Birding and Wildlife Photography Tour in the Caribbean
This is a 7-day Caribbean Birding and Wildlife Photography Tour, Honduras which is moderately paced available on request where we'll combine birding and wildlife photography within a network of diverse habitats like estuaries, mangroves canals, lowland rainforests, and beaches. Honduras has 700 km of Caribbean Coastline, with white sandy beaches and turquoise warm waters, where you can do snorkeling, diving, rafting, kayaking, and great birdwatching mixed with an exquisite Garifuna culinary experience.
Places we’ll visit Pico Bonito National Park, Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, Lancetilla Botanical Garden & the Archipelago of Cayos Cochinos, part of the Mesoamerican Reef Barrier System, the second-largest barrier reef in the world.
If you have a little more time to spend on your holiday, maybe you’d consider a longer trip like this Birding in Honduras Western Highlights Tour.
Alternative Tour Name: Caribbean Experience
You will arrive at Ramon Villeda Morales Airport in San Pedro Sula. Then we will drive to Lancetilla, located very near to the Caribbean city of Tela. It is the largest Botanical Garden in Latin America, it hosts over 2,000 plant species, and it has 326 bird species registered so far; it’s a plant and bird sanctuary. After an exquisite seafood lunch in the City of Tela, we'll transfer to Pico Bonito Lodge located near the community of El Pino in La Ceiba, Atlántida.
We will go birdwatching in Rio Santiago’s trails during the morning, this place is considered the hummingbird capital in Honduras, in different times of the year, you can observe 36 out of the 44 hummingbird species registered in the country. After lunch we’ll come back to the Lodge where we can stay photographing hummingbirds and cotingas in the gardens and trails. One of the best places on the north coast to go birding.
An awesome hotspot for wildlife observation and photography. Here we will start our day heading towards El Bambú (17 km), the experience begins here, we get into a little train used by the banana companies a couple of decades ago that cruises for 9 km through coastal plains, coconut plantations and inlets of mangroves. Once we have arrived at the visitor center we will get into a boat and journey into the water mirror trail, and the Olingos trail, through different mangrove canals. If we are lucky we can observe packs of Howler and Spider Monkeys, Tamandua anteater, Racoons, snakes, and is one of the best places in Honduras to see the elusive manatees.
Today we are going to have a blast, birding, and snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea. Located 30 km from the coastline, we find two little islands and 13 cays that confirm the Hog Cays Archipelago. Protected Marine Reserve, part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Here we can find different trails with easy to medium difficulty levels that offer any person refreshing walks in the tropical forest, sunbathing and relaxing in pristine white sand beaches. During late afternoon we drive to back to the Lodge where we will have dinner.
During the morning we'll have our breakfast while observing hummingbirds at the Lodges deck and restaurant. After this, we will start walking slowly through the main trails looking for toucans, cotingas, motmots, 16 hummingbird species, etc. There are three multi-story canopy observation towers that offer maximum wildlife observation and photography opportunities here. This tour is great for both, the avid ornithologist and the casual birder. After lunch, we'll do the Loop Trail, beginning in Tower No.1 and slowly ascending through a cacao plantation and patches of secondary forest, the trail enters Pico Bonito National Park and then loops its way back down, passing through virgin primary rain forest, which is home to important and amazing biodiversity.
Birding one of Honduras most scenic rivers during the morning. Its watershed is within the Nombre de Dios mountain range, and most of the Cangrejal River is inside and crosses two protected areas, Pico Bonito National Park and Nombre de Dios National Park. The highest peak is located only 25 km from the coast, so, this rugged geographic terrain creates many creeks and rivers that flow from the altitudes to the Caribbean coast in a few kilometers. This is why it is a great place for people that loves to do white water rafting with class II, III & IV rapids. There are also different trails that offer great birdwatching opportunities. After lunch, we transfer to the hotel near the Airport in San Pedro Sula.
After breakfast, we take you to Ramón Villeda Morales Airport for your flight back home.
Wildlife species expected to see:
Agami Heron, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Tawny-faced Quail, Gray-headed Kite, Lesser Nighthawk, Broad-billed Motmot, Keel-billed Motmot, Tody Motmot, Keel-billed Toucan, Yellow-eared Toucan, Purple-crowned Fairy, White-necked Jacobin, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, White-collared Manakin, White-vented Euphonia, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Northern Schiffornis, Gray-chested Dove, Slaty-breasted Tinamou, Little Tinamou, White Hawk, Red-lored Parrots, White-crowned Parrots, Brown-hooded Parrot, Olive-throated Parakeet, Collared Aracari, Smooth-billed Ani.
What is included?
- Double occupancy rates
- All meals beginning with lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7
- Accommodations as stated in the itinerary (or equivalent)
- Land and boat transportation during the tour
- Entrances to parks and reserves
- Guide services provided by the local tour leaders
What is not included?
- Optional tips
- Personal items
- Travel insurance
- Airport exit tax in the case that the tax is not already incorporated into the ticket price
- Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"
Feathers Eco-Birding Tours is a tour operator based in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. We offer secure custom worry-free tours led by certified experienced guides. We cater to all your needs from the moment you arrive in Honduras, so you can have a great journey on your visit to our beautiful country.
Umm, no. Parts of Honduras do have a high violent crime rate, it is true, at least for a country at peace: precisely the parts we will be staying away from, except when flying in and out. The rest of the country, and particularly the small towns and rural places we will be visiting and staying in, are characterized by a lack of crime targeting tourists, precisely the opposite of too many countries out there.
No, but it can never hurt! Our guides are fully bilingual.
Tropical weather, you will need to come prepared for the country’s range of microclimates - cool, wet cloud forests, steamy hot tropical rain forests, humid coasts, hot lowland valleys. Daytime highs can reach 90f/32c in the shade but remember that the tropical sun is very hot, so it will seem warmer. Cooler nights the temperature may go as low as the 60f/14c.
Light-weight, neutral-colored clothing that can easily be rinsed out and dried quickly is recommended for the field. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants will help protect you from insects, sunburn and thorny plants. A travel umbrella, light sweater, rain jacket, walking or hiking boots, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a bottle of water are also essential.
We have most species on our smartphones, and recording equipment for those calls no one can identify. Playback is permitted in most cases, but please bear in mind that the Ethics Code of the Honduran Ornithology Association governs our actions, particularly in the case of breeding species.
We recommend familiarizing yourself with eBird, if you are not already, and visiting hotspots and regions that are on our itinerary to get a better idea of what to expect. Beyond that, the most valuable resource could be xeno-canto, where you can download vocalizations for free.