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Birdwatching in Mayan Ruins

5 days & 4 nights
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Flores Guatemala International Airport
Flores Guatemala International Airport

Birdwatching in Mayan Ruins


Birdwatching in Mayan Ruins. Explore the richness of the forests of the Mayan Cities where more than hundreds of bird species prosper.  Discover the keel-billed toucans, parrots, neotropical raptors, the rare orange-breasted falcon and many more.

Birdwatching in Mayan Ruins

  • TikalTikal is the most famous Mayan city of Guatemala surrounded by a magnificent jungle.
  • YaxhaYaxha is the third largest Mayan city known in the lowlands of Guatemala. It’s position is strategic, as it is located at the center point between the cities of Tikal and Caracol.
  • Flores IslandThis great island is truly a memorable attraction! It’s the perfect place to rest and relax during your exploration of the numerous cities that formed the Mayan Empire.
  • Lake PetenOn Lake Petén Itzá you can go on sunset tours to observe the flora and fauna. You can also explore the archaeological sites that surround the lake.

Birdwatching in Mayan Ruins

Itinerary | 5 days & 4 nights

Day 1. Arrival to the international airport of Flores, Guatemala. 

Activity: Bird watching tour Uaxactún

Today you will be welcomed at the airport of Flores and be brought to your hotel. The hotel is located directly next to Tikal, known as ‘The Mayan City of Voices’. 

You will go on a bird watching tour through Uaxactun. This Mayan site is located in the north of Peten and is one of the most outstanding Mayan cities constructed during the preclassic period. This site represents features of a very complex society, where its leaders used symbolism of buildings and masks as the base of their power. Here, the oldest architecture has been found in the vault of the lowlands, including copies of murals that have figures of leaders, always in mythological contexts.

Day 2. Sunrise adventure to the Mayan City of Tikal. 

Activity: Sunrise tour through Tikal

In the morning you will be taken on a sunrise tour through the temples of Tikal. While it is still dark, you will hike through the jungle for about 45 minutes before arriving at the highest temple of the city, Temple number four, in time to watch a spectacular sunrise over the Mayan ruins. As the sunrise reaches its peak, you will hear the jungle canopy wake up. Monkeys, birds and other animal species create a fantastic cacophony of sound, which is a truly magical experience. The rest of the day you will have plenty of time to discover the rest of Tikal, ‘the city of voices’. 

Tikal is a great place for bird watching because of its location in the rainforest. More than 400 bird species have been reported in northern Guatemala. The tops of the ruins are the perfect viewpoints to see canopy birds like Keel-billed Toucans, different species of parrots (Mealy, Red-lored, White-fronted, White-crowned), and Neotropical raptors. Tikal is also one of the best sites to see the rare Orange-breasted Falcon. The exuberant forest and the impressive Mayan temples are both majestic and mystical. 

Day 3. Tour to the Mayan City of Yaxha. 

Today you will go on a tour to discover the impressive Mayan city of Yaxha. This is the third Mayan city known in the lowlands of Guatemala, located in the north of the lagoon with the same name. It is a stunning place for nature, birdwatching and of course, Mayan Archeology.

The tropical forests have the largest variety of botanical species in the world. The abundance of water in this impressive Mayan site makes way for a greater diversity of fauna. Yaxha National Park has reported more than 40 species of mammals, 14 species of amphibians, 45 species of reptiles, 22 species of fishes and 150 species of birds.

The bird watching experience in this area is as impressive as in Tikal, and you will find a wide variety of exotic avian species. From the remarkable solstice observatory, you can observe swarms of Red-lored Parrots (Amazona autumnalis), White-fronted Parrots (Amazona albifrons), Mealy parrots (Amazona Farinosa), and White-crowned Parrots (Pionus senilis), flying over the canopy of the Yaxha rainforest in search of their evening roosting sites. At the lagoon, you may even observe the rare Jabiru.

Day 4. Boat tour in Lake Peten. 

After breakfast, you will go on a boat tour of Lake Peten. It has several islands, one of which is Flores. The amount of archeological sites, flora, and fauna make Lake Peten Itza a great travel destination. By boat you will be taken to the Mayan site of Tayazal for a birdwatching tour. This wildlife paradise is a perfect destination for those who love nature and want to go outside to observe countless species of birds.

In the evening, you will go on a boat sunset tour and have a glass of wine and cheese while enjoying stunning views of the lake.

Day 5. Transfer to the airport Mundo Maya, Flores. 

Unfortunately, today marks the end of the trip. After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport.  You can extend this trip with one of our other tours. Contact us for more information.


Birdwatching in Mayan Ruins
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From $700 per person
  • Private transportationDoor to door private transportation for the transfers listed in the travel itinerary
  • Hotels4 nights Jungle Lodge Accommodation
  • Guides and driversDrivers and local professional guides for the tours listed
  • FoodDaily breakfast
  • Entrance FeesAll entrance fees are included
  • Price does not includedInternational flights. Personal, travel and cancellation insurance. Other expenses than indicated
  • * This price is based in 8 guests

Birdwatching in Mayan Ruins

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