Guatemala: Tikal Extension: Mar 08—11, 2019
A Birds, Nature & Culture Tour
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Set in a vast rainforest, the pyramids and palaces of Tikal, site of our short post-tour extension, are a spectacular backdrop for such sought-after birds as Orange-breasted Falcon, Ocellated Turkey, and Gray-throated Chat.
Tikal, the crowning artistic achievement of the Classic Period of the Mayan civilization, is one of the most astounding archaeological sites in the western hemisphere. With a population approaching 80,000 at its peak, the 20-square-miles of the city were dominated by vast plazas, imposing temples, and lavishly decorated residences—all abandoned more than 1,000 years ago. The city of Tikal is the centerpiece of a 200-square-mile national park; its imposing size means that vast tracts of ruins remain unexcavated and unstudied, and one of Tikal’s peculiar charms is watching Ocellated Turkeys, Olive-backed Euphonias, Keel-billed Toucans, and a huge array of other specialties among the scattered silent stones of an ancient civilization.
Our birding walks, which start at the very door of our lodging, will give us ample opportunity to explore both the birds and the art and architecture of one of the most fascinating localities in Middle America.
Easy, short walks in low-elevation rainforest, where temperatures can be hot and the air heavy; accommodations and food good.