Belted Flycatcher first record in our birding trail


“Belted Flycatcher”

As every morning after a couple cup of coffee; I pick my binoculars and camera and start monitoring one of our birding trails in our area. Our goal is to see majority of migrants birds coming from north America. Some of them staying here in Guatemala and other heading to South America. 

Belted Flycatcher
Target bird for Guatemala, and first record in our trail.

Today it was different. Once the birding monitoring started; i closed my eyes and started to hear all the birds around me.

From the distance i heard the Black-vented Oriole, Greter Pewee, Blue-and-white mockingbird, Wester Kingbird (No, way the sound is coming from the bushes, and is not a complete call. Its just the started of the sound) Then i opened my eyes and went straight to the area were i heard it.  I heard the call of the birds around with the “pix pix pix” then i heard again and i said, BELTED FLYCATCHER? 

Jumping into the grass and slowly i saw a flycatcher that flew in front of me, o dear, BELTED FLYCATCHER. I toke my camera and got some shots. It made our day.

Our Tzansiwan Trail

We have been monitoring this place since 2010, and finally BELTED FLYCATCHER is our new target bird.  This is a restricted bird from the semiarid forest and is endangered for the losing of habitat and of course a target bird for you if you are coming to Guatemala. In deed you can see this bird in Santa Cruz la Laguna.

Have a look to our check list here: Birding Trail Tzansiwan

Finally, If you are interested on a birding trip to Guatemala. We trailor-made birding trips all over the country, contact us for more information.


Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo
we saw one of the colorful birds you can see during our birdwatching tours in Lake AtitlanCHESTNUT-SIDED SHRIKE-VIREO


A morning visit to Santiago Atitlan

A morning visit to Santiago Atitlan “the house of the birds”

In the center of three immense volcanoes is located one of the ancient Mayan villages, the two ways to get to there are: by car it might take a few hours and by boat is the fastest way.

“We began our day with a boat ride to Santiago Atitlan, it took as around half an hour to get there, the air was fresh, blue sky and the lake was tranquil in the morning”

Santiago Atitlan is the largest town around Lake Atitlan Caldera. There are interesting things to do when you visit is have or live a first-hand meeting with locals, explore the colorful local market (not the tourist market), and of course one of the oldest churches in the country.

The hightlight would be the visit of Maximon or Rilaj mam (in the local mayan language Tzutujil) It’s a prehispanic statue that local mayan people worship. If you are lucky ceremonies can be seen during the visit to this place.

The Main Square of Santiago Atitlan

Your experience gets way better and UNFORGETTABLE when you travel with a local guide. See the area like somebody local and enjoy at the best.

Wine-throated Hummingbird (Atthis ellioti)

Wine-throated Hummingbird

Our birding tours in Atitlan, also includes our target bird for the Highlands of Guatemala. One of the smallest and handsome hummingbird that inhabits in the cloud forest in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Named Wine-throated Hummingbird for its extravagant magenta gorgets on the males and females have plain throat. Easily confuse with a bee, its size is only 2.7 in.

Voice: The voice of Wine-throated Hummingbird include “high, thin, sharp chips, often repeated steadily, sip-sip … or cheup cheup 

Where can you see it? If you are staying in Lake Atitlan, contact us to learn more about actual information based on our birding reports and locations.

During our birding tours in Lake Atitlan and in Guatemala, you can see the majority of our endemic species.

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Cloud forest early in the morning

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