At the present time EcoQuest Travel does not have a trip to Honduras scheduled. The following itinerary is an example of trips we have conducted in the past and is similar to trips we intend to offer in the future. Please keep in mind that Honduras is a very diverse country and EcoQuest Travel offers many different itineraries to Honduras – the trip listed below is just one example. If you are interested in Honduras as a destination please contact us for further information.

The Ruins, Rainforests and Reefs of Honduras

10-Day Natural History Trip with optional 5-Day Bay Islands Whale Shark Extension

Day 1 – Thursday, April 19: Raleigh to San Pedro Sula, Honduras

We will arrive at Raleigh/Durham International Airport two hours prior to our scheduled departure time for our flight from Raleigh to Miami and on to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. After clearing customs and immigration we will depart for the city of Copan and its ancient Mayan ruins. Along the way we will learn about Mayan culture including their trade routes, their social and political organization and theories about their demise. In the late afternoon we may get a chance to hike in the Copan Valley if time permits. We will overnight at the Hotel Marina Copan. The Hotel Marina Copan is beautiful hotel featuring Spanish architecture amidst lush gardens. (D)

Day 2 – Friday, April 20: The Mayan Ruins of Copan

This morning after breakfast we will explore the fantastic ruins of Copan. Copan is known as the most artistically advanced and elaborate of all the Mayan cities. The Archaeological Park of Copan consists of two main sites: the Ruins and the Sepulturas. The Ruins consist of temples and courtyards including the hieroglyphic stairway with over 2,500 carved hieroglyphs. The Sepulturas was a residential and burial area for the Mayan elite. We will also visit the Museum of Mayan Sculpture. In the late afternoon we will look for birds and other wildlife in the Copan Valley. Once again we will overnight at the Hotel Marina Copan. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Saturday, April 21: Copan to Cusuco National Park

We will begin our day early as we hike through the dry tropical forest looking for wildlife at Hacienda San Lucas. We could see white-throated magpie jays, motmots, orioles and many reptiles. We will also visit “Los Sapos” archaeological site. Los sapos means “the toads” and they were thought to be fertility symbols for the Mayans. We will eat an authentic Mayan lunch at Hacienda San Lucas with great views overlooking the Copan Valley. After lunch we will travel to Cofradia where we will transfer from our bus to the 4X4 vehicles necessary to reach Buenos Aires – a coffee growing community on the outskirts of Cusuco National Park. We will stay at Ecoalbergue Lodge – a rustic, but nice community operated lodge with unparalleled access to Cusuco National Park. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Sunday, April 22: Cusuco National Park

Our day will begin very early as we travel into Cusuco NP. Cusuco, located in the impressive Merendon mountain range, is a cloud forest park and home to abundant wildlife. Toucans, parrots, tanagers and other birds flit among the giant tree ferns. If we are really lucky we could spy shy mammals such tapirs and monkeys. This park is also one of the best places to see the holy bird of the Mayans and Aztecs the magnificent resplendent quetzal. The quetzals will be breeding while we are in Cusuco, and this should aid in glimpsing this brilliant crimson and green bird with its long trailing tail feathers. We will eat a picnic lunch in the Park and after spending a full day exploring we will return to Ecoalbergue Lodge for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Monday, April 23: Cusuco NP to Tela and Lancetilla Botanical Gardens

We will depart early this morning for Tela and the Lancetilla Botanical Gardens. Founded over 70 years ago by the United Fruit Company (the company responsible for the “Chiquita Banana”) the gardens are home to a wide variety of tropical hardwoods, fruit trees, orchids and other ornamental plants. An orchid garden and a nature reserve with 1,200 hectares of virgin tropical rainforest make up this wonderful natural area. Because the gardens are home to so many flowering and fruiting plants they are also home to an amazing variety of birds including: toucans, parrots, trogons, cotingas and hummingbirds. In fact over 300 species have been identified in the Gardens and we will do our best to seek them out. We will overnight in the seaside city of Tela tonight at the Hotel Gran Central. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Tuesday, April 24: Punta Sal/Janette Kawas National Park and on to Pico Bonito Lodge

Early this morning we will board our boats for the impressive rock formations, varied wildlife, and coral patch reefs of Punta Sal National Park. Bottlenose dolphin may be our escorts as we glide across the Gulf of Honduras to the Peninsula of Punta Sal. The sheltered lagoons and palm-fringed beaches are home to a great variety of wildlife including herons, ibis, sandpipers and American crocodiles. We will take a short forest hike where we could see mantled howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys. We will also have the opportunity to snorkel among the coral patch reefs that lie just off shore before our picnic lunch on the beach. In the late afternoon we will travel to La Ceiba and the Lodge at Pico Bonito where we will overnight and spend the remainder of the trip. The Lodge at Pico Bonito is an elegant ecotourism lodge set among coffee and cocoa plantations on the edge of Pico Bonito National Park. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Wednesday, April 25: Pico Bonito and Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge

After an early breakfast we will depart for Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is comprised of vast mangrove forests ribboned with water channels. Our journey begins on narrow gauge rail cars as we travel to the river’s edge where we will board our boat and explore the quiet waterways in search of monkeys, boat-billed herons, iguanas and numerous other wildlife species. This wildlife sanctuary was first designated to help protect the endangered manatees and if we are lucky we will get to see them. We will have lunch back at Pico Bonito Lodge. After lunch we will tour the Lodge’s butterfly gardens and serpentarium. In the late afternoon we will hike some of the lodge’s trails and use the canopy tower to look for wildlife. After dinner tonight we will have the option to go on a night hike in search of reptiles, amphibians and nocturnal mammals. (B,L,D)

Day 8 & 9 – Thursday and Friday, April 26 & 27: Pico Bonito National Park

We will spend the next two days exploring the vast riches of Pico Bonito National Park. Encompassing 100,000 hectares PBNP is the largest national park in Honduras and one of the largest tracts of protected rainforest in Central America. As a result it is home to most of Central America’s large mammals including jaguar, tapir, peccaries and puma. It is also home to spider monkeys, tamandua (or lesser anteater), ocelot and many other species. Seeing any of these mammals will require a lot of luck, but they are present. PBNP is also rich in bird species including guans, long-tailed manakins, euphonias and countless others. Reptiles and amphibians should be equally abundant including red-eyed treefrogs, casque-headed iguanas, boa constrictors and many more. Besides the abundant and diverse wildlife the Park has some magnificent scenery including some great waterfalls to swim in. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Saturday, April 28: La Ceiba to San Pedro Sula to the US

After breakfast we will travel back to San Pedro Sula and transfer to the airport and our departing flight to the US. For those participating on the extension we will transfer to the airport in La Ceiba for our flight to the Bay Islands. (B)

* Please note that EcoQuest Travel, Inc. will make every effort to adhere to this itinerary, but dates, times, activities and prices are subject to change depending on scheduling and availability.

OPTIONAL 5-DAY WHALE SHARK EXTENSION

Day 10 – Saturday, April 28: La Ceiba to the Island of Utila

We have a late afternoon flight from La Ceiba to the Bay Island of Utila. Upon arrival we will be picked up and transferred to our accommodations at the beautiful Utila Lodge. (D)

Days 1, 2, 3 & 4 – Sunday through Wednesday, April 29 – May 2: Utila: Snorkeling and looking for Whale Sharks

The next four days will be spent on the idyllic Caribbean Island of Utila. Utila is the smallest of the three Bay Islands and is also the closest to the mainland, lying only 18 miles off the Honduran Coast. The Bay Islands are ringed with vast and unspoiled coral reefs making them one of the best diving and snorkeling destinations in the world. We will spend these four days snorkeling and exploring the incredible reef systems off Utila. These reefs, and the crystal clear waters surrounding them, are teeming with colorful fish, corals, sponges, lobsters and other marine invertebrates. Utila has the added advantage of being close to the edge of the Cayman Trench. Its proximity to this deep drop-off, and the associated upwelling of nutrients, makes Utila perhaps the best place in the world to see whale sharks. Growing up to 60 feet long the harmless, plankton-feeding whale shark is the largest living fish. During the mid to late spring whale sharks gather off Utila to feed providing a unique opportunity to snorkel with these rare and wonderful creatures. The staff at Utila Lodge specializes in whale sharks and will spend each day trying to locate them. When an individual or group is found they will round us up for the privilege of swimming with the biggest fish in the world. Utila Lodge is a beautiful property located right on the water. It has spacious rooms, a restaurant with excellent food and all the other amenities one associates with all-inclusive resorts. Scuba diving is available to certified divers at an additional charge. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Thursday, May 3: Utila to San Pedro Sula and on to the US

We will depart early this morning on our flight from Utila to San Pedro Sula. Upon arrival in San Pedro Sula we will transfer from the domestic terminal to the international terminal and get checked in for our departure back to the US. (B)

* Please note that EcoQuest Travel, Inc. will make every effort to adhere to this itinerary, but dates, times, activities and prices are subject to change depending on scheduling and availability.