Day 1: San Pedro Sula - Copán Ruinas. Our guide awaits you at the reception of your hotel at your convenient time. Before heading to Copán Ruinas, we visit the traditional and colourful handcraft Guamilito market. Not only fruits, vegetables, spices and meat are for sale, but also a lot of handcraft, such as pottery, wooden and leather articles. The transfer to Copán takes about three hours. On the way you can observe the diversity of landscapes Honduras has to offer. Upon arrival you move into your room in the centrally located hotel. During the afternoon you will have plenty of time to discover and enjoy the small, relaxing village on your own. 2 nights accommodation in the famous, colonial-style Hotel Marina Copán.
Day 2: Copán Ruinas. After breakfast our guide guides you on a 30 minute walk to the famous Mayan ruins site of Copán. The Maya developed into the New World's most sophisticated ancient civilization, a society of scientists, skilled architects and sculptors, fierce warriors and a ruling class that raised enormous temples to honour the lives and achievements of their kings. Representing the southeast limit to the spread of the Maya world, the city-state of Copán became the Maya's crowning artistic achievement, the cultural apex of the Maya civilization. Leader among all Mayan cities in terms of quantity and quality of stone sculpture, it has been dubbed the Athens of the New World. Appreciate to its full the significant number of ruins surrounded by giant trees that provide shades all over the site.
Day 3: Copán Ruinas - Tela. Today we leave Copán and continue to Tela, a small town located at the Caribbean coast of Honduras, that became one of the most important ports of Central America at the beginning of the 20th century as trans-shipment centre of the country's most important export product, the banana. Nowadays Tela is famous for its beaches and the beauty of its protected areas. Before we reach Tela, we visit one of the largest botanical gardens worldwide, the Lancetilla Botanical Garden. Here you will find hardwood, medicinal and ornamental plants as well as tropical fruit trees from all over the world. Due to its variety of plant species, the park is a paradise for birds. More than 300 species have been counted so far, among them toucans, humming-birds and kingfishers. Two nights accommodation at the seaside hotel Villas Telamar.
Day 4: Punta Izopo National Park. In the morning you leave with your local guide for Punta Izopo National Park, located on the eastern end of the bay of Tela. This excursion involves kayaking through the maze of mangrove creeks and rivers that make up this national park. The kayaks offer the perfect mode of transport to explore the mangroves and silently sneak up on the many animals and birds that inhabit the park. In addition to the American crocodile, the green iguana, the black iguana and the boa constrictor, four species of ocean turtles inhabit the park. During March and April you can observe many birds in courtship, copulation and nest building. Later we transfer to the beautiful Garifuna beach of Triunfo de la Cruz, where you can enjoy a delicious meal, swim in the sea and relax. In the afternoon we return to Tela.
Day 5: Tela - Pico Bonito National Park. This morning is left free to relax on the beach or at the hotel pool. Later we transfer along the coast towards La Ceiba passing pineapple plantations. Located just a few miles from the city of La Ceiba, at the entrance of Honduras second largest national park, the Lodge Pico Bonito is one of the best lodges in the region and is a member of "Small Luxury Hotels of the World". In addition to various hiking trails and observation towers, on the lodge's ground there are an iguana farm, a serpentarium and a commercial butterfly farm that breeds over 40 species of tropical butterflies including the stunning blue morpho. You spend two nights here, relaxing and exploring the natural surroundings.
Day 6: Pico Bonito National Park. Pico Bonito National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in Honduras. Due to abrupt altitude differences its natural diversity is exceptionally high. Above 1,200 m the vegetation of Pico Bonito begins to change from tropical rainforest to cloud forest. With a local guide you experience the national park. The 2,436 m high Pico Bonito peak is the centrepiece of the park. It's the third highest peak of the country. In the morning you will have a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding mountain looming and the nearby town La Ceiba. Within the protected area you find waterfalls up to 25 m high.
Day 7: Pico Bonito Lodge - La Ceiba. You are transferred to the airport in La Ceiba, where your trip ends. Take a flight (not included) back to San Pedro Sula or continue your tour with a visit to the Bay Islands. 50 km in front of the Atlantic coast of Honduras these Caribbean islands are situated amidst the second largest coral reef worldwide. The diving or snorkel adventure starts just beneath the water surface of the calm crystal clear sea. On dreamlike white beaches you will be treated with pure recreation and relaxation.
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