Red-crowned Ant Tanager © Mike Nelson

Any birding tour to Guatemala should include Tikal and the Petén lowlands, not just for the stunning birds but also for the stunning atmosphere.

Birding with guide George Alfred on the grounds of Belcampo Belize (as it is currently called).

Southern Belize is a good first stop in a tropical bird-watching tour. A few days in the rainforest with a good guide is likely to net you well over a hundred species. Time your visit to coincide with breeding and migration, which runs from February through March.

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