With more than 720 species, Guatemala should rank as one of the world's major birding destinations. But for a variety of reasons, historical, political, and practical, this beautiful and welcoming country has not enjoyed the benefits that ornithotourism has so richly bestowed on some of its neighbors in central America. An energetic series of special events and publications sponsored by the Mesa Nacional de Aviturismo (National Birding Roundtable) has made a terrific start at changing this situation, informing the international birding community of the unique birding opportunities in Guatemala. Where else, after all, can one observe Black-throated Green, Towsend's, Hermit, and Golden-cheeked Warblers in a single flock in a single morning? Or see four New World vultures in the space of a few minutes? Or watch Eastern Bluebirds gather nesting material while Brown-backed Solitaires and Mountain Trogons sing from the forest edge? Among the most recent efforts to spread the word is the well-known researcher Luis Villar Anleu's new work Guatemala: Aves Emblematicas y simbolicas. As the book's title suggests, the author cannily treats birds and their significance to the country's rich culture; that culture, some aspects of which reach continuously to the Classical Maya of the third to the tenth century A.D., is one of the great charms of a birding trip to Guatemala, and only the narrowest of minds would be capable of visiting the country without enjoying the wealth of its history and the inviting sweetness of its people (who even eat sugar cookies for breakfast-how can I not love this country!).