Highland Endemics

CAYAYA BIRDING Highland Endemics PLUS Tour in Guatemala

A 13-day birding tour focused on the regional endemic birds of the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.

Map of CAYAYA BIRDING Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour
  • 13 days / 12 nights birding tour.
  • Seven of these birding Hotspots included (depending on the season of the year): Antigua Guatemala, Tecpán, Los Tarrales, Lake Atitlán, Quetzaltenango, Sibinal, Sierra Los Cuchumatanes, Biotopo del Quetzal
  • This tour targets all regional endemic birds of the highlands including Horned Guan, Highland Guan, Ocellated Quail, Fulvous Owl, Bearded Screech-Owl, Guatemala Pygmy-Owl, Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, Rufous Sabrewing, Green-throated Mountain-Gem, Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Emerald-chinned Hummingbird, Wine-throated Hummingbird, Slender Sheartail, Guatemalan Flicker, Blue-throated Motmot, Belted Flycatcher, Rufous-browed Wren, Rufous-collared Robin, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Pink-headed Warbler, Goldman's Warbler, Azure-rumped Tanager, White-faced Ground-Sparrow, Bar-winged Oriole, and many others.
  • Tour operation January to December.
  • Accommodation: comfortable hotels and lodges.
  • What birders say about CAYAYA BIRDING tours in the highlands of Guatemala.
  • How to book this CAYAYA BIRDING tour.


Seen during CAYAYAY BIRDING tours in the highlands of Guatemala

Horned Guan, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Horned Guan Oreophasis derbianus, endemic to the highlands of Guatemala and southern Chiapas, Mexico.
Bearded Screech-Owl, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
A male rufous morph Bearded Screech-Owl Megascops barbarus, endemic to the Atlantic slope highlands of Guatemala and eastern Chiapas, Mexico.
Black-capped Siskin, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
A male Black-capped Siskin Spinus atriceps, endemic to the highlands of Guatemala and southern Chiapas, Mexico.
Pink-headed Warbler, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Pink-headed Warbler Cardellina versicolor, endemic to the highlands of Guatemala and southern Chiapas, Mexico.
Azure-rumped Tanager, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Azure-rumped Tanager Tangara cabanisi, endemic to the highlands of southern Guatemala and southern Chiapas, Mexico.
Goldman's Warbler, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Adult male Goldman's Warbler (Setophaga goldmani), endemic to the highlands of Guatemala and southern Chiapas, Mexico.
Wine-throated Hummingbird, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Male Wine-throated Hummingbird Atthis ellioti, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Black-throated Jay, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Black-throated Jay Cyanolyca pumilo, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Highland Guan, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Highland Guan Penelopina nigra, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Belted Flycatcher, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Belted Flycatcher Xenotriccus callizonus, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Ocellated Quail, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Ocellated Quail Cyrtonyx ocellatus, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Slender Sheartail, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Slender Sheartail Doricha enicura, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Unspotted Saw-whet Owl, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Unspotted Saw-whet Owl Aegolius ridgwayi, endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico and Central America.
Slate-colored Solitaire, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Slate-colored Solitaire Myadestes unicolor, endemic to the highlands of Mexico and northern Central America.
Resplendent Quetzal, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Resplendent Quetzal Pharomachrus mocinno, endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico and Central America.
Black-capped Swallow, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Black-capped Swallow Atticora pileata, endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico and northern Central America.
Bar-winged Oriole, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Bar-winged Oriole Icterus maculialatus, endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico and northern Central America.
White-breasted Hawk, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
White-breasted Hawk Accipiter striatus chionogaster, endemic to northern Central America and southern Mexico, a resident form of Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Blue-throated Motmot, Guatemala Birding Loop with CAYAYA BIRDING
Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
White-faced Ground-Sparrow (Prevost's Ground-Sparrow), Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
White-faced Ground-Sparrow (Prevost's Ground-Sparrow) Melozone biarcuata, endemic to northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium cobanense, endemic to northern Central America and southern Mexico, the southernmost form of the Northern Pygmy-Owl G. gnoma s.l. complex.
Guatemalan Tyrannulet, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Guatemalan Tyrannulet Zimmerius vilissimus, endemic to northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Blue-crowned Chlorophonia Chlorophonia occipitalis, endemic to northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius melitophrys, endemic to northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Black Thrush, Guatemala Highland Endemics Plus Tour CAYAYA BIRDING
Black Thrush Turdus infuscatus, endemic to the highlands of Mexico and northern Central America.

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What birders say about CAYAYA BIRDING tours in the highlands of Guatemala

February 2019, 6-day bird photography tour in the Guatemalan highlands
"Four of us went to Guatemala in the hope of photographing the regional endemics. Thanks to Knut's expertise, we saw and photographed almost all on our wish list. I would recommend CAYAYA BIRDING company for anyone birding or pursuing serious photography in Guatemala. Knut Eisermann not only knows the birds and how to find them, but is an accomplished photographer himself, so he knows just what a photographer needs when in the field. We can't wait to come back."
Richard Greenspun, Florida, USA.

January 2019, 1-week target photography tour in the Guatemalan highlands
"I traveled with Knut Eisermann from CAYAYA BIRDING this past week, looking for highland species such as Horned Guan. We found almost all our target species and were able to get good photos of most of them. Knut is an excellent guide who instantly knows all the bird calls. He is very patient and doesn't mind the long drives to get to all the birding sites."
Pete Ferrera, New York, USA.

December 2018 - January 2019, 15-day target birding tour through Guatemala
"Me and four well travelled friends used CAYAYA BIRDING for a private 15-day Guatemala birding tour in December 2018 - January 2019. Our focus was regional endemics plus we wanted to visit and bird Tikal. We were more than satisfied with the tour. It exceeded our expectations. The whole arrangement was excellent with a good mix of habitats, ensuring that we ended up with a very nice trip list (386 species, of which 13 were heard only). Knut Eisermann was a splendid guide, very keen to find our targets and with excellent knowledge of all the birds occurring in Guatemala. A slightly unexpected bonus was his special interest in owls, which meant that owling was an almost nightly exercise. Our final trip list included nine species of owls and they were all seen!
I can thoroughly recommend a birding tour to Guatemala. It is a very scenic country and it has A LOT of special birds, many of which do not occur in Costa Rica for example. If you visit in the winter you can also expect to see many wintering North American warblers, which is always nice. If you decide to go birding in this beautiful country, be sure to use CAYAYA BIRDING for your tour."


October 2018, 6-day birding tour in southern Guatemalan highlands
"Five days in the company of Knut Eisermann birding the hills and valleys of the countryside surrounding Antigua, Guatemala was an absolute delight. Knut is as much an ornithologist, with a special interest in owls, as he is a birder and this made the trip extra special. I am a serial guide user in the Americas and Knut is up there with the best of them."
Kevin Buckley, New Jersey, USA

August 2018, 5-day target trip in the Guatemalan highlands
"I had the pleasure of birding the highlands with Knut Eisermann for a week in August with two friends. Besides seeing some mega birds - Horned Guan, Pink-headed Warbler, and Belted Flycatcher for example - I was really impressed by the amazing scenery, delicious cuisine and comfortable accomodations. I hope to book another trip with CAYAYA BIRDING again soon!"
Michael C. Duffy, New York, USA.

April-May 2018, 18-days target trip throughout Guatemala
"We had an extremely good trip. Everything was organized with an incredible attention to detail; we saw a huge amount without feeling rushed; and the food and accommodation were far better than we had expected. Knut Eisermann is an excellent guide with an incredible knowledge of the birds, wildlife and culture of his adopted home. He is also very pleasant company in the field. Very highly recommended."
Graham Tebb, Vienna, Austria.

"Birding tour guided by Knut Eisermann. Nearly 400 species (376 species seen) thanks to Knut's excellent knowledge of birdsounds and locations. Great accomodations, too. Excellent food. Lovely people. I enjoyed all places we visited, with Tikal being the most impressive. 3 weeks seemed a good length for our trip, but I could have stayed longer!"
Gerlinde Taurer, Vienna, Austria.

February 2018, 5-day birding trip focused on warblers in Guatemala
"I just returned from a very productive birding trip down to Guatemala with my primary focus being warblers. I had a target list and managed to find all of them thanks to the expert guiding from Knut Eisermann. I let them know exactly what species I was looking for and they planned an itinerary that would give us the best chances of finding them. I would highly recommend them as they know where the birds are, get you on them and tailor the tour to whatever you want to find. Although Knut is originally from Germany he has been down in Guatemala for 20 years so knows the country very well and I always like providing business to local guides when I travel."
Larry Therrien, Massachusetts, USA.

October 2017, 7-day target trip
"Knut Eisermann took a friend and I in search of rare species. Even though we weren't able to reach one area due to road closures, Knut was able to quickly come up with alternate locations and great birds. He is a very personable and skilled guide that i would recommend to anyone wanting to bird Guatemala. Also he is a very safe driver."
Ken Havard, Canada.

April 2017, 18-day target trip
"The trip was absolutely the best. I have been on many guided trips to a number of countries, but none were more well organized and thought out than yours."
Dennis Shirley, Utah, USA.

April 2017, 14-day target trip
"CAYAYA BIRDING are the Guatemala experts. For expert guiding, logistics planning and knowing where the birds are, you can't beat the team of Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño! Thanks for a great trip, guys!!"
Mark Conrad, Arizona, USA.

March 2017, 9-day birding trip through Guatemala
"Excellent organized birding tour with Knut Eisermann as a world-class birding guide."
Fritz Furrer, Switzerland.

"Knut Eisermann was outstanding, friendly, kind, had unbelievable patience in finding the bird. He knew every call and song (as much as I could tell). The trip was exceptionally well organized and documented."
Alfred Raab, Canada and Panama.

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