Mayan Highlands and Honduras Lowlands Birding Tour
Eighty-three per cent of Honduras is mountainous, with its highest point being 9,000 feet above sea level. There are approximately 107 protected areas within this territory, because of this Honduras is considered to have the highest percentage of forested land in Central America. Surprisingly, Honduras does not have a large number of tourists; therefore, it is common to find yourself alone amongst the beautiful natural settings.
The flora and fauna are quite diverse, there are many important ecosystems. Mangrove forests can be found as well as wetlands, rainforests, cloud forests, and conifer forests. Each of these systems provides niches and habitats for local fauna.
Alternative Tour Name: Birding The Mayan Highlands And Lowlands Of Honduras
After arriving in San Pedro Sula (airport code: SAP), we will drive to Copan Ruinas, approximately 3.5 hours. On route, we will stop at the archeological site “El Puente” which was a satellite city of the great metropolis of Copan (depending on flight arrival time in Honduras). We will see structures of religious significance as well as administrative buildings and residential dwellings of the Mayas. Or we can stop in Finca Santa Isabel coffee farm.
We will be birdwatching near the Copán River, and the San Francisco Lagoon, an area populated with many species of birds due to the variety of forest; conifer trees and broad-leaf. This location is considered the largest gathering place of the beautiful Elegant Euphonia in Central America. We hope to observe a minimum of 60 species of birds.
Visit the political and religious center of Mayan Society in the Copan Valley, well known for its stelae, ball court and hieroglyphic staircase. Abundant Scarlet Macaws will welcome us, these birds were sacred in Mayan Mythology, and reintroduced in the Copán area 40 years ago. Before the visit to the ruins we will watch birds in the adjacent forest.
You will be birding in broad leaf forest and coffee plantations, where it’s possible to find many species. In the afternoon, you can enjoy of one of the most relaxing natural spas in the country.
This morning we will have an opportunity for birding in the first Mayan residential area studied by archeologists. We will walk among palaces that were inhabited by Mayan nobility; scribes, astronomers, and congressmen. This is young forest growth, a great habitat for some bird species.
After an early breakfast we will start birding in search of: Little Tinamou, Gray-Chested Dove, Long-billed Hermit, Black Crested Coquette, Collared Trogon, Black-faced Antthrush, White-throated- Trush, Short Billed Pigeon and Keel-billed Motmot.
This will be a long day birding with many wonderful experiences and pleasant encounters with many and rare species. We hope to find the mythical Resplendent Quetzal.
This will be a long day birding, with many wonderful experiences and encounters with rare and sought-after species like Olivaceous Piculet, Green Sparrow, Prevost's Ground-Sparrow and more. Near the Archeological Park possible species are Purple Gallinule, Black- bellied Whistling Duck, Snail Kite, Limpkin, Rudy Crake, Rufous-breasted Spinetail, White-throated Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Elaenia, and White-winged Becard. A great place to find the Spotted Rail.
This area, is one of the places in Honduras, where you can see the Honduran Emerald. The only endemic bird in our country. The following birds may also be seen: White-Necked Puffbird, Yellow-tailed Oriole, and many more.
Morning birding near the lake looking for sought after species. In the afternoon, we will travel to La Ceiba, a 3-hour drive. This area has a completely different landscape made up of wildlife reserves, protected rainforest, Garifuna communities, and towns developed by the banana companies. We can bird around de hotel.
Today we will walk the trails of Rio Santiago Lodge Nature Resort; a very special place for watching hummingbirds. More than 22 species have been seen here including White-necked Jacobin, Crowned Woodnymph, Violet Sabrewing, Long-billed Hermit and Band-tailed Barbthroat. The beautiful Lovely Cotinga can also be spotted in this location.
This is a day filled with adventure as we arrive in the community of La Union we will be transported in a small train, and take us to Cuero y Salado, where we will travel by boat through canals looking for beautiful tropical birds like Agami Heron, American Pygmy Kingfisher or Black-crowned Antshrike.
The United Fruit Company founded this Botanical Garden in 1927. It was designed as an experimental station with a variety of plants from different continents; it is a paradise for birdwatchers.
On this day you can visit Punta Sal National Park, fantastic place where you can see beautiful birds, howler monkeys and enjoy beautiful beaches with white sand and turquoise waters. In the afternoon visit a Garifuna community.
Any activities dependent on flight departure times.
The following are birds we will be looking for (Just to mention a few.):
Turquoise-browed Motmot, Keel-billed Motmot, White-throated Magpie-Jay, Bushy Crested, Bare-Throted Tiger-Heron, Boat- billed, Heron, Laughing Falcon, Purple Gallinule, Gartered Trogon, Squirrel Cuckoo, Amazon Kingfisher, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, White-necked, Jacobin, Black Cheeked Woodpecker, Rose- throated Becard, Barred Antshrike, Fork tailed Flycatcher, Prevost’s Ground-Sparrow, Lovely, Cotinga, Elegant Euphonia, Honduran, Emerald (the only endemic bird in Honduras).
What is included?
- 14 nights of accommodations in double occupancy rooms
- All meals
- Professional guide
- All ground transportation transfers
- and entrance fees to Archeological Parks and Nature Areas
What is not included?
- International flight tickets and visa fees
- Insurance and other incidentals.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Airport departure tax