Birds-Eye View of Nature

Birds-Eye View of Nature

Antigua Canopy Tours isn’t just about the unique experience of gliding… it’s about gliding through a tropical rainforest or cloud forest canopy. It’s about experiencing nature in an unforgettable way.

Finca Filadelfia operates over a sprawling 750 acres, 660 of which are used for farming. One-fourth of the farm is strictly preserved as an ecological reserve area and another similar area is dedicated to reforestation programs. Ninety-six percent of the farmed land is protected by trees, creating a unique ecological habitat. This is important, the operation says, for growing their “cash crop:” coffee.

“The art of high quality coffee production demands a profound respect and understanding of the coffee plants and the ecosystems where it thrives. In order to produce the best coffee in the world, we must create a special ecosystem termed ‘agroecosystem’ where coffee can express its potential quality as well as preserve the environment.”

As a result, hundreds of birds can be found nesting within the grounds of Finca Filadelfia making it a prime location for bird watching. More than 130 different species of birds can be found on the farm, 30 of which are endemic species including exotic hummingbirds, jays, hawks, and cuckoos.

As part of the canopy tour, visitors will get to observe both flora and fauna at high altitudes, not to mention the excellent views of La Antigua Guatemala and surrounding communities: San Juan del Obispo, San Felipe de Jesús, Ciudad Vieja and other “aldeas.” Aside from coffee, I spotted olive trees, avocado trees, Gravileas and more on my tour. Needless to say, if you’re not up for darting through the trees like a bird the Forest Trail option is more than worth your while.

text and photo by Laura McNamara

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  • Eric

    Okay, now you keep mentioning this word … “coffee” … and I’m thinking this place is worth a visit. Ja-ja-ja! I will try to stop by on my next visit. It does look like a lot of fun.

    • @Eric: And if you do chicken out, Finca Filadelfia has a wonderful outdoor cafe where you can sip the fine coffee. 😉

  • Darrin Brown

    I will have to try out the canopy tour the next time I am in town!

  • Bravo Laura, beautiful pictures. They show some of the beauty of this preserved area. The red & yellow flowers are called “cucuyus”. They grow mostly in the highlands and their leaves are used in Cobán and Santiago Atitlan for wrapping tamales.

    • @Pascu: Hey! Great additional info! I had no idea about the tamale-wrapping bit…

  • These pictures are beautiful and they do a good job showing Guate. Canopy tours looks like so much fun.

  • It is indeed inviting!!! And, well, yes, heights, heights, heights… Did it once, why not twice or more? It will happen, ;O) Thank you Laura!!!!!

    • As they say: third time’s a charm! Thus, I’d say at least two times more! 😉

  • Hahahahaha!!!!!! Eeh, ok, 😉