Disturbed Tigerwing Butterfly (Mechanitis polymnia)

A fair amount of skippers, butterflies, dragonflies, and reptiles took up our time while we were trying to photograph them.

On the way back to the restaurant, we crossed the suspension bridge that passes over an area of ​​the stream where it is possible to make a quick-stop and take a refreshing swim..


Returning to the restaurant for lunch, we noticed that the birds were getting used to our presence.

At the feeder, the White-bellied Chachalaca (Ortalis leucogastra), and the Red-legged Honeycreeper (Cyanerpes cyaneus), the Turquoise-browed Motmot (Eumomota superciliosa) perched in front of us on the zip-line cable.

After lunch and a short rest, we walked along a small path in the lower part of the cabins.

Here, we found a White-throated Thrush (Turdus assimilis), an Ivory-billed Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus flavigaster), and a Lesson’s Motmot (Momotus lessonii).


Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis)

Further on, in the upper part of the bamboo forest, the endemic Guatemalan Tyrannulet (Zimmerius vilissimus) and a migratory Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) recharged energy before its long journey back north.

Wildlife & Nature Night Walk

After dinner, we agreed with Don Paulino to take a short night walk to explore the trails and thus, let us be surprised.

Don Paulino led us to a small pond where we found some frogs. He identified them by their calls.

After a search, we found the Morelet’s tree frog (Agalychnis moreletii), which appeared in the middle of some leaves, which we could admire and photograph, improving our Guatemala Birding & Photography Tour.

We tried to find the glass frog, but unfortunately, it was impossible. So it will remain pending for the near future.


Morelet’s tree frog (Agalychnis moreletii)

Then we headed to a pond without first running into an armadillo that ran me over.

We also found a coral snake and another snake species, that were searching for frogs, just like us, but with different intentions.

Several Morelet’s tree frogs (Agalychnis moreletii) were in the pond, we also found big toad.

This is how we ended a long but productive day at the Patrocinio Reserve.

The following day we headed to the restaurant for our last breakfast and to say goodbye to this beautiful place.

As always, the feeder surrounded by a lot of birds; this time, the Rufous-naped Wrens (Campylorhynchus rufinucha) were in charge of saying goodbye to our team.

The Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) showed us that the meeting point was there as we headed to the parking lot to board our vehicle.


Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis)

The Patrocinio reserve has a list of approximately 185 species of birds; it is a comfortable place, with good food and friendly people, like most of Guatemala’s country people.

The trails are very well made. The restaurant platform with its feeder is perfect for a  Guatemala Birding & Photography Tour.

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    Discover Guatemala City on a spectacular Wildlife Viewing Tour by Adventure Life. Tell us about your dream trip, and our Guatemala City experts will help you make it a reality. ... Experience the varied terrain and rich culture of the Maya on this 10-day Guatemala tour. Begin in colonial Antigua and drive to Lake Atitlan, visiting small markets ...

  17. Where to Go Wildlife and Bird Watching in Guatemala

    Petén. Tikal National Park is one of the rare places in Central America where you are guaranteed to see wildlife action. Even for novice wildlife spotters, you will feel like an expert. But Tikal isn't the only park full of amazing birds and wildlife. You'll get your share in Laguna Lachuá National Park, Naachtun-Dos Lagunas Biotope ...

  18. Guatemala Wildlife Tours 2023/2024

    3 superb wildlife tours in Guatemala. Planning to go on a wildlife tour in Guatemala? Check out 3 great wildlife tours in Guatemala supported by 12 reviews. All wildlife tours are delivered by 2 travel operators in Guatemala. Prices range from 3,145 USD to 3,557 USD and our wildlife tours last from 16 days and to 31 days.

  19. Guatemala Wildlife: Top 23 Animals to See

    23 Incredible Wild Animals in Guatemala Guatemala Wildlife: Top 23 Animals to See Guatemala holds some of the most ecologically diverse environments in the world. The massive forest ecosystems and untouched mountains are the best places to see a wide range of wild animals in Guatemala wildlife.

  20. Auto Safari Chapin Drive-Through Nature Park & Zoo from Puerto ...

    Overview. This drive-through safari tour from Puerto Quetzal is a kid-friendly way to discover Guatemala's wildlife without leaving the comfort of a private vehicle. Skip the hassle of renting a car and enjoy door-to-door transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle that takes you straight from your cruise port to the drive-through safari.

  21. Guatemala Tours & Trips

    Info Talk with an expert Build your ideal Guatemala trip. Call 1.406.541.2677 Start Planning My Trip Our Guatemala tours take you through the ancient Maya ruins of Tikal, the volcanoes of the Guatemala highlands, and the colonial city of Antigua. Visit indigenous families and take in the colorful local culture on an interactive Guatemala tour.

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    Activities Destinations $1,522 Guatemala Explorer 8 Day Itinerary Tour Antigua's churches & palaces Attend a bustling local market Visit a women's textile cooperative Discover the pyramids of Tikal Activities: Archaeological Site Visits, Local Market Visits, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing Activity Level: Relaxed

  23. Guatemala Birding & Photography Tour

    The Route to the Reserve. On Thursday, June 12, we headed for a Guatemala Birding & Photography Tour to the province of Retalhuleu. We headed to the Municipality of El Palmar, in the department of Quetzaltenango; our final destination: was La Reserva Natural Patrocinio. We left from La Antigua Guatemala, and took the scenic route from the ...