Home > Tours> Exploring Honduras

Exploring Honduras - 13 Days

Exploring Honduras
Day 1

Day 1, Transfer to Panacam Lodge:

Pick up at San Pedro Sula airport and transfer to Panacam Lodge.

Depending on our arrival time, we well do some late-afternoon birding in the gardens of Panacam Lodge. This afternoon we have our first chance to see the regional endemic Keelbilled Motmot, also we can try for Little Tinamou, Collared and Gartered Trogons and Mayan Antrush. Violet Sabrewing and White-bellied Emerald hummingbirds are common around the feeders here.

Dinner at Panacam Lodge.

Overnight at Panacam Lodge.

Day 2, Birding Panacam Road and Lake Yojoa:

We begin the day with birding near the lodge for the handsome Prevost’s Ground-Sparrow and muted Green-backed Sparrow, the first of many endemics of northern Central America possible on this itinerary. The edges of this broadleaf rain forest lead to Embalse de Yure, one of the best spots in the area to try for Sungrebe and other water species. We will make a stop at Santa Elena, where Black headed Siskins and Grace’s Warblers are present in these tropical pine forest habitats. We will have a good chance to try for Spot-bellied Bobwhite and many other grassland species. After a full morning on Panacam Road we will go for lunch and afterwards make a visit to Finca Luna del Puente and the shore of Lake Yojoa.

Finca Luna del Puente is a secondary growth forest with cocoa, coffee and citrus plantations, and the numbers of birds in here are simply amazing. Some of the highlights include, Green Jay, Northern Potoo, Green Jay, Tody Motmot, Slate-headed Tody Flycatcher, Great Horned Owl and many more.

After 3:00 pm we will head back to the lodge and relax by birding the very active hummingbird feeders at Panacam.

Prevost ground Sparrow, Panacam Lowlands

Breakfast at Panacam.

Lunch lake-side at Las Glorias.

Dinner at Panacam.

Overnight at Panacam Lodge.

Day 3, Birding El Cajon Reservoir:

After an early breakfast, we will head for the El Cajon Reservoir area, nearer to Panacam Lodge and the Lake Yojoa area.

The target of our search, the beautiful but critically endangered Honduran Emerald, was recently discovered in this remaining area of intergrade tropical dry and pine-oak forest lying in the “rain shadow”, or southern side of the mountains here. This unique area, where cloud forested peaks and pine studded slopes give way to a more arid landscape, was once dominated by tropical thorn or dry forest. Other targets are White-necked Puffbird, Berylline Hummingbird, Spot-bellied Bobwhite, Elegant Trogon, Lesser-ground Cuckoo and Lesser Roadrunner among others.

After lunch, we’ll pack up and drive southward through a landscape of pine clad mountains to arrive at our next destination. We will make a stop along the way for lunch at a then head up to the mountains of Marcala La Paz. Depending on the activity we may be lucky enough to spot Stellers Jay, a subspecies of the North American species which don’t show the long crest as do their North American counterparts.

Honduran Emerald, at El Cajon

Breakfast at Panacam Lodge.

Lunch along the way at Restaurante Betania.

Dinner at Restaurante EL Mirador.

Overnight at La Casona.

Day 4, Birding Opatoro-Guajiquiro:

Today will be a rather full day of birding the Opatoro area. We depart at 5:30 AM for the

Opatoro-Guajiquiro highlands, which feature the highest elevation forest accessible by road in Honduras, providing opportunities to observe several northern Central America endemics that are difficult to see anywhere else within their range. High on the list of priorities will be the stunning Blue-throated Motmot, a species which occurs only in a narrow strip of mountains that stretch from southern Mexico to Honduras. Regional endemics that we will seek here include Fulvous Owl, Green-throated Mountain-gem, Black-throated Jay, Highland Guan, Black-capped Swallow, and Brown-backed Solitaire.

Other species here include; Highland guan, Buffy-crowned Wood Partridge, Resplendent Quetzal, Black-vented Oriole, Gray-breasted Woodwren, Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird, Great Swallow-tailed Swift, Northern Flicker, Black Thrush and White-faced Quail-Dove.

Blue throated Motmot, Opatoro highlands

Breakfast/Lunch in the field.

Dinner at Restaurant El Mirador.

Overnight at Hotel La Casona.

Day 5, Transfer from Opatoro-Guajiquiro to La Tigra National Park:

After another morning in the Opatoro-Guajiquiro highlands to target any species we may still be missing, we make our way around mid-morning to La Tigra National Park high above the city of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. We’ll arrive our hotel in the early afternoon, and will soon begin focusing our attention on the road leading to La Tigra National Park, a mosaic of pine forest, pastures, gardens, and cloud forest. Large and noisy family parties of Bushy-crested Jay commonly frequent this area. Yellow-backed Oriole and Flame-colored Tanager, two strikingly colored birds, often accompany them, while brushy roadside edges provide habitat for the perky Rufous-browed Wren and dapper Blue-and-white Mockingbird. Flowering bushes attract a variety of highland hummingbirds such as the near-endemic Green-breasted Mountain-gem and more widespread White-eared Hummingbird.

Rufous Browed Wren., La Tigra National Park

Breakfast at Hotel La Casona.

Lunch at Delicias del Carmen (Comayagua).

Dinner at Los Gloriales.

Overnight at Los Gloriales Inn.

Day 6, La Tigra National Park:

Established in 1980 as the first national park in Honduras, La Tigra National Park protects a large tract of cloud forest in the mountain range above the bustling capital city of Tegucigalpa. After breakfast we’ll ascend to this verdant forest cloaked in moss and blowing mist, and pursue a varied assortment of Mesoamerican specialties occur such as Singing Quail, Mountain Trogon, and Black Thrush. Forest clearings and brushy areas often feature an abundance of flowers which may attract some of the most distinctive and beautiful hummingbirds in Central America: Garnet-throated Hummingbird, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, and the incredible Winethroated Hummingbird. Finally, the spectacular Resplendent Quetzal, a bird venerated by the ancient Aztecs and Mayas due to its great beauty, also dwells in this forest. The subspecies found here is slightly larger with longer and broader ‘tail streamers’ than the one found in Costa Rica.

Wine throated Hummingbird at La Tigra National Park

Breakfast at Los Gloriales.

Lunch in the National Park.

Dinner at Los Gloriales.

Overnight at Los Gloriales Inn.

Day 7, La Tigra National Park to Olancho:

After some early morning birding near our lodge for any outstanding species, we continue our journey north to the department of Olancho where we will be in position to see one of the most poorly known birds in northern Central America, the Ocellated Quail.

We’ll arrive our hotel in La Union in late afternoon, and will bird along the way, looking out for species such as; White-tailed Hawk, White-breasted Hawk, Double-striped Thick-knee, Canivet’s Emerald, Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush, Lesser Roadrunner and more.

Lesser Roadrunner at La Union Olancho

Breakfast at Los Gloriales.

Lunch at Restaurant Menonitas, Guaymaca .

Dinner in town.

Overnight at La Muralla Hotel.

Day 8, Birding Olancho and La Muralla:

Since the discovery of a large population in 2008 near La Union, the rare and highly sought after Ocellated Quail is now perhaps easier to see in Honduras than anywhere else within its limited range. We will focus our time here into obtaining decent views of this shy inhabitant of pineoak woodland, searching proven sites where this species is most often recorded. With a bit of luck and skill, we stand a good chance of seeing this holy-grail bird. If we manage to see the quail well, we will move on to explore the nearby cloud forests of La Muralla National park for species such as Lovely Cotinga, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Unicolored Jay, and the ‘red-throated’ subspecies of Green Parakeet.

Ocellated Quail, La Muralla Olancho

Breakfast and lunch in the field.

Dinner in town.

Overnight at La Muralla Hotel.

Day 9, La Muralla National Park:

Today we’ll make an early departure and if needed, descend the mountains first for more looks at Ocellated Quail. Otherwise, we’ll head straight for La Muralla National Park’s transitional and cloud forest habitats.

La Muralla has a trails system that leads through the pristine rainforests providing some of the best chances for Mesoamerican targets such as; Unicolored Jay, Black throated Jay, Bicolored Hawk, and King Vulture. Mixed flocks of birds move among the lower sub-canopy and often include; Red Capped Manakin, Slaty Antwren, Plain brown Woodcreeper, Mayan Anthrush, Stub tailed Spadebill, Plain Antvireo, Northern Nightingale Wren and many more!

Walking slowly through these mountains could give us chances to encounter some mammals as this is home for great diversity of species including Jaguarundis, Pumas and Jaguars. Monkeys are often seen near the visitor’s center, gorgeous, rainbow-hued Spiny Lizards are often seen on snags on the edge on main road.

Mayan Anthrush at La Muralla

Breakfast and Lunch in the field.

Dinner in town.

Overnight at La Muralla Hotel.

Day 10, Transfer to Indura and the Caribbean Coast:

Today we’ll make an early departure from our hotel in Olancho, towards the Caribbean beach town of Tela where our next lodge is based. We should arrive in time for lunch and can spend the remainder of the afternoon relaxing and/or doing some light birding around the grounds and gardens of this luxurious resort.

Breakfast in town.

Lunch along the way in Saba.

Dinner at Indura.

Overnight at Indura Lodge.

Day 11, Birding Lancetilla Botanical Gardens:

Our first day at Indura will begin at 6:00 AM, with an early breakfast and a short drive to Lancetilla, just 10 minutes away. For the next several hours our guide will lead us throughout the gardens, spotting numerous bird species that are common in the early hours. Birding on the edge of the broad, flat entrance road will offer a great diversity of species.

Throughout the morning we will bird areas of tropical, secondary and gallery forest and plantation areas along the Lancetilla River, Along this route, diversity is the rule and examples of sightings include: Masked and Black-crowned Tityra, Blue crowned and Turquoise-browed Motmot, Tody Motmot, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari, Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Blackcowled Oriole, Black-headed, Gartered, Collared and Slaty-tailed Trogon, Royal Flycatcher, Green, Shining and Red-Legged Honeycreeper, several species of Hummingbird including Crowned Woodnymph, Blue-throated Goldentail, Violet Sabrewing, Purple-crowned Fairy, Stripe-tailed Hummingbird, Brown Violet-ear, Green Violet-ear and White-necked Jacobin.

We will have lunch in one of the restaurants located on the edges of the beach around Tela, In the afternoon we’ll return to the arboretum in Lancetilla, where we learn about the 100 year history of the gardens while birding these beautiful, lowland tropical surroundings. Usual encounters here are Black-headed Trogon, Band backed Wrens, Northern barred Woodcreeper, and Sepia capped Flycatcher, Bat Falcon among others.

Bat Falcon at Lancetilla Gardens

Breakfast at Indura.

Lunch at Cesar Mariscos.

Dinner at Indura.

Overnight at Indura Lodge.

Day 12, Birding Laguna de Los Micos:

After breakfast we’ll depart for Jeanette Kawas National Park and a day of birding by boat of Laguna Los Micos. Laguna Los Micos Wildlife Refuge holds many canals, mangroves and small islands which serve as a refuge for abundant flora and fauna, including over 200 species of tropical birds. This area is one of the main attractions of Jeannette Kawas National Park, and its home to one of the most typical Garifuna villages in Honduras, Miami, where fishermen still ply the sea in dugout canoes and fish with cast nets. Some of our targets include the American Pygmy Kingfisher, Agami Heron, Sungrebe, Bare throated tiger Heron, Gray-headed Kite and many more.

After all morning among the mangroves we return to Indura for lunch. Late in the afternoon we will spend time birding around the gardens and forests of Indura.

American Pygmy Kingfisher at Los Micos

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Indura.

Overnight at Indura Lodge.

Day 13, Birding the grounds of Indura, and transfer to San Pedro Airport:

For groups of 4 guests and under, tour leader is asked to cover meals and expenses which total $450.00 USD. For groups of over 4 guests, tour leader is comped and this cost is waived.

Included for the duration of this itinerary are the following:

In-country accommodations, transfers, tours, meals, guiding and entrance fees. Not included are alcoholic beverages, gifts shop, laundry, and similar items of a personal nature.

*For this itinerary our international arrival/departure airport in Honduras will be San Pedro Sula.


Write a Review

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your review has been recorded. It will appear after admin approves it.

Please fill all the fields.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

13 Days

Price & Availability

From 3,200
USD3,000 / per person
This tour is operated by: Honduran Birds

Quick Enquiry Form

Tour Facts