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Western Honduras Birding and Cultural Exploration

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 8 people
Destination(s): Honduras  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1600 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1900 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival. You will be met at the Airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight San Pedro Sula.

Day 2: San Pedro Sula - Copan. Early transfer by road to Copán. We travel through beautiful rural countryside as we make our way to the picturesque village of Copán Ruinas. In the afternoon we will take a bird watching hike around Copán, where we will have the chance to observe Turquois-browed Motmot, Blue-throated Toucanet, several species of tanagers and orioles. Overnight Copán.

Day 3: Copan Ruins. Today we will visit the legendary Archaeological Park of Copán, which consists of two main sites. The Ruins and the Sepulchres. We will learn about the amazing 63 step stairway with over 2,500 hieroglyphs and the masterfully carved Stella. We also visit Las Sepulturas, a resdental and burial site of the mayan nobles. We return to Copán for lunch. In the afternoon we bird watch in the Rural Eco Hacienda San Lucas and The Los Sapos Archaeological Site and we visit the Enchanted Wings Butterfly Garden. Overnight Copán.

Day 4: Copan – Sta. Barbara – Lago. This morning we take a nature and culture tour of Copán Valley. After lunch in Copán we transfer to Lago Yojoa. En route we will visit Santa Barbara a typical rural town. Here we visit a handy craft center that surports work with artisans women of the surrounding area. Panama hats, colorful woven baskets and many other products are produced from natural fibers such as reed, corn husk, flat rush and palm leaf. After this tour we continue on to Lake Yojoa. For some late afternoon bird watching before arriving at our hotel. Overnight Lago Yojoa.

Day 5: Los Naranjo and Pulhapanzak. Lake Yojoa is a natural paradise, an area which contains one of the richest avifaunas in Central America, with more than 350 species of birds, today we explore this area. We visit the lake and Los Naranjos Ecology Park and then lunch in a typical restaurant to savor the tasty bass. After our meal we visit Pulhapanzak Waterfall the most spectacular in Honduras. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon to bird watch amoungest the hotels orchard. Overnight Lago Yojoa.

Day 6: Lake – Lancetilla - Tela. Morning transfer to Tela. After lunch in Tela we visit the Lancetilla Botanical Gardens. The gardens were founded over 70 years ago as an experimental botanical site by the United Fruit Company. The gardens are home to hardwood, medicinal and ornamental plants as well as tropical fruit trees from all over the world. Lancetilla is home to over 300 species of birds includbing Great Antshrike, Cinnamon Becard, Lovely Cotinga, Purple-crowned Fairy, Keel-billed Toucan, trogons, motmots, parrots and tanagers are all found. An Orchid Garden and a Natural Reserve with a beautiful 1,200 hectares of virgin tropical rainforest make up this wonderful natural area. Overnight Tela.

Day 7: Los Micos. Los Micos is seperated from the sea by narrow tongue of sand. The lagoon is surrounded by mangroves which form many canals and cayes where coexist a huge variety of plant and animal species. Over 350 different species of birds are found in the lagoon, look for the Roseate Spoonbills, White Ibis and Magnificent Frigatebird. We will explore the lagoons canals and mangroves by boat. Overnight Tela.

Day 8: Tela – La Ceiba. Morning transfer to La Ceiba and Pico Bonito Lodge. The Lodge at Pico Bonito is a luxury nature resort located on Honduras' Caribbean coast and nestled within the magnificent rainforest of the Pico Bonito National Park. The luxuriously appointed cabins are the perfect marriage of rustic elegance and all the comforts of home. On arrival we will take a birdwatching hike in the beautiful surroundings of Pico Bonito Lodge. Over 275 species have been located near the lodge. Herewe may see Blue-gray Tanager, Painted Bunting, Black-headed Trogon and the spectacular Long-tailed Manakin! To add to this jaguar, ocelots, kinkajous, peccaries and a number of species of monkeys are also found. After lunch, we will have the rest of the day is free to explore the lodges surroundings. Overnight Pico Bonito Lodge, La Ceiba.

Day 9: Pico Bonito Lodge. Day at leisure to enjoy the wonderful nature surrounding the Pico Bonito Lodge. Suggested activities include hiking through the well marked trails to the natural pools or the waterfalls, a visit to the serpentarium and butterfly farm or just relax by the pool. Enjoy! Overnight Pico Bonito Lodge.

Day 10: La Ceiba – San Pedro Sula - Departure. Morning transfer to the airport in time for your connecting flight. End of Program.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodations
- All meals
- Private transportation
- Bilingual naturalist guide (specialized on birdwatching)
- All entrance fees.

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