The Nature of Honduras: The Lodge at Pico Bonito: Jun 16—22, 2015

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Departs: San Pedro Sula
Tour Limit: 8
Operations Manager: Margaret Anderson
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Keel-billed Motmot— Photo: Kevin Zimmer

Little-known Honduras provides beautiful scenery and a great introduction to Neotropical natural history, plus an abundance of birds and the world’s second largest barrier reef, all while based at one comfortable lodge with excellent food.

This general nature tour presents an opportunity to discover the richness of this little-known country through a single-site stay at the lovely Lodge at Pico Bonito, where a wonderful selection of tropical birds and other wildlife are within easy reach.

Situated on the edge of Pico Bonito National Park, the Lodge at Pico Bonito is a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World.” Birds and butterflies abound throughout the grounds and along its trail system, representing a broad array of tropical species. The tantalizing and spectacular Lovely Cotinga is a regular sight here, while equally beautiful trogons, toucans and aracaries, tanagers, oropendolas, and more are regular visitors to the garden. During the night, the calls of the Great Potoo, and Black-and-white, Mottled, and Vermiculated Screech-owls are sometimes heard, and an interesting variety of frogs, moths, and other night creatures can be found.

VIDEO: The Lodge at Pico Bonito

Using Pico Bonito as a base, we will also visit the very birdy Lancetilla Botanical Gardens and we’ll take a late nineteenth century narrow-gauge train to the marshes and mangrove-lined lagoons of the Cuero y Salado refuge. And, for those who wish, we’ll arrange an optional snorkeling trip to Cayos Cochinos, a group of remote islands about ten miles off the coast.

Scenic Honduras is a comparatively little-known country, yet one that is gradually emerging into a first-rate travel destination. For the naturalist, it is a glorious place, full of birds and tremendous natural scenery.

Accommodations are luxurious, with excellent food; ample down time and no long drives; mostly easy walking; mostly warm temperatures throughout.