The Guatemala Bird Watching Roundtable was formed in February 2004 by a group of private and public institutions that shared the vision to develop the bird watching tourism segment in Guatemala and to position the country as a world-wide known destination for birding.

The Roundtable defined then the National Bird Watching Strategy which is the driving document regarding the development for such activity.

Five-year Vision Statement

In 2009, Guatemala is internationally known as World-class Destination for Bird Watching, where throughout the year there are organized opportunities for watching resident and migratory bird species (in tours, expeditions, congress, festivals, bird counts, and others).  Besides generating income for the country, bird watching tourism generates jobs and income for the Guatemalan tourism industry, providing important income and direct benefits to rural communities and  conservation areas in the country.

The Guatemalan Bird Watching Round Table

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012 - present

Claudia Burgos – President
Marco Centeno –  VicePresident
Claudia García  -  Treasurer

Group Coordinators
Jorge Mario Samayoa - Institutional Growth & Finance
Ana María Herrández with the support of Adira Castillo  -  Training
Hugo Enriquez – Scientific Research
Richard Rivera and Estuardo Rosales– Product Development
David Paz with the support of Irene Rodrigez and Bitty Ramirez-Portilla- Marketing and promotion

General Objetive

To develop competitively the bird watching potential that Guatemala holds, as a strategy to generate income for rural communities, increase income and conserve our natural and cultural patrimony.  

The Bird Watching Roundtable has 5 working commissions with specific objectives in each in order to reach the general objective. These commissions are:

1. Inter-institutional coordination and financial management for the enforcement of the National Bird Watching Tourism Strategy.
2. Development of bird watching products and services in order to generate a competitive offer under international standards.
3. Education and training
4. Promotion and marketing
5. Research

Institutions that have supported the  Bird Watching Round Table

Government Institutions

National Protected Areas Council – CONAP -
Guatemalan Tourism Board – INGUAT -

Non-Governmental and/or Development Organizations

Guatemalan Ornithological Society- SGO -
The Nature Conservancy - TNC -
Fundación para el Ecoturismo y la Conservación – FUNDAECO
Fundación Defensores de la Naturaleza – FDN -
Peace Corps -

Private Sector

Guatemalan Tour Operators Association – ASOPTUR -
Guatemala Natural Private Reserves Association – ARNPG -
Asociación Gremial de Exportadores de Productos No Tradicionales – AGEXPRONT -
Guatemala Tourism Chamber - CAMTUR -

Institutions that have supported the Birdwatching Round Table:

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala - UVG -
Centro de Estudios Conservacionistas de la Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala – CECON- USAC -
Instituto Técnico de Capacitación y Productividad – INTECAP -
Fideicomiso para la Conservación de Guatemala – FCG -

Embajada de España en Guatemala


Promotion of Memberships

The Birdwathcing Round Table invites you to be part of it  getting numerous benefits. Working with us will make accomplish our mission of making birdwatching activities to strengthen  Guatemala's position both locally and globally as a top site in birdwatching.

We invite you to be part of it!

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Birdwatching in Guatemala

Welcome to Guatemala's Birdwatching Portal

A small country in Central America, Guatemala, stands out at a worldwide level for its extraordinaire biological diversity and its wide variety of beautiful landscapes. In only 108,000 km2 there are over 700 bird species. In a few weeks, a birdwatcher may identify more than 300 species in a fabulous trip that goes from the humid cloud forests to desert-like lands, visiting at the same time its incredible archaeological and cultural legacy. Guatemala has a high diversity of regional endemics that belong to 4 main regions of endemism.



Birdwatching Tourism Round Table Books

We invite you to acquire the material and books that the Birdwatching Tourism Round Table is promoting.  This material contains numerous data and valuable information of the birdwatching activities and sites in Guatemala. It also contains information of the most common ecosystems and biomes in which the birding activities are developed.

Since its creation in 2004,   the Birdwatching Tourism Round Table has been working in the elaboration and generation   of material and information about the potential sites to develop birdwatching and the activities that it implies. It has also been working in generating the technical and scientific information regarding birds of Guatemala and their habitat.