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Guatemala - Central American Specialties with Tikal Extension

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 - 19 day(s)
Group Size: 10 people
Destination(s): Guatemala  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2700 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2700 US Dollar (USD)

Spectacular volcanoes and fabulous highland lakes take centre stage in our Guatemala – Central American Specialities tour. While this region is probably best known for its shade coffee production, local people have over time developed a strong environmental bond and an understanding of ecotourism that has resulted in much of the highland forests being protected. Even the coffee fincas offer superb birding, and the host of special birds we will search for include the gorgeous Pink-headed Warbler, fabulous Resplendent Quetzal, Blue-throated Motmot, Blue-and-white Mockingbird, Rufous-collared Thrush and Cabanis’s (Azure-rumped) Tanager. A day will also be devoted to hiking the impressive San Pedro Volcano, which towers above Lake Atitlan, in search for one of the world’s most prized birds, the Horned Guan.
This tour offers the very best of Guatemalan birding, along with comfortable lodgings, delicious fare and fabulous scenery throughout!

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…

DETAILS:
Tour Dates
Atlantic Slope Extension - 13th to 17th January (5 days)
Central American Specialties - 17th to 25th January (9 days)
Tikal Extension - 25th to 29th January (5 days)

Tour Price
Atlantic Slope Extension - US$ 1,400 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Central American Specialties - US$ 2,700 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tikal Extension - US$ 1, 600 per person sharing (see below), plus
US$ 240 - approximate cost of domestic flights
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)

Tour Size
Limited to 10 participants with 1 company leader & 1 local leader

ATLANTIC SLOPE EXTENSION
13th January - Guatemala City to Puerto Barrios via Livingston
14th January - Birding Rio Dulche and Chocon Machacas
15th January - Cerro San Gil and Quirigua Archaeological site
16th January - Dry Forest to Guatemala City, PM at Cayala Park
17th January - Guatemala City and depart, or transfer to Antigua Guatemala if doing the main tour

MAIN TOUR
17th January - Arrival and transfer to Antigua Guatemala, PM at Finca el Pilar
18th January - Finca el Pilar to Lago Atitlan via El Rincon Suizo
19th January - San Pedro Volcano
20th January - San Juan la Laguna to Los Tarrales
21st January - Los Tarrales
22nd January - Los Tarrales to Las Nubes via Los Andes
23rd January - Las Nubes
24th January - Las Nubes to Antigua Guatemala via Fuentes Georginas
25th January - Filadelfia to Guatemala City and departure

TIKAL EXTENSION
25th January - Guatemala City and afternoon flight to Flores
26th January - Flores to Tikal National Park via Yaxha
27th January - Tikal National Park
28th January - Day in Tikal National Park and afternoon transfer to Flores
29th January - Flight to Guatemala City and departure

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for the Guatemala - Central American Specialties tour is US$ 2,700 per person sharing, for the Tikal Extension it is US$ 1,600 per person sharing, and for the Atlantic Slope Extension it is US$ 1,400 per person sharing. (Please note: this does NOT include the internal flights for the Tikal Extension. As a general guideline, we suggest you budget +- US$ 240 for these flights. RBT can book these on your behalf at no extra charge.)

The single supplement costs for the Guatemala - Central American Specialties tour, the Tikal Extension and the Atlantic Slope Extension are US$ 310, US$ 170 and US$ 160 respectively, and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€), or South Africa Rand (ZAR), please refer to our website for the current exchange rate.

For the Tikal Extension current exchange rate, click here.
For the Atlantic Slope Extension current exchange rate, click here.

This includes:
•All meals from lunch on Day 1 to dinner on Day 4 of the Atlantic Slope Extension, lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 9 for those on the Main Tour, and from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5 for those on the Tikal Extension;

•All lodgings as per itinerary;
•Ground transportation mentioned in the itinerary;
•Reserve entrance fees;
•Gratuities for local guides and services; and
•Guiding services of local guides and tour leader.

This excludes:
•Any airfares (see above);
•Any beverages;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same with approximate domestic flight and single supplement rates, which are also subject to exchange rate movements.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 6 paying participants for the main tour, and 5 paying participants for both extensions) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.

d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. For those doing the Dry Forest Extension, the tour will depart from Guatemala City at 06:00 and conclude in the late afternoon on Day 4 in Guatemala City. The main tour will depart from La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City on day 1 with a group transfer to Antigua Guatemala. More details on the time of this transfer will be advised closer to the time; we do, however, recommend arrival before 09h00. The tour will conclude by around 16h00 on day 9 at the same airport. For those doing the Tikal Extension, the tour will depart from La Aurora International Airport on day 1 (day 9 of the main tour), and will conclude at the same airport on day 5. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.

FLIGHTS:
La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City (GUA) is the main port of entry for international flights in Guatemala and is well serviced by most of North America’s and Europe’s major airlines. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. We can, however, book the internal flights for you.

IMPORTANT: please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Please note:
•Some of our time is spent in vehicles, and we do have a couple lengthy drives to get to the best birding sites. The more luggage you pack the less room there is in the vehicle, so it is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack.

•We will be birding the mountainous areas of Guatemala on foot along forest trails that are steep and, depending on weather conditions, sometimes slippery. A generally good level of fitness is required for this section of the tour, especially the hike up the San Pedro Volcano where we should expect a long day of difficult hiking to reach the best habitat.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price (Per Person) €2,130 * £1,710 * USD2,700 * ZAR29,560

Note: Tour prices fixed in US Dollars, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Flight costs not included.

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At M17026 we have been delivering unbeatable birding and wildlife holidays since 1998. Our birding tours are professionally guided, fun and educational. They follow expertly planned itineraries and represent exceptional value for money. If you have not yet experienced the joys of world birding with us, we would be...

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