Honduras Highlands to the Lowlands Birding Tour
The tour includes 11 nights of accommodations in double occupancy rooms, all meals, professional guide, transportation to places visited, and entrance fees to Archeological Parks and Nature Areas.
Trip price does not include tips, alcoholic beverages, airport taxes, insurance, and other incidentals.
Honduras is the second-largest country in Central America and is in the central part of Mesoamerica. Its neighbours include Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. Eighty-three per cent of Honduras is mountainous, with its highest point being 2,849 meters above sea level (9,000 feet). 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.
The country is located in an ecological division with elements of North America and the southern part of Central America creating a large fusion and a natural paradise.
Alternative Tour Name: Birding Honduras from the highlands to the lowlands
Arrive at Tegucigalpa airport and travel to El Picacho Suites & Hotel, or Gloriales Hotel. After check-in, we will travel to El Hatillo, the entrance to La Tigra National Park, to start our birding adventure.
We will head out early, around 5:00 am, and walk to an elevation of 2,000 meters (6,000 feet) above sea level. La Tigra was the first national park established in Honduras. It is the best location to observe the Black-throated Jay and Singing Quail. This park is also a great place to see the almost endemic Green-breasted Mountain-Gem and the mysterious Resplendent Quetzal. We can also find a variety of hummingbirds like: the Wine-throated Hummingbird.
We will return to El Hatillo and La Tigra National Park and will visit the tourist center. After a few hours of birdwatching we will travel to Marcala, eating lunch on the way in Comayagua. We will arrive in Marcala, check in at the hotel and have some time to view birds around its perimeter.
Once again, we will head out early, and travel through beautiful countryside where some of the best coffee in Honduras is grown; to one of the highest points in the country; 6,000 feet (2,000 meters.) above sea level. We can look for Blue-throated Mot-mot, Fulvous Owl, Brown backed Solitaire, etc.
We will eat breakfast early to have time to walk around the areas surrounding the hotel. Afterwards we will leave for Lake Yojoa where we will continue our birdwatching.
After an early breakfast we start birding, in search of the Little Tinamou, Gray-Chested Dove, Long-billed Hermit, Black Crested Coquette, Collared Trogon, Black-faced Antthrush, White-throated-Thrush, Short Billed Pigeon, Keel-billed Motmot; which you have the best chance of seeing here in this national park.
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; as more than 22 species have been seen here. 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.
Before leaving for the airport there will probably be time to observe birds around the Hotel. It will all depend on what time flights leave.
On this adventure we will be traveling to variety of ecosystems and hope to find the following species: Highland Guan, Turquoise-browed , Motmot, Blue- crown Motmot, Keel-billed Motmot, Tody Motmot, White-throated Magpie-Jay, Bushy Crested Jay, Mexican Antthrush, Ruddy Crake, Tiger heron, Laughing Falcon, Snail Kite, Purple Gallinule, Gartered Trogon, Elegant Trogon, Squirrel Cuckoo, Amazon Kingfisher, Short-billed Pigeon, Green Parakeet, Red-lored Parrot, Mottled Owl, White-necked Jacobin, Black-crested Coquette, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Green-breasted Mountain-Gem, Honduran Emerald (endemic of Honduras), Resplendent Quetzal, Lovely Cotinga, Elegant Euphonia, etc
What is included?
- 11 nights of accommodations in double occupancy rooms
- All meals
- Professional guide
- Transportation to places visited
- And entrance fees to Archeological Parks and Nature Areas
What is not included?
- Internation flight tickets
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Airport taxes
- And other incidentals