CAYAYA BIRDING private birding day trips from Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City

Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City are nestled in the Guatemalan highlands, with several good birding sites nearby, which are accessible within a 15 min to 1.5 hour drive. A CAYAYA BIRDING private day trip includes pick-up from your hotel in Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City.

Pink-headed Warbler, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Watch your Pink-headed Warbler during a birding day trip from Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City with CAYAYA BIRDING

Natural habitat in the surroundings of Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City is home to Pink-headed Warbler, Crescent-chested Warbler, Olive Warbler, Mountain Trogon, Blue-throated Motmot, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Bar-winged Oriole, Black-vented Oriole, Singing Quail, Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, Hooded Grosbeak, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Green-throated Mountain-gem, and other special birds of the highlands of Mexico and northern Central America.

Wine-throated Hummingbird, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Male Wine-throated Hummingbird Atthis ellioti, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.

A pelagic trip on the Pacific Ocean may produce Galapagos, Wedge-tailed, and Pink-footed shearwaters, Least and Black storm-petrels, Nazca, Brown, and Red-footed Booby, Pomarine Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, and others.

Galapagos Shearwater, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Galapagos Shearwater is a regular visitor to pelagic waters off the Guatemala Pacific coast.

CAYAYA BIRDING offers half and full day tours from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City:

  • Full day birding from Antigua Guatemala: birding at one or two sites, with lunch break and with optional nocturnal birding.
  • Half day birding from Antigua Guatemala: morning birding from sunrise to noon, or afternoon birding including some nocturnal observations.
  • Full day birding from Guatemala City: birding at one or two sites, with lunch break and with optional nocturnal birding.
  • Half day birding Guatemala City: morning birding from sunrise to noon, or afternoon birding including some nocturnal observations.
  • Pelagic birding trip on the Pacific from Antigua Guatemala: half day boat tour on the Pacific Ocean, including transport from/to Antigua Guatemala.

CAYAYA BIRDING day tours from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City include:

  • Expert birding guide.
  • Private transport.
  • Entrance fees to nature reserves.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City)
  • Bird checklist

We accommodate different trail difficulties according to your requirements.

What birders say about CAYAYA BIRDING day trips


Birds seen on CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City

Crescent-chested Warbler, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Crescent-chested Warbler Parula superciliosa, mostly endemic to Mexico and northern Central America.
Blue-throated Motmot, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Blue-throated Motmot Aspatha gularis, endemic to northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Pink-headed Warbler, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Pink-headed Warbler Cardellina versicolor in the Guatemalan highlands.
Antigua Guatemala, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Forested hills in the surroundings of Antigua Guatemala provide habitat for numerous regional endemic bird species.
Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo Vireolanius melitophrys, endemic to northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Rufous-collared Robin, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Rufous-collared Robin Turdus rufitorques, endemic to southern Mexico and northern Central America.
Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
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.
Red-faced Warbler, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Red-faced Warbler Cardellina rubrifrons, mainly a Mexican breeding bird wintering also in pine-oak forests in the Guatemalan highlands.
Rufous Sabrewing, CAYAYA BIRDING day trip from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Rufous Sabrewing Campylopterus rufus, endemic to the Pacific slope highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Bar-winged Oriole, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Bar-winged Oriole Icterus maculialatus, endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico and northern Central America.
Black-capped Swallow, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Black-capped Swallow Atticora pileata, endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico and northern Central America.
Belted Flycatcher, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Belted Flycatcher Xenotriccus callizonus, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Highland Guan, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Highland Guan Penelopina nigra, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Humid oak forest, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Humid oak forest in the mountain ranges of Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City.
Black-capped Siskin, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
A male Black-capped Siskin Spinus atriceps, endemic to the highlands of Guatemala and southern Chiapas, Mexico.
Mountain Trogon, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Mountain Trogon Trogon mexicanus, endemic to the highlands of Mexico and northern Central America.
Bushy-crested Jay, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America.
Green-throated Mountain-gem, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Green-throated Mountain-gem Lampornis viridipallens, endemic to the highlands of northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Rufous-browed Wren, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Rufous-browed Wren Troglodytes rufociliatus, endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico and northern Central America.
Emerald Toucanet, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Emerald Toucanet Aulacorhynchus prasinus, endemic to southern Mexico and northern Central America.
Blue Seedeater, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Male Blue Seedeater Amaurospiza concolor in the highlands of Guatemala.
Hooded Grosbeak, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Female Hooded Grosbeak Coccothraustes abeillei, endemic to the highlands of Mexico and northern Central America.
Black Thrush, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Black Thrush Turdus infuscatus, endemic to the highlands of Mexico and northern Central America.
Singing Quail, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Male Singing Quail Dactylortyx thoracicus, endemic to Mexico and northern Central America.
Guatemalan Flicker, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
A young male Guatemalan Flicker Colaptes auratus mexicanoides, endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico and northern Central America.
White-eared Ground-Sparrow, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
White-eared Ground-Sparrow Melozone leucotis, endemic to the highlands of southern Mexico and Central America.
Buff-breasted Flycatcher, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Buff-breasted Flycatcher Empidonax fulvifrons, endemic to the highlands of Mexico and northern Central America.
Rusty Sparrow, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
A juvenile Rusty Sparrow Aimophila rufescens, endemic to Mexico and Central America.
Gray-collared Becard, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Gray-collared Becard Pachyramphus major, endemic to Mexico and northern Central America.
Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Buffy-crowned Wood-Partridge Dendrortyx leucophrys, endemic to southern Mexico and Central America.
White-winged Tanager, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
White-winged Tanager Piranga leucoptera.
Ocellated Quail, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Ocellated Quail Cyrtonyx ocellatus, endemic to southern Mexico and northern Central America.
Sunset behind Fuego volcano, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Scenic sunset behind Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes near Antigua Guatemala.
Fulvous Owl, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Adult and juvenile Fulvous Owls Strix fulvescens, endemic to northern Central America and southern Mexico.
Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Amethyst-throated Hummingbird Lampornis amethystinus, mainly endemic to the highlands of Mexico and northern Central America.
Black-headed Siskin, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Black-headed Siskin Spinus notatus, endemic to Mexico and northern Central America.
White-eared Hummingbird, CAYAYA BIRDING day trips from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City
Male White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis, endemic to the highlands of Mexico and northern Central America.


What birders say about CAYAYA BIRDING day tours from Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City

January 2020, day tour from Antigua Guatemala
"Claudia Avendaño and Knut Eisermann are likely the two most experienced bird guides in Guatemala. I have been birding with them several times at El Pilar and Finca Filadelfia near Antigua. Both are extremely knowledgeable, organized and delightful to be with. As they are local, they have detailed knowledge of birds, birding sites, transportation and logistics of Guatemala that no international tour organization could possibly compete with. If you need some key target species for your life list, or if you are a just an ecotourist in Guatemala and you want to get out and see some birds, CAYAYA BIRDING is the way to go."
Kevin Omland, Baltimore, MD, USA.

December 2019, day tour from Antigua Guatemala
"We (my wife and I) spent a wonderful day with Claudia Avendaño near Antigua. We saw many birds, including a great collection of hummingbirds. As well as being very knowledgeable, Claudia was a great companion. We are very much novice birders and she took great care to introduce us to the birds. All in all, it was a great day out."
David Eisner, Manchester, UK.

November 2019, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour from Antigua Guatemala
"My wife and I spent a wonderful day with Claudia Avendaño birding at the end of a weekend stay in Antigua. We have gone birding with world class guides in Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and Panama, and I can say without hesitation that Claudia is in that class. Given that she and Knut Eisermann are the longest running bird guiding outfit in Guatemala, it is to be expected that she knows and can find the birds of Guatemala better than anyone else. That she is a professional ornithologist, and active in conservation only makes recommending CAYAYA BIRDING that much easier. Most importantly, she was able to take account of our age (early 70s), infirmities (altitude impact) and conditioning to give us the measured activity that allowed us to enjoy our day and see what we came to see. She is as quick to line birds up in her scope as anyone I've birded with, and knows the birds of Guatemala and where to find them from her more than 25 years of study, field research and leading trips all in Guatemala. Claudia is a delightful, charming and interesting woman who clearly enjoys doing what she does so well. "
Joel Rosenthal, Miami, Florida, USA.

October 2019, CAYAYA BIRDING half-day tour from Guatemala City
"We completed a half-day birding tour to Tecpán with Claudia Avendaño. She had sent us detailed information about what to expect for the trip. She was very punctual and we promptly left for our adventure. I considered myself a beginner birder and my husband comes along as he enjoys the nature trails as much as I do. We stopped at Rincón Suizo to eat breakfast and review some bird information. Claudia is a wealth of information! We were very impressed. This lady certainly knows her birds. We plan on going on another birding tour in the future and highly recommend her. "
Marta Ketter, Illinois, USA.

July 2019, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour from Antigua Guatemala
"Claudia Avendaño is a professional ornithologist, Birdlife International consultant and naturally a great birder! Tecpan gave us the opportunity to search for Blue-throated Motmot and Pink-headed Warbler both of which Claudia found but birding here without a guide would be very difficult. El Pilar trip started with a visit to some superb hummingbird feeders which were excellent with so may hummers across six species. If you're a photographer be prepared to spend some serious amount of time there! I have no hesitation in recommending CAYAYA BIRDING and especially Claudia. "
Katherine Branch, United Kingdom.

March 2019, CAYAYA BIRDING day tour from Antigua Guatemala
"Great tour of Pilar forest. Claudia Avendaño is clearly an excellent and experienced guide. Would recommend her any day."
Wendy Baker, Canada.

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.

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.

July 2017, day trip from Antigua Guatemala
"Great birding and great company by a knowledgeable guide, my day trip to Tecpán and Antigua was problems-free and full of regional endemics. Knut Eisermann (and Claudia Avendaño) took care of everything before my arrival to Guatemala, and in the field he was very professional (but treated me like a friend, what I appreciate a lot). I got most of my targets and many other goodies! Thanks guys!"
Jan Axel Cubilla, Panama.

June 2017, day trip from Antigua Guatemala
"Claudia Avendaño was very professional and knowledgeable. Her English was impeccable, and I felt very comfortable spending the day with her. She was lightening quick with her spotting scope, and as a result I was able to see many birds I never would have seen without her assistance. She was a good listener and answered all my questions. I was impressed with her keen ear for the birds. I would highly recommend CAYAYA BIRDING tours to any bird lover. It is worth every penny!"
Tina Collins, USA.

May 2017, day trip from Guatemala City
"We were very pleased with our trip. Very much appreciated the expertise of Claudia Avendaño, who demonstrated extensive knowledge of birds, habitats, and ecology. Everything from our timely pickup, birding, meals together, and transportation was pleasant and professional. Claudia was very patient with our desires to take photos, and linger at various spots. She was an expert in quickly locating and drawing a bead on numerous species."
Bryan & Judy Hollinger, USA.

August 2016, day trip from Antigua Guatemala
"Since the first response to my email, I realized that CAYAYA BIRDING was a great find. The information provided and the proposed plan were just what I needed and it all went as expected. The professionalism of Claudia Avendaño was amazing and finding the target species seemed like a routine for her. Besides the great birding, I had a very pleasent time talking about plants, geography and culture."
Esteban Biamonte, Costa Rica.

July 2016, CAYAYA BIRDING day trip from Antigua Guatemala
"Birded with Knut Eisermann one day in Finca Pilar close to Antigua. Would have to say he is one of the best birding guides I have ever hired. The Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl and the Ocellated Quail were just two of the great birds we saw that day. Without him as a guide I would have found very few birds. I have also birded with Claudia Avendaño, and they are both great birding guides."

July 2016, day trip from Antigua Guatemala
"At first, I didn't know what to expect, but I was taken completely off guard at how great this trip ended up being! Knut Eisermann was my guide, and he is incredibly knowledgable about the birds of Guatemala (it appears his partner, Claudia Avendañois as well). It was fun to see a veteran birder get as excited as a kid when finding a bird that he sees almost everyday. I highly recommend CAYAYA BIRDING for any birding experience. I will be going with them again before I go home! They plan everything for you, leaving you with nothing to worry about!"
David Schas, USA.

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