Discover the birds and wildlife of Tikal on a guided CAYAYA BIRDING day tour. The archaeological site of Tikal covers roughly 4 km2 and is located in the center of the national park with a size of more than 550 km2. The national park protects natural vegetation from tall broadleaf forest to swampy scrub and open wetlands, each with distinctive bird assemblages.
More than 400 bird species have been recorded in the lowland forests and adjoining open habitats of northern Guatemala. Orange-breasted Falcon, a widespread but only locally occurring Neotropical falcon, and Ocellated Turkey, an endemic of the Yucatan peninsula, belong to the most emblematic birds of Tikal. Take advantage of our long-term local knowledge for seeing common birds on the best spots in Tikal during your time of visit, and also rare and not easy to find species. On a good day you can expect to see more than 100 species.
Because Tikal is part of the extensive forest of the Maya Biosphere Reserve, it is home to numerous large mammals including two monkey species, Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu), White-lipped Peccary (Tayassu pecari), and five cat species including Jaguar (Panthera onca). Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargentatus), White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica), Geoffroy's Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi, Guatemalan Howler Monkey (Alouatta pigra), Central American Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata), and Yucatan Squirrel (Sciurus yucatanensis) are readily seen in Tikal.
Participants of CAYAYA BIRDING groups have also observed Baird's Tapir, Jaguar, Margay (Leopardus wiedii), Northern Tamandua (Tamandua mexicana), Silky Anteater (Cyclopes didactylus), Mexican Porcupine (Sphiggurus mexicanus), Paca (Cuniculus paca), White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), Red Brocket Deer (Mazama americana), Collared and White-lipped Peccaries.
CAYAYA BIRDING day tours in Tikal are private for you and your travel companions; thus we focus on your interests and wishes. Our day tours can be organized for birding on all levels, from beginning to advanced, including target birding. We also provide assistance for birders with mobility difficulty. Your CAYAYA BIRDING guide meets you at your Hotel in Tikal.
CAYAYA BIRDING offers half and full day tours in Tikal National Park:
- Full day birding and wildlife tour in Tikal: birding in Tikal from sunrise to sunset, with lunch break and with optional nocturnal birding.
- Half day birding and wildlife tour in Tikal: morning birding from sunrise to noon, or afternoon birding including some nocturnal observations.
CAYAYA BIRDING half and full day wildlife and birdwatching tours in Tikal include:
- Expert birding guide who meets you at your hotel.
- Entrance fees to Tikal National Park.
- Bird checklist.
Schedule: sunrise (05:00-06:00, depending on season) to 17:00 with lunch break, with optional nocturnal birding
Start and end point: your hotel in Tikal.
We accommodate different trail difficulties according to your requirements.
What birders say about CAYAYA BIRDING days in Tikal.
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