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Biotopo del Quetzal Tours and Activities

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The Biotopo Mario Dary Rivera Nature Reserve, commonly referred to as Biotopo del Quetzal, is one of Guatemala’s best nature sites. It gets its name from the country’s national bird, the endangered Quetzal, which has found a home within the sanctuary.

Quetzals are rather elusive within Biotopo del Quetzal, but they are sometimes spotted near local restaurants, as they prefer to feast on avocado-like fruits from neighboring aguacatillo trees. Some say December and January are the prime months to spot them; keep your eyes open for birds with bright-red chests; green, fuzzy feathers on their heads; and exotic, long tail feathers.

If you don’t manage to spot one, there is still plenty to see at Biotopo del Quetzal. Despite the fact that only a small portion of the vast reserve is open to visitors, there are a number of different mosses, ferns, orchids and epiphytes to see, as well as other birds, including the emerald toucanet and highland guan. Howler monkeys and other wildlife also make their homes in the reserve.

Two trails begin at Biotopo del Quetzal’s visitor center, branching off into the vegetation. The first trail, Los Helechos, is shorter at 1.24 miles (2 km), while Los Musgos (The Mosses) is twice that length. Whether you opt for the shorter or the longer trail, you will pass by scenic waterfalls where you can stop and enjoy a quick swim.

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3-Day Tour of Cobán and Semuc Champey from Antigua

3-Day Tour of Cobán and Semuc Champey from Antigua

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Take in the highlights of central Guatemala over three memorable days on this action-packed tour from Antigua, including accommodation. Experience village life in the alpine town of Cobán, then spot quetzal and rare orchids on a 3-hour hike through the El Biotopto del Quetzal forest. Venture underground to explore the Lanquin Caves; marvel over the stalagmites and stalactites of the Rey Marcos Caves; and plunge into the rock pools of Semuc Champey.
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  • 3 days
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3-Day Tour of Cobán and Semuc Champey from Guatemala City

3-Day Tour of Cobán and Semuc Champey from Guatemala City

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Soak up the scenery of central Guatemala over three memorable days with this action-packed tour from Guatemala City. Enjoy two nights accommodation in the alpine town of Cobán, with ample opportunities to discover the surrounding countryside. Follow your guide on a 3-hour hike through the El Biotopto del Quetzal forest; cool off in the rock pools of Semuc Champey; and explore the Lanquin and Rey Marcos caves.
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  • 3 days
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Private Full-Day El Quetzal Birdwatching Experience from Cobán

Private Full-Day El Quetzal Birdwatching Experience from Cobán

Birdwatching is an outdoor activity that brings you to the heart of nature. Having close contact with the forest, birds, and mammals that live in the highlands of Guatemala is an experience that will make you have full-body goosebumps. Guatemala is a megadiverse country, blessed with an incredible amount of flora, fauna, and microclimates that make it unique in the world. Come join us on this breathtaking tour where you´ll have the opportunity to watch our national bird, El Quetzal. The rain forest is the habitat of this beyond-beautiful bird, but not only that, is the home of dozens of different mesmerizing flowers and animals. If we´re lucky enough, we´ll have the chance to see El Quetzal, a sacred bird since the prehispanic era. Immerse yourself in this never-to-forget tour full of nature, birdwatching, and a refreshing dip in the natural pools formed by the waterfalls of the area if you wish. You´re just a few clicks away from a real-life fantasy!
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Semuc Champey, Copan, Quirigua and Rio Dulce Tour

Semuc Champey, Copan, Quirigua and Rio Dulce Tour

Enjoy a 5-day tour of the most emblematic places in Guatemala. You will get to know Semuc Champey and its crystalline waters, the archaeological splendor of Copán, the imposing Mayan stelae of Quiriguá, and enjoy nature in Río Dulce !.
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Semuc Champey in a Private Full-Day Tour

Semuc Champey in a Private Full-Day Tour

Las Verapaces in Guatemala is a destination that can't be missed in your visit to this awe-inspiring country. We´ll take you on this full-day tour full of nature. Be ready to be jaw-dropped when visiting the paradise of Semuc Champey with its natural bridge above a river where turquoise natural pools form. On our visit, we´ll start by going up to the viewpoint of the park where you´ll be able to take great photos, walk in the middle of the forest and enjoy the weather. Since this is tropical weather, you will want to drench in the natural pools. Don´t forget your swimsuit! What makes this place even more special is that there´s no phone signal so you can enjoy it to the fullest without any distraction. Don´t forget to bring cash for your personal expenses and get ready to have one of the best days while you´re in Guatemala.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Semuc Champey + El Quetzal birdwatching, in a Private 3 Days Tour

Semuc Champey + El Quetzal birdwatching, in a Private 3 Days Tour

Las Verapaces in Guatemala is a destination that can't be missed in your visit to this awe-inspiring country. We´ll take you on a 3-day tour full of new experiences, culture, history but mainly you´ll have a close interaction with nature. Be ready to be jaw-dropped when visiting the paradise of Semuc Champey with its natural bridge above a river where turquoise natural pools form. Visit the 400+ year City of Cobán and discover its architectural jewels. There's no better close to this tour than birdwatching, around 87 species of birds live in the cloud forest of this region, and if we´re lucky enough we´ll see a good portion of them including El Quetzal, Guatemala's national bird. Orchids cannot be left apart, these exotic flowers have a special place in this full-of-senses tour. Be part of an orchid care workshop and know about the 1400 species of orchids that find a home in Guatemala. For those out there looking for memorable experiences, this is the time for you!
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What are Biotopo del Quetzal hours of operation?
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Biotopo del Quetzal hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Biotopo del Quetzal tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Biotopo del Quetzal can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 6 Biotopo del Quetzal tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Biotopo del Quetzal 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Biotopo del Quetzal costs USD 210.00. Guided Biotopo del Quetzal tours start around USD 210.00 per person. See all 6 Biotopo del Quetzal tickets and tours on Viator.
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