Ultimate Pan American Overland
We will get pleasure from lunch close to the reserve before travelling the brief distance to our subsequent hotel, Ram Tzul Lodge, on the northeast slope of the Biotopo del Quetzal. The central valley of the Motagua River is the most well liked and driest area of Guatemala - and indeed, is the driest space in Central America. url Located on the leeward aspect of the Sierra de las Minas Mountains, very little precipitation reaches the Motagua Valley, with just sufficient rain falling to allow sparse thorn scrub and dry forest with a three-5m tall canopy.
Our adventure begins with a 20-minute boat trip across the emerald-and-blue waters of Lake Atitlán, from Santiago Atitlán to San Pedro La Laguna . The boat trip may only be brief, however it's both stunning and scenic for the caldera lake is surrounded by dramatic volcanoes which soar to 3000m .
Characteristic vegetation embody spiny shrubs, cacti , acacias and Guayacan bushes. Departing Santiago and the Lake Atitlán area after breakfast today, we travel east, fringing the outskirts of Guatemala City on our way to the Motagua Valley. We'll break our journey with a stop for lunch at Guatemala City and also to visit a neighborhood reserve there looking for Buffy-topped Wood Partridge and other highland specialties. Horned Guans are active very first thing in the morning so a very early begin might be essential on Day 7 if we're to have any actual chance of seeing one.
But as we wait a nice supporting solid comes in the type of Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner, Spotted and Black-headed Nightingale-Thrushes, Tawny-throated Leaftosser, Slate-colored Solitaire, Common Bush Tanager and Blue-crowned Chlorophonia. We have one other probability here of seeing the stunning Golden-cheeked Warbler, too. From right here, we journey on to the Reserva Natural Privada Rio Escondido, house to the rare and endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler which overwinters here and migrates north to Texas the place it breeds.
There must be a great assortment of hummingbirds, with Green-breasted Mango, White-bellied Emerald, Long-billed Starthroat and Emerald-chinned Hummingbird among many delights in store. The sensible orange Spot-breasted Oriole is often about, as we attempt for the rather much less showy White-faced and Ruddy Quail-Doves, Rufous-breasted Spinetail and the delectable Prevost's Ground Sparrow.
Our flight residence departs Guatemala City early this evening, travelling overnight to Madrid. It's our ultimate day in Guatemala so we'll begin early to enjoy some further birding within the Biotopo del Quetzal, when chook exercise is at its peak. The reserve offers good alternatives to see birds of mid-elevation cloud forest, however our main focus will be on discovering the sensible Azure-hooded Jay, Chesnut-headed Oropendola and of course, the exquisite Resplendent Quetzal. Though it is certainly spectacular with its lengthy tail and shiny emerald-inexperienced colouration, this species can also be elusive!