Birdwatching holidays in Guatemala Birdwatching holidays in Guatemala

Central America is well known as a leading birdwatching destination, with many of the world’s most brightly coloured birds, most of which are found nowhere else on the planet. While serious birders will head off for the day with binoculars, big camera lenses and checklists of birds they aim to spot, even the most amateur of wildlife enthusiasts will marvel at the spectacular discoveries they make in the Central American forests.

On the slopes of Atitlan Volcano in Guatemala, around an hour from the tourist town of Panajachel on the Atitlan lakeshore and two hours’ drive from Antigua, Los Tarrales reserve is a protected natural forest which offers some of the country’s finest birdwatching. The reserve was established as a coffee plantation and exotic flower farm, and thanks to a prolonged absence of hunting it has attracted a profusion of endemic species of birds and mammals. Threatened species which can be found here include the Horned and Highland Guan, the Azure-rumped Tanager, and the Pink-headed Warbler. And as if the many small, brightly coloured birds weren’t enough reason to see this natural wonder for yourself, you’re likely to see Black-Hawk Eagles and King Vultures riding the thermals high above the volcano’s densely wooded slopes.

Birdwatching trips from Los Tarrales typically head into the forest and follow the complex network of trails; some routes require a 4×4 transfer from the lodge. Los Tarrales is very much set up to cater for birdwatchers, and the guides employed by the reserve are expert birders who between them have made the first sightings of several species. They will try to show each group as many of the park’s species as possible; on some hikes over 100 bird species can be seen within a few busy hours. Butterflies are also prolific here, with over 270 species found within Los Tarrales. The reserve is so full of wildlife that you don’t even have to make much of an effort to be rewarded with sightings: the fruit feeders around the lodge are regularly replenished and attract many bird species including hummingbirds, orioles, woodpeckers and tanagers.

Los Tarrales lodge has 10 rooms (all are simply furnished and include private bathrooms); meals are provided in the main dining room. The lodge is at around 750 metres above sea level, so the nights are typically pleasant without getting particularly cold. Near to the lodge is a small village and a coffee processing plant (coffee tours are also available). Some of the profits from the tourist activities at Los Tarrales go towards conservation of the forest, while the reserve also helps the local community by providing social support and funding the village school.

The Sunvil Family

By The Sunvil Family

14th September 2016



The Sunvil Family
The Sunvil Family
The Sunvil Family

Sunvil's holidays are designed by passionate travellers just like you. Our reservations experts and product teams, many of whom have been with us for many years, are passionate about our destinations and, through their personal, first-hand knowledge can answer any questions that you may have. They are well qualified to advise and recommend, based on your own holiday criteria. We can point you to those special, little-known places, some not found even in guidebooks.

Call one of our experts to discuss your next holiday with Sunvil on

020 8568 4499

We're open today till 5:30 PM

Make an Enquiry

Please use this form to request further information about a Sunvil holiday or destination.

We promise that a member of our specialist reservation teams will reply personally to your holiday enquiry before 5.30pm if received before 12.00pm (Monday to Friday). Enquiries received after 12.00pm will be replied to within 24-hours (excluding Sundays).

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Spain, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774

Required Information

* Mandatory Information
Title *
First name *
Surname *
Telephone number *
Alternative telephone number
Email address *
Confirm email address
Preferred method of communication *
If you would like to be called during a specific period, please specify

Details

Preferred departure date *
Duration *
Preferred UK departure airport *
Party size *

Back

  • Adults(12+ yrs)
  • Children(2 to 11 yrs)
  • Infants(Under 2 yrs)
Budget range
Other comments:

Email newsletters

We promise that a member of our specialist reservation teams will reply personally to your holiday enquiry before 5.30pm if received before 12.00pm (Monday to Friday). Enquiries received after 12.00pm will be replied to within 24-hours (excluding Sundays).

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Spain, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774

Required Information

* Mandatory Information
Title *
First name *
Surname *
Telephone number *
Alternative telephone number
Email address *
Confirm email address
Preferred method of communication *
If you would like to be called during a specific period, please specify
Booking reference number *
Alternatively, please enter your query in the box below:

Email newsletters

Thank you for your enquiry

Thank you for your enquiry. A member of our specialist reservation teams will be in touch shortly.

If your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please telephone our dedicated reservation teams on the numbers listed below.

Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday and from 9.30am to 4.30pm Saturday.

  • Greece: 020 8758 4758
  • Cyprus: 020 8758 4759
  • Portugal, the Azores, Italy, Sicily and Scandinavia: 020 8758 4722
  • Latin America: 020 8758 4774

Your details have been saved

Feel free to continue to browse the site and add to your enquiry. Don't forget to send the enquiry before you leave!

My Suitcase

We understand that so much choice can be overwhelming which is why we have developed 'My Suitcase'. This facility allows you to save and compare your favourite holidays, and even allows you to return to your selection at a later stage.

Why not use 'My Suitcase' to compile a wish list of your future Sunvil holidays?

 

Sign in


New to Sunvil?

Create Account


Already have an account?

Password reset

Back

Close

Close