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Birdwatching Tours

Guatemala is a paradise for birders. Over 720 different bird species live in varying ecosystems scattered throughout the country, about a dozen of which are so rare they are listed as “globally threatened.” In the North Central American Highland, around 10 percent of the bird species population is not found anywhere else in the world. The Atlantic slope is particularly diverse—more than 500 species have been found in the area.

Hiring a professional guide on a birdwatching or wildlife tour will enhance your experience. Guides know exactly where to look for nests, and are attune to the species of the area. April is supposed to be the best month to go birding in Guatemala, as this is the breeding season when birds are extremely active and sing much more frequently.

If you're lucky, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of the quetzal, Guatemala's national bird. In Mayan times, the bird's iridescent feathers were used as currency, which is why Guatemala's currency is called a quetzal today. Tours that specifically seek the quetzal are offered in Guatemala, particularly in the Chelemhá Cloud Forest Reserve and Biotopo del Quetzal, a biosphere reserve established to preserve populations of the bird.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Guatemala: Birdwatching and National Parks In Guatemala.

09 Aug 2010

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