For more information on
the resplendant quetzal, go to this
link from Costa Rica! It's a QuetzalCam!
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Guatemala - this site identifies the nature
zones and nature reserves
in which birds congregate in Guatemala
Sites in Guatemala - courtesy of Cayaya
Birding. You can
on the map description, slide show, and species list of the best Guatemala
Our Natural Bounty - Occupying the northernmost
position in Central America,
Guatemala offers one of the most exciting natural history destinations
in the Americas. This site provides brief birding information about the
varius eco-destinations in Guatemala.
de las Minas Biosphere Reserve - by Richard Mahler
Because of its geographic
isolation, forbidding terrain, and wide range of elevation (from 15 feet
to 10,050 feet above sea level), the Sierra is home to at least 885 species
of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles--fully 70 percent of all the
species from these groups that are known to exist in Guatemala and neighboring
Biotope - San Carlos University, in its interest
to preserve the quetzal's
natural environment, established the Mario Dary Rivera Nature Reserve (Biotopo
del Quetzal), located 160 kilometers from Guatemala City, in the northern
highlands. It is easily accessed by paved road. Even though sighting a
quetzal is a rare event, the area is a paradise not to be missed.
Protected Areas - provides useful information
about visiting the following
areas in Guatemala:
Biosphere Reserves (especially
Sierra de las Minas)
National Parks (all are great
Protected Biotopes (especially
Laguna el Tigre and the Quetzal Biotope)
Wildlife Refuges (especially
the Polochic Delta)
- Directory of Wetlands of International Importance -
includes information on
all Guatemala's Ramsar designated sites, including:
Birding Resource Center - There are few places like
that pack such a rich diversity of birding habitats and species into such
a small area. The Guatemalan Birding Resource Center was founded precisely
to help birdwatchers take full advantage of the opportunities to explore
this country’s dizzying variety of
birdlife and many unique species. Everything you wanted to know about birding
I was robbed in Guatemala and the lessons I learned - By Bob
In Antigua, Guatemala, on January 13th ( my second day of a 17 day birding
vacation to Guatemala and Belize), I was assaulted and robbed of my binoculars,
digital camera, guidebooks, passport and money. Total value lost in about
40 seconds was $2,800. As a result of this event and other events like
it that were related to me, I decided to convey my story to others, particularly
those birders who are considering a birding trip such as I planned to Guatemala.
Report: Yucatan Peninsula (incl. Tikal – Guatemala)
by Daniel Kronauer and Frank
E. Rheindt. From Dec 14 through 22, 2000, we traveled around on the Yucatan
Peninsula on what we term a "combined birding and herping" trip. The reason
we opted for Yucatan is its high endemism and easy accessibility from the
One of us (DK) is a passionate herpetologist, while the other (FER) is
an avid world birder, but fortunately the areas of interest for both animal
groups coincide well, so we could each just concentrate on the respective
group upon arrival at the sites. Information is provided on:
Felipe Carrillo Puerto
- Yucatan, Chiapas and Tikal Trip Report - February, 1997
by Mark van Kleunen. In
February 1997, we took a three week trip to Southern Mexico including a
two day excursion to Tikal, Guatemala. Our daily activities mainly
consisted of birdwatching. We wanted to see as many of the Yucatan and
Cozumel endemics as possible, but we also visited the lowland rainforest,
highlands and pacific slope of Chiapas.
Trip Report - August - October, 1997 - by Martin Birch.
visited Guatemala to undertake a short period of Spanish language instruction.
A large proportion of the time was based in Quetzaltenango, a city in the
west of Guatemala with a large indigenous Mayan population. The timing
and period of the visit also provided an opportunity to visit many of the
recognised birding sights in Guatemala. This report can be found in the
trip report section of this website.
Report: Central America (A birding travel report on: Mexico,
and Belize) - 16 March - 12 April 1991, by Michiel de Boer. This is a report
of a birding holiday of four weeks in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. We
didn't book anything in advance (except for the flight) didn't rent a car
and still visited all the good spots we wanted to visit. It was a great
pleasure and a terrific experience, we would recommend to any birdwatcher
or nature-lover. The planning of this trip relied on sources like travel-reports.
By writing this report I hope I can contribute to the planning of trips
of other people.
Trip Reports - Blake Maybank's great trip report archive
a number of trip reports from birders who have visited Guatemala.