Guatemala Los Tarrales Geisha Washed
Los Tarrales Natural Reserve is an award winning farm for their conservation efforts of forests and wildlife as well as their amazing coffee.
Owned by the Burge since 1940, Los Tarrales has been a haven for endangered species of animals which is why it is one of the preferred spots in Guatemala to see more than 360 species of birds.
All of the coffee is shaded and grown with an emphasis on biodiversity making sure to reduce the amount of unnecessary chemicals used.
Located at the base of Atitlan Volcano, Los Tarrales Natural Reserve has been known for its coffee growing and conservation efforts since it was purchased by the Burge family from Virgina, USA in 1940. With a production of more than 2,000,000 pounds of ripe coffee produced a year, Los Tarrales is able to provide jobs to hundreds of people all while protecting the abundant wildlife and 2,800 acres under it’s care.
Los Tarrales reserve ranges from the lowlands at 750 m elevation to the top of the volcano at 3500 m, providing different bird habitats. More than 350 bird species have been recorded in Los Tarrales. The preserve is part of the Atitlán Important Bird Area (IBA GT015), designated by BirdLife International.
The entire altitudinal range is accessible on trails of different difficulty, from easy to walk to very tough hikes. Los Tarrales lodge is located at 750 m and surrounded by the small village, the coffee processing plant, coffee and ornamental flower plantations, and secondary growth. Several Cinnamon Hummingbirds defend their territories around the lodge and flocks of Pacific, Orange-fronted, and Orange-chinned Parakeet do often rest in nearby trees. White-bellied Chachalacas are often seen in secondary scrub.