Birdwatching in Honduras & Guatemala
Birdwatching in Honduras, is over varied habitats with as many as 270 bird species in Copán region alone. Birdwatching areas near Copan include El Malcote, surrounded by tropical rainforest. San Francisco Road towards La Laguna, provides a mix of habitats to watch beautiful birds all over the road. La Pintada, a small ancient Mayan village, boasts a huge number of birds all over the Copan Valley and the river makes of this tour, something pretty.
This tour includes Guatemala & Capon (Honduras) with a birdwatching tour. Beginning in Antigua, Guatemala, travel in the Guatemalan highlands to Lake Atitlan, a caldera filled with shimmering water. The area offers opportunities to kayak, bike, hike and zip-line. Transfer to Copán ruins, one of the most important Mayan sites in western Honduras, also famous for bird watching opportunities. Continue to Tikal National Park, Guatemala, where the ruins dates back to 800 BC to 900 AD.
Birdwatching in Honduras & Guatemala Antigua, Copan (Honduras), Yaxha, Tikal
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Antigua Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Antigua
Overnight in Antigua hotel.
Day 2 – Architecture & History Tour
Antigua Take a half day walking tour of Antigua. The city is located in the central highlands of Guatemala and is known for its well-preserved Spanish – Mudéjar influenced Baroque architecture as well as a number of interesting ruins of colonial churches.
Overnight in Antigua hotel (B)
Day 3 – Azotea Coffee Farm, Maya Museum
Lake Atitlan Today we’ll visit the local woodcarvers in the village of Jocotenango & then the fabulous Azotea Coffee farm & Maya traditions museums covering traditional music, costume & traditions. Afternoon transfer to Lake Atitlan (2.5hrs).
Overnight in Atitlan hotel (B)
Day 4 – Lake Tour (San Juan, Santiago)
Lake Atitlan Travel through the highlands to the scenic Lake Atitlan where you’ll board a boat to ride across to the village of San Juan La Laguna. Atitlan is recognized as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. It is flanked by no less than three volcanoes and characterized by towns and villages of the Maya people. In San Juan La Laguna, you will visit a textile cooperative, medicinal plant centre and local naïf painter workshops.
After lunch at a local hotel in Santiago, you’ll see the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Return to your hotel.
Overnight in Atitlan hotel (B, L)
Day 5 – Chichi Market Tour
Copan Take a private guided tour to the famous market at Chichi. This is the biggest and most colourful market of Mesoamerica. You will have enough time for shopping and an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church before transferring onto Antigua.
Overnight in Antigua hotel (B)
Day 6 – Transfer
Copan (Honduras) Today we’ll head across Guatemala towards the border with Honduras. Arrive at the pretty colonial village of Copan Ruinas (5hrs). Free afternoon to relax or explore this pretty colonial town.
Overnight in Copan hotel (B)
Day 7 – Archaeology Tour
Copan This morning we will take you to the world famous archaeology site at Copan. Here you can indulge in a private guided tour of this beautiful site which is renowned for its intricately carved stelea & hieroglyphic stairway as well as its comprehensive museum.
After lunch at the Bird Park, enjoy a walk in the lush, shady river valley with your guide who will apprise you about the beautiful tropical birds that have been rescued from locales in Honduras. Transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Copan hotel (B, L)
Day 8 – Mayan Temple Site
Rio Dulce Travel across Guatemala through the central desert region to the lush tropical area at Rio Dulce (5 hrs). Visit the beautiful, UNESCO protected small Mayan Temple site at Quirigua along the way. Once at Rio Dulce you will board a boat for a scenic trip along Rio Dulce to your riverside hotel.
Overnight in Rio Dulce/Livingston hotel (B)
Day 9 – Transfer
Tikal Join your guide for a cruise along the Rio Dulce River through the central canyon and down to the Garifuna town of Livingston on the coast. Explore Livingston and then journey back downriver to Rio Dulce and look out for the elusive Manatee. Once in Rio Dulce we’ll take you out to the Tikal area (3-4hrs).
Overnight in Tikal hotel (B)
Day 10 – Yaxha National Park
Tikal The morning is yours to relax. After lunch we’ll head to Yaxha National Park (approx 1hr) to explore this atmospheric lakeside site ending with refreshments & wonderful views at sunset over the rainforest canopy from atop the main temples.
Overnight in Tikal hotel (B)
Day 11 – Mayan Ruins
Guatemala City Today you will be guided on an extraordinary tour to explore the amazing UNESCO protected Mayan Temple site of Tikal where huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest. Visitors will regularly see agouti, coatis, grey foxes, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, harpy eagles, falcons, ocellated turkeys, guans, toucans, green parrots and leaf-cutting ants. Jaguars, jaguarondis and cougars are also said to roam in the park. For centuries this city was completely covered under jungle. The most prominent surviving buildings include six very large Mesoamerican step pyramids, labelled Temples I - VI, each of which support a temple structure on their summits.
Return to your hotel. After lunch you’ll have time to relax and refresh before flying back to Guatemala City (30min) where we will arrange transport to your hotel.
Overnight in Guate City hotel (B, L)
Day 12 – Depart
Guatemala City Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
Make this your holiday
Getting There There are three main carriers to Honduras; each fly via Europe or the US: American Airlines fly daily via New York and Miami to Tegucigalpa. Continental Airlines operate daily flights from major UK airports through either Houston and Cleveland and on to Honduras. Iberia currently operates flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays via Madrid and Costa Rica. Taca operate flights onward to Honduras.
When to go Honduras has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures and rain throughout the year. The best time to go to Honduras is May through June when there are several town fairs and celebrations, including a weeklong carnival held in La Ceiba. On the Caribbean coast, the driest period is from February to June. The rainy season starts in May through mid-November though in much of the country it rains for only a few hours in the afternoon. It is best to avoid October and November which is in the middle of the hurricane season.