Private wildlife and birdwatching day tours in Tikal

Orange-breasted Falcon, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
An Orange-breasted Falcon Falco deirolecus seen at eye level in Tikal National Park.

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.

Tikal is UNESCO natural and cultural world heritage site.
The ancient Mayan city of Tikal is a UNESCO natural and cultural world heritage site.

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.

Baird's Tapir, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Baird's Tapir Tapirus bairdii in the forest of Tikal National Park.

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.

Tody Motmot, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Tody Motmot Hylomanes momotula in the forest of Tikal National Park.

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.

Collared Peccary, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Collared Peccary Pecari tajacu in Tikal National Park.

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.

How to book your CAYAYA BIRDING day tour in Tikal.

and learn more about CAYAYA BIRDING day tours at other sites in Petén: Yaxhá, El Remate, Flores.

Ornate Hawk-Eagle, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Adult Ornate Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus ornatus in the forest canopy of Tikal National Park.
Mayan Antthrush, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Mayan Antthrush Formicarius moniliger in the forest of Tikal National Park.
Gray-throated Chat, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Gray-throated Chat Granatellus sallaei in Tikal National Park.
Pheasant Cuckoo, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Pheasant Cuckoo Dromococcyx phasianellus in Tikal National Park.
Red-lored Parrot, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Red-lored Parrot Amazona autumnalis belongs to the common parrots of Tikal National Park.
Guatemalan Screech-Owl, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Guatemalan Screech-Owl Megascops guatemalae in the forest of Tikal National Park.
Great Tinamou, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Great Tinamou Tinamus major on the forest floor in Tikal National Park.
Ocellated Turkey, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Ocellated Turkey Meleagris ocellata shining golden in the first morning light on its nocturnal roost in the forest canopy of the Tikal National Park.
Northern Potoo, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Northern Potoo Nyctibius jamaicensis witch chick in Tikal National Park.
Hook-billed Kite, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Hook-billed Kite Chondrohierax uncinatus soaring over Tikal.
Plain Antvireo, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Plain Antvireo Dysithamnus mentalis in the forest of Tikal.
White-collared Manakin, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Male White-collared Manakin Manacus candei in the forest understory.
Black-throated Shrike-Tanager, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Male Black-throated Shrike-Tanager Lanio aurantius.
Margay, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour Tikal
Margay Leopardus wiedii in the forest understory

What birders say about CAYAYA BIRDING days in Tikal

July 2022, CAYAYA BIRDING half-day in Tikal
"Luis was amazing! He was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about not only the birds, but other flora and fauna, and about Mayan culture and archaeology! He was able to locate so many birds by hearing them and then helping us to find them in the binoculars. He was also attentive, caring, and flexible, to accommodate for my daughter not feeling well, so that we could all get the most out of the experience without overdoing it. I would absolutely recommend Luis and a Tikal CAYAYA BIRDING tour!"
Deborah Dymond, Canada

February 2022, CAYAYA BIRDING half-day in Tikal
"A must do for bird lovers. Luis is passionate and will make sure you've got the best opportunities to watch wildlife in Tikal. We were able to witness lots of different species including an amazing encounter with mating Orange-breasted Falcons. Luis was also very knowledgeable about Tikal's wildlife."
Lukasz Duda

February 2020, CAYAYA BIRDING day in Tikal
"We had an excellent full day's birding and Luis was a superbly knowledgeable guide and great on calls. I would thoroughly recommend the CAYAYA BIRDING and look forward to travelling around Guatemala more extensively with them one day."
David Raine, UK

January 2020, CAYAYA BIRDING half-day in Tikal
"Saw 51 birds in the park area focusing on the airstrip and spots around the museum and parking. Did not go into archeological site. Great knowledgeable guide with a good ear and a great eye. He got us into the park before anyone else. Would recommend. Good stop lakeside on the way back too."
Christian Ogilvie, MN, United States

December 2018, CAYAYA BIRDING three day tours in Tikal
"We had three fantastic days in Tikal with Luis as our guide. He really took good care of us, and managed to combine excellent birding for me and my son with archeological guiding for all four of us. I can really recommend CAYAYA BIRDING and Luis for arranging a trip to Tikal.

December 2018, CAYAYA BIRDING days in Tikal
"Guatemala: a great country for birding trips. Great birds and fantastic landscapes with volcanoes, some of them active. On this trip we saw 370+ birds including top birds such as Horned Guan, Fulvous Owl, Orange-breasted Falcon, and so on. Excellent guiding by Knut Eisermann. Final birding in the Mayan monumental historical site of Tikal, with more than 120 birds seen in that area."
Stefan Johansson, Sweden

November 2018, CAYAYA BIRDING day in Tikal
"Claudia Avendaño was an exceptional guide on our recent 8-day trip. We covered a wide variety of habitats and saw so many amazingly beautiful birds. Claudia's attention to detail made the trip go smoothly--even when we had unexpected delays. Tikal was special because of my long-time fascination with the Mayans so our time there was a great combination of birding and archeology. Luis was a very professional and knowledgeable guide at Tikal. I've described the trip to my friends as FANTASTIC! I'm still reliving the many and varied experiences we had. "
Karen Lindauer, Atlanta, Georgia.

November 2018, 1-week birding tour in the Guatemalan highlands and Tikal
"Knut Eisermann provided my son and I with a wonderful week of birdwatching in Guatemala. He is warm, friendly and fun! His birding skills are second to none. We had a wonderful time and I can't say enough good things about our time with him."
Michael Robinson, Washington, USA.

October 2018, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour in Tikal and in Antigua Guatemala
"My first time in Guatemala will be unforgettable thanks to Claudia and Luis of CAYAYA BIRDING. They both were professional, excellent guides and most of all great people. Everything went as planned and I had a great time."
Edwin French, Chile.

February 2018, CAYAYA BIRDING day tours in Tikal and Yaxhá
"Luis was a great guide - extremely knowledgeable about birds, natural history, as well as the cultural history of the area. His ability to detect and identify birds by call was extraordinary, and he helped us see an amazing variety of them. His energy was also remarkable - always willing to get out, from before dawn to late in the evening."
Peter Dunwiddie, Seattle, Washington, USA

March 2017, CAYAYA BIRDING half day tour in Tikal
"I just wanted to thank you and Luis for making our visit to Tikal such a memorable experience! I appreciated your prompt reply to my request for birding information and the ease in arranging our half day tour. It was a real plus to have a guide as knowledgable and personable as Luis who made the tour an unforgettable venture!"
Rita Garczynski

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