Welcome to Los Tarrales Lodge and Private Nature Reserve

Los Tarrales is a place for people who like nature. We invite you to explore the diverse tropical wildlife in forests and plantations in the 1300 hectare large reserve on Guatemala's Atitlán Volcano, to hike along the many trails, and to see how coffee is grown and processed.

Los Tarrales forest
Humid forest in Los Tarrales in the foothills of Atitlán volcano.

Knowledgeable guides, well-working local logistics, an extensive trail network, and comfortable lodging give visitors an unforgettable experience. Los Tarrales is easily accessible via the Panamerican highway (CA1) or the coastal highway (CA2).

Azure-rumped Tanager
Los Tarrales is a stronghold for the Endangered Azure-rumped Tanager.

Los Tarrales ranges in altitude from 700 to 3500 m (2300 - 11500 ft) and is home to diverse wildlife, incuding more than 340 bird species, more than 270 butterfly species, and top predators such as Margay and Puma. Los Tarrales is part of the Atitlán Important Bird Area, and harbors 21 regional endemic bird species, including Horned Guan, Highland Guan, Azure-rumped Tanager, and Blue-tailed Hummingbird.

Birding in Los Tarrales coffee plantation.
Birding in Los Tarrales coffee plantation.

Recommended by Rough Guide and and Moon Travel Handbook:

Rough Guide to Guatemala

Moon Guide Guatemala
Rufous Sabrewing in Los Tarrales
Birding in Los Tarrales
Lounge in La Casona.
Location of Los Tarrales south of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala.


"The most impressive ecotourism operation I have seen in my too short stay in Guatemala."
Jeff Gordon, since 2010 President of the American Birding Association. February 2007

"Tarrales is great. In my relaxed morning simply birding on trails that led off from the cabins I found over 100 species of birds, including five species of parrots, three motmots, White-bellied Chachalaca, Highland Guan, Long-tailed Manakin, Rufous Sabrewing, and Prevost's Ground-Sparrow. I can't wait to get back and spend more time in such a birdy and hospitable setting."
Steve N. G. Howell, author of A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America. March 2008

"We visited Los Tarrales for the first time in 2002 and found great birding and very friendly people. Since then we came back many times for showing birds to international birdwatchers, for research on some of the special birds, and for teaching local guides and preparing publicity. Los Tarrales is one of the premier destinations in Guatemala for birdwatchers and nature lovers: food is great, local guides belong to the best in Guatemala, and accommodations are comfortable."
Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño, CAYAYA BIRDING. April 2015.

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