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Enchanted South & Central Highlands - 11 Days

Enchanted South & Central Highlands
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This eleven-day adventure starts in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, then we drive south to the Gulf of Fonseca area.

The Enchanted South is very rich in popular folklore and offers excellent opportunities for bird and nature observation and photography. The Pacific Coast has mangroves, shrimp farms, salineras and seasonal lagoons that are great for Neotropical migratory birds. Amapala or Isla del Tigre is an extinct volcano, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. The Golfo de Fonseca offers the best sunsets in Honduras and the best black-golden beaches made of volcanic rock and sand.

This route includes also the environs of Tegucigalpa, the Capital City of Honduras. We will visit the clouded forest of La Tigra, the first national park of the country (ext. 24,040 Ha) with its highest peak at 2,250 masl; La Tigra produces over 40 percent of the freshwater for Tegucigalpa and several surrounding communities.

We will travel the Mining Circuit of Santa Lucía, Valle de Angeles, San Juancito and Cantarranas, small Spanish colonial picturesque mining villages, known not only because of their scenic environs but also for their beautiful variety of wood-carved chests, handcrafted leather bags and purses, organic coffee and premium handmade tobaccos, combined with fine restaurants that offer local and international dishes. Montaña de Izopo is located southward of Tegucigalpa, it has a great highland pine-oak forest, mixed forest and dry forest on the edges that host interesting birds of different altitudes and ecosystems.

Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival and hotel transfer

You will arrive at Toncontin Airport in Tegucigalpa. Then we will drive south towards the city of Choluteca.

Overnight: Hotel Gualiqueme

Day 2
Day 2 - El Jicarito & La Berbería

We'll drive very early to our first location, the wetlands of La Berbería, one of the best hotspots for waterfowl observation in Honduras. Later, go birding at El Jicarito Wildlife Refuge. Late afternoon transfer to hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Gualiqueme.

Day 3
Day 3 - Santa Rosa & Cerro Guanacaure

Early drive to the community of Santa Ana de Yusguare. Here we'll go birding in an experimental forestry farm with several interesting wildlife to observe. In the afternoon we'll go birding at Cerro Guanacaure looking for the awesome Long-tailed Manakin. Late afternoon we transfer to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Gualiqueme.

Day 4
Day 4 - San Lorenzo Bay & Amapala

Morning boat ride through the mangrove canals of the San Lorenzo Bay area, an important Ramsar site. Later on, we'll visit the port city of Amapala, also known as Tiger Island, located at the base of an extinct volcano. After lunch, we will visit Salinera La Ostia, a great place to observe Mangrove Rail, Mangrove Swallow, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Mangrove Vireo, and many others.

Overnight: Hotel Gualiqueme.

Day 5
Day 5 - Salineras Santa Alejandra

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we drive to Salinera Santa Alejandra to observe birds. On our way to Tegucigalpa, we'll have lunch at El Ocotal Restaurant. In the afternoon we will go birding at El Picacho for a couple of hours before heading to our hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Casa Xochicalco.

Day 6
Day 6 - La Tigra National Park (all day)

Early drive to La Tigra National Park, we'll start birding on the road, visitors center, then hike our way up through the Real de Minas Trail, until we reach the site of Rancho Quemado and then come back down through La Esperanza Trail looking for Quetzales, Mountain Trogon, Singing Quail, Rufous-naped Wrens, Green-breasted Mountain-Gem, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, etc.

Overnight: Hotel Casa Xochicalco.

Day 7
Day 7 - Colonial Mining Circuit

We will travel the Mining Circuit of Santa Lucía, Valle de Angeles, San Juancito and Cantarranas, small Spanish colonial picturesque mining villages, known not only because of their scenic environs but also for their beautiful variety of wood-carved chests, handcrafted leather bags and purses, organic coffee and premium handmade tobaccos, combined with fine restaurants that offer local and international dishes. There are many birds on this route as well, such as Bushy-crested Jay, Black-banded Woodcreeper, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Swallow-tailed Kite, Flame-colored Tanager, etc.

Overnight: Hotel Casa Xochicalco.

Day 8
Day 8 - Montaña de Izopo & Laguna La Trinidad

Day 9
Day 9 - Uyuca Biological Reserve & Yeguare Valley Birding

We'll go birding in Uyuca Biological reserve during the first hours of the morning. Then continue towards the Yeguare Valley to go birdwatching inside the Zamorano University Eco-Trail. Late afternoon transfer to our hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Casa Xochicalco.

Day 10
Day 10 - La Tigra National Park

Today we'll visit La Tigra National Park again and visit different trails to try and observe the target birds that we might be missing.

Overnight: Hotel Casa Xochicalco.

Day 11
Day 11 - Airport Transfer & Departure

After breakfast, we take you to Toncontin International Airport for your flight back home.

Enchanted South: Long-tailed Manakin, Scarlet Macaw, Pacific Parakeet, Carolina Wren, Mangrove Rail, Sora, Jabiru, Double Stripe Thick-knee, Merlin, Pearl Kite, Wilson’s Snipe, Ruddy-breasted Seedeater, Mangrove Cuckoo, Harris Hawk, Mangrove Yellow Warbler, Roseate Spoonbill, Pelicans, and Fragatas.

Central Highlands: Resplendent Quetzal, Rufous-browed Wren, Green-breasted Mountain Gem, Fulvous Owl, Wine-throated Hummingbird, Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Mountain Trogon, Black Thrush, Scaled Antpitta, Bushy-crested Jay, Ruddy-capped Nightingale-Thrush, Black Hawk-Eagle, Singing Quail, Central American Agouti, snakes, and much more wildlife.

What is included?

  • Double occupancy rates
  • All meals beginning with lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 11
  • 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?

  • Airfare
  • Optional tips
  • Personal items
  • Alcohol
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport exit tax in the case that the tax is not already incorporated into the ticket price

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Why book with Feathers Eco-Birding Tours?

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. We promote bird-based tourism in an effort to simultaneously achieve biodiversity conservation and local community development.

But isn’t Honduras the most dangerous country in the world?

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.

Do I need to know Spanish?

No, but it can never hurt! Our guides are fully bilingual.

What will the weather be like?

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 pacific coast, 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.

What clothing and accessories to bring?

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, thorny plants and sunburn. A travel umbrella, light sweater, rain jacket, walking or hiking boots, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and a bottle of water are also essential.

Recordings and Playback?

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.

Any suggested websites?

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.

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Tour Facts

  • Honduras
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 6 to 10 pax
  • 11 days
  • October to January
  • Toncontin International Airport - Tegucigalpa (TGU)
  • Toncontin International Airport - Tegucigalpa (TGU)