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Honduras Birds Easy-Going Tour - 8 Days

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Honduras Birds Easy-Going Tour
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Laid-Back Birding in Honduras Tour

This Easy-going Honduras Birds Tour is tailored for people who love nature and birds, but not long hours of hiking or difficult trails. You will experience natural Honduras in easily accessible places, from decks, from boats, or from the bus. While the trip will not be physically demanding, it will take you to many different places, visit many different habitats, and see lots of different bird species, plants and other animals.

There will be some minor walking here and there, and sometimes there may be several options you can choose from, depending on your interests and on how to fit our tired you feel. Please bear in mind that, while the tour is not physically demanding, Honduras is not a “disabled friendly” country, in the sense that you cannot expect ramps or elevators or special wheelchair-accessible features.

This trip is perfect if you want to explore the country's birds, nature and culture without exerting yourself too much, but you should be able to do some minimal walking. Should you have any questions or doubts about the feasibility of this trip for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us; we will be happy to give you all the information you could possibly need to help you decide and give you a wonderful experience.

Tour Overview

  • Day 1 - Pickup Tegucigalpa airport and transfer to Marcala
  • Day 2 - Birding and nature in the Opatoro and Guajiquiro highlands
  • Day 3 - Transfer to Lake Yojoa with a stop at El Consejero hummingbird garden in La Esperanza
  • Day 4 - Birding on Lake Yojoa and the canal
  • Day 5 - Transfer to Pico Bonito and birding in the gardens
  • Day 6 - Birding in Cuero y Salado mangroves
  • Day 7 - Birding on Guanaja
  • Day 8 - Transfer to San Pedro Sula airport

Refer to the itinerary tab for more details per day.

If you are keen to focus on photographing birds in the wild? Why not try the Hummingbird Photography Tour?

Alternative Tour Name: “Nice and easy” Birding in Honduras
Day 1
Day 1 - Pickup Tegucigalpa airport and transfer to Marcala

After picking you up at the international airport of Tegucigalpa, Honduras’ capital, we drive to Marcala, a small city in the central highlands of the La Paz department. We stay in a hotel near the city, surrounded by pine and mixed broadleaf forest. Depending on your time of arrival, there may still be a little bit of daylight left to go and explore the hotel grounds and look for your first birds in Honduras, such as Black-vented Oriole, Red Crossbill, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Whiskered Screech-Owl, Common Black Hawk, Ruddy Crake, Blue-crowned Motmot, Eastern Meadowlark, Great Horned Owl, Fulvous Owl and many more.

Or, if you feel tired after a long day of traveling, there is also the option of staying in the hotel for relaxation, meditation and yoga on the beautiful grounds of our hotel.

Day 2
Day 2 - Birding and nature in the Opatoro and Guajiquiro highlands

Today we spend all day in the Opatoro and Guajiquiro highlands in central Honduras. We drive through patches of farmland, coffee plantations, pine-oak forest and cloud forest, making many stops along the way in search of some northern Central-American bird specialties such as the Blue-throated Motmot, Rufous-collared Thrush, Flame-colored Tanager, Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird, Highland Guan or Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer.

We take a field breakfast with us, and on the way, we will visit a local family that will prepare us a simple but delicious lunch based on local ingredients. This is a nice chance to see how they live, talk about how ecotourism could influence their lives, learn about the use of local plants and other ingredients, observe (or try!) traditional cooking, and basically have a wonderful time with these warm and welcoming people. After completing our trip in the afternoon, we head back to Marcala for dinner.

Day 3
Day 3 - Transfer to Lake Yojoa with a stop at El Consejero hummingbird garden in La Esperanza

We leave very early for the Lake Yojoa area, home to the biggest variety of bird species in Honduras. Along the way, we stop at the El Consejero private reserve near La Esperanza. In cooperation with the owners of the reserve, we have created a hummingbird garden here that attracts many highland hummers such as Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Magnificent Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird (during migration), White-eared Hummingbird, Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird etc. It also a good place to see Bushy-crested and Steller’s Jays and several other higher altitude species. The hummingbird garden is a project that Beaks and Peaks supports to help the family gain some extra income and to encourage them to keep protecting the property that has in the meantime been recognized by the government as a private reserve!

We have lunch at a restaurant on the Lake which offers splendid view over the lake and the surrounding wetlands and marshes. Over here, we have the opportunity to spot waterbirds such as Pied-billed Grebes, Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Bare-throated Tiger-Herons, Ringed Kingfishers, Snail Kites, Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures and so on.

After lunch we drive up to our hotel PANACAM Lodge. Once we are settled, we have time for afternoon birding around the Lodge in search for the Black-crested Coquette, Barred Forest-Falcon, Collared Araçari, Keel-billed Motmot, Blue-crowned Motmot, Masked Tityra, Crimson- collared Tanager, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, White-throated Thrush, Long-billed Hermit, Violet Sabrewing and more.

Day 4
Day 4 - Birding on Lake Yojoa and the canal

Early in the morning, we head down to the lake, where we board the little rowboats the local fishermen use to take us out on the canal and the lake. This is a great way to explore the wetlands around the lake and look for Pinnated Bitterns, Bare-throated Tiger-Herons, Black-crowned Tityras, Green-backed Sparrows, Rufous-breasted Spinetails, Least Grebes, Tanagers, Warblers, White-tailed Kites, Snail Kites, Ospreys, Gray-necked Wood-Rails and many more. Also, the boatmen will be happy to explain you everything about life along the lake or tell you all the legends and stories that circulate about the life IN the lake!

After lunch, we head to the southern tip of the lake, an area known as La Ensenada or Pito Solo. We follow a road that is bordered with tall trees that attract many warblers and other small birds. Behind the line of trees are the wetlands and the lake, where we can find Tricolored Heron, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, and if we are very lucky maybe even Masked Duck or Spotted Rail.

Lake Yojoa and the surrounding area are recognized by the United Nations as a RAMSAR site. That means that in theory, the wetlands that we are visiting today are of international importance and should be protected and conserved. According to the UN, this area contains a total of 13 wetland types and unique ecosystems for Honduras, such as evergreen low mountain forest and the highest karst mountain in Central America. Among the most notable species are two endemic salamanders as well as a giant anteater. All three are threatened species. The site also hosts 169 fern species, 71 aquatic and emergent plants (that is over 85% of the national total!), and 29 freshwater fish species. The area is also home to about 500 species of birds, over two thirds of Honduras total bird list!

We hope that thanks to the increasing interest from the government in birdwatching as a tourism segment, and by bringing more and more environmentally minded visitors to the area (and maybe even try to have some of the local instances responsible for the protection of the lake join us for a while), we can renew attention for this unique but highly vulnerable site, and encourage our institutions to take more action.

Day 5
Day 5 - Transfer to Pico Bonito and birding in the gardens

Today takes us to Honduras’ north coast, and more specifically to Pico Bonito and the Hummingbird Paradise of Rio Santiago. Flowering plants and dozens of feeders around the restaurant area of Rio Santiago attract hundreds of hummingbirds. More than 20 different hummingbird species have been recorded here, including White-necked Jacobin, Brown Violet-Ear, Crowned Woodnymph, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Stripe-throated Hermit, Long-billed Hermit, Black-crested Coquette etcetera!

For those who can tear themselves away from the friendly lounge, we will offer an optional walk on a forest trail to get a different feeling of the rainforest, and encounter more interesting birds such as Black-throated or Slaty-tailed Trogon, Orange-billed Sparrow, Keel-billed Motmot, Red-capped Manakin, White-vented Euphonia, Keel-billed Toucan and many more.

Day 6
Day 6 - Birding in Cuero y Salado mangroves

Another day of birding and nature viewing from a boat, this time in the beautiful mangroves of Cuero y Salado.

The area was once part of the farming grounds of the Standard Fruit Company in Honduras and contained a large coconut plantation, plus various other fruit trees. It was declared a wildlife reserve in the mid 1980s, mostly to protect the endangered Manatee population, but also the rapidly declining red mangrove (which was used for tanning leather). It has since become a safe haven not only for the (rarely seen) Manatees, but also for many other wildlife species. And it is an important stop for a lot of migratory birds!

In the heydays of the Standard Fruit Company, railroads were the only regular and reliable means of transportation on the Honduran north coast. Today, railroads have disappeared from Honduras. That is, all but one, because the only remainder of the national railway system—and the only way to access the Cuero y Salado refuge—is in an old “banana train” that dates to those days.

When we reach the visitors’ center in the small community of Salado Barra, we board a “lancha” that will take us onto the rivers and canals through the mangroves in search of tropical estuarian wildlife. One of the prettiest herons on earth – the Agami Heron – and the tiny American Pygmy Kingfisher might be seen here today. Add to that White-necked Puffbirds, Boat-billed Herons, Sungrebes and Caimans, Iguanas, Howler Monkeys, Spider Monkeys, Capuchins and even an occasional Manatee (depending on the season) and you will understand that this is an incredibly rich area for any bird and nature lover.

After a delicious lunch of the “catch of the day” prepared by local families living in the reserve, we head to the airport of La Ceiba where we take the afternoon flight to Guanaja, the Green island of the Caribbean.

Day 7
Day 7 - Birding on Guanaja

What better than spotting some of the specialty birds of the Honduran Caribbean from your lazy chair or hammock, against the backdrop of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and waving palm trees?

Guanaja is your dream island getaway, and it offers great birding too! Here, you will see birds that you cannot ever get on the Honduran mainland: Yucatan Woodpeckers, Canivet’s Emerald, Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, Yucatan Vireo, Yellow-naped Parrot, White-crowned Pigeon. During migration Guanaja is an important stopover. That means that in that period, a whole series of interesting warblers, flycatchers, and shorebirds can be seen here. It is also one of the locations in Honduras where various new country records have been documented in recent years! And there are of course plenty of iguanas, smaller lizards and other wildlife to thrill the nature lover.

When our tummies start to grumble, we go for a succulent lunch. Our recommendation is obviously freshly caught fish (are we on a Caribbean island or what?) but there are also several other options to choose from. This is life: great food in a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere. Enjoy!

After a relaxed day of birding and Caribbean vibe, we head back to the mainland on the afternoon flight. When we reach our hotel for the night, we enjoy our final dinner together. We hope that you enjoyed the trip, saw many beautiful birds, experienced natural Honduras, and had a great time. You will have exhilarating stories to tell back home.

Day 8
Day 8 - Transfer to San Pedro Sula airport

We will bring you to San Pedro Sula airport in time for your flight.

Some top species we are likely to see on this Easy-going Honduras Birds tour: Blue-throated Motmot, Rufous-collared Robin, Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird, Highland Guan, Rivoli’s Hummingbird, Black-vented Oriole, Crimson-collared Tanager, Yellow-breasted Crake, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Snail Kite, Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Spot-breasted Oriole White-necked Jacobin, Yellow-throated Euphonia, Crowned Woodnymph, Green Honeycreeper, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Stripe-throated Hermit, Black-crested Coquette, Agami Heron, White-crowned Parrot, American Pygmy Kingfisher, White-necked Puffbird, Boat-billed Heron, Sungrebe, Yucatan Woodpecker, Canivet’s Emerald, Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, Yucatan Vireo, Yellow-naped Parrot, White-crowned Pigeon…

We may also see Crocodiles, Iguanas, Golden-mantled Howler Monkeys, Spider Monkeys, White-faced Capuchins…

What is included?

  • 7 hotel nights in double occupancy (for a single room, a 300USD single supplement applies)
  • 3 meals per day starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with breakfast on day 8 including non-alcoholic beverages
  • In-country transportation throughout the tour in private van/bus and return flight La Ceiba <> Guanaja
  • All guiding fees: 1 bilingual Beaks and Peaks specialist guide throughout the tour, local guides
  • All entrance fees to the parks and reserves mentioned
  • All activities as described
  • Taxes

What is not included?

  • Airfare to/from Honduras
  • Travel Insurence
  • Tips
  • Exit/departure tax (usually included in your airfare)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Additional snacks, souvenirs, laundry, and other personal purchases.

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Why book with Beaks and Peaks?

Beaks and Peaks offers high-quality, personalized tours for small group to some of the top birding and wildlife destinations in the world. Everything you would expect from the big names in birdwatching tourism, but on a smaller scale, and therefore closer to the birds, the people, and to you! We are also aware of the importance of transparency, so before you book a tour, we will make sure you have all the information you need or want. Detailed tour itineraries, prices (with clear mention of what is included or excluded), practical information etc. And should you still have questions, then we will be more than happy to help you out. Our goal is to give you the best possible experience. Responsible travel is key at Beaks and Peaks, so we work to reduce our footprint on both the environment and the communities we visit, for example by preferring reusable materials, respecting distances to wildlife, limit use of recordings, flashlights and pointers, and educating both locals and visitors about the importance of conservation and sustainable development.

What sort of accommodation do we stay at?

Throughout the tour, we stay in the best hotels and lodges available in the area. We would, however, want to ask you to bear in mind that you are traveling in a developing country and to sometimes remote natural areas, which comes with both its own charm but also its own challenges: Comfort may not be what you are used to at home, there will be sounds and creatures of the jungle, wifi and electricity may not be as readily available as in your home country. During the Easy-going Honduras Birds Tour, accommodation in Marcala will be basic, around Lake Yojoa comfortable and on the north coast comfortable to luxurious.

What kind of vehicles do you supply?

The vehicles we will travel in ultimately depend on the size of the group, be it a private car or a private van with an experienced driver, with ample space for each passenger, his or her birding/photography gear and luggage.

What forms of travel are involved in this tour? o Internal flights, for example, or boats/ferries

On mainland Honduras, we will travel by private car or van. To get to Guanaja (on of the so-called Bay Islands in the Caribbean Sea), we will take a small plane (about 24 passengers). In the mangroves of Cuero y Salado we will bird from a motorboat and on Lake Yojoa from row boats.

What are your group sizes?

Our tours and prices are based on a minimum of 4 participants. For the Easy-going Honduras Birds tour, the maximum number of participants is limited to 6 so that we can not only get everyone on all the birds, but also give extra support - if needed - with walking, getting in and out of vehicles etc.

Do you arrange airport pick up/drop off?

Yes, we pick you up at Tegucigalpa international airport upon arrival of your flight and will drop you off again at San Pedro Sula international airport in time for your departure.

Do you include internal flight/ferry costs?

Yes, all in-country transportation is included in the tour price.

Do you ever change the tour leader or itinerary? If so, what sort of notice do you give?

We do not usually change the tour leader, but if it is absolutely necessary, for example because of illness, force majeure or the like, we will inform you as soon as possible. The same goes for changes to the itinerary. We intend to always stick to the itinerary we have agreed upon, but if we receive information on issues such as road closures, natural disasters, safety concerns etc. we will opt for an alternative route to ensure a safe, orderly and pleasant continuation of your trip. Again, we will inform you of any changes as soon as such a situation should arise.

Do you offer a single supplement option? Can you accommodate a third person/family?

Yes, for the Easy-going Honduras Birds Tour, a single supplement of 310USD applies in case you want a single room. We can usually accommodate three-person or family rooms, but please do contact us to check options, availability and prices.

Do you include meals?

Yes, all meals starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with breakfast on Day 8 are included, along with water, soft drinks and natural juices. Alcoholic beverages are not included.

When is the best time to travel?

The best time to travel to Honduras - for birding - is October to mid-May. Within that time frame, the driest months are February to mid-May. In the wet season, it will likely rain late afternoon. That does not, however, mean that birding is bad. On the contrary, since everything is green, fruiting and flowering, the birds are usually active. But you may need a rain jacket.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this trip/tour/safari?

This Easy-going Honduras Birds Tour is tailored for people who love nature and birds, but not long hours of hiking or difficult trails. You will experience natural Honduras in easily accessible places, from decks, from boats, or from the bus. While the trip will not be physically demanding, it will take you to many different places, visit many different habitats, and see lots of different birds, plants and other animals. There will be some minor walking here and there, and sometimes there may be several options you can choose from, depending on your interests and on how to fit our tired you feel. Please bear in mind that, while the tour is not physically demanding, Honduras is not a “disabled friendly” country, in the sense that you cannot expect ramps or elevators or special wheelchair-accessible features. This trip is perfect if you want to explore the nature and culture of Honduras without exerting yourself too much, but you should be able to do some minimal walking. Should you have any questions or doubts about the feasibility of this trip for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us; we will be happy to give you all the information you could possibly need to help you decide and give you a wonderful experience.

Would this trip/tour/safari be appropriate for someone with limited mobility?

This Easy-going Honduras Birds Tour is tailored for people who love nature and birds, but not long hours of hiking or difficult trails. You will experience natural Honduras in easily accessible places, from decks, from boats, or from the bus. While the trip will not be physically demanding, it will take you to many different places, visit many different habitats, and see lots of different birds, plants and other animals. There will be some minor walking here and there, and sometimes there may be several options you can choose from, depending on your interests and on how to fit our tired you feel. Please bear in mind that, while the tour is not physically demanding, Honduras is not a “disabled friendly” country, in the sense that you cannot expect ramps or elevators or special wheelchair-accessible features. This trip is perfect if you want to explore the nature and culture of Honduras without exerting yourself too much, but you should be able to do some minimal walking. Should you have any questions or doubts about the feasibility of this trip for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us; we will be happy to give you all the information you could possibly need to help you decide and give you a wonderful experience.

Do you have any age or other restrictions to join this trip/tour/safari?

No. Apart from a certain level as fitness (see FAQ n° 12 and 13), we put no restrictions on who can join the Easy-going Honduras Birds Tour. Everyone is absolutely welcome, independent of age, gender, skin color, sexual orientation, political orientation, religion etc. We treat everyone respectfully and expect the same from anyone who travels with us.

What will be the level of phone signal, WiFi access and electricity supply during this tour?

During this Easy-going Honduras Birds Tour, there will be basic WiFi in all hotels, though only in the public spaces such as restaurant or reception, not in your room. It should be sufficient to check social media, send e-mails and even make a voice call. Do not expect the same speed as in the US or Europe though. Uploading photos may take a while or not work at all, and streaming videos will likely not work. There will be no phone signal in our hotel at Lake Yojoa nor on the north coast. All hotels have electricity 24 hours. However, power outages are not uncommon in Honduras, so there is always a possibility that electricity is gone for a few hours. Outlets and plugs in Honduras are the same shape as in the United States.

How do you support local communities during this tour?

We always make a point of buying locally, staying in locally run hotels, hiring local guides etc. No international hotel or restaurant chains, but Honduran based and Honduran run businesses. That way, everything you pay for this tour stays in the country and in the communities we visit. And it creates an opportunity to learn a little more about the country apart from its birds too.

Can you book accommodation for us prior to the start of tour?

Yes, of course, just send us an e-mail mentioning what you need and when, and we will make you a suggestion. We can book for you if you want us to.

Do you provide travel and/or medical insurance (incl. repatriation)?

No, we do not provide any insurance, and strongly recommend you obtain travel and/or medical and/or health insurance in your home country. It is also a good idea to provide us with a phone number and e-mail address of your insurer and your polis number to speed things up in case we need to contact them urgently for you while on the trip.

Is this trip/tour/safari really for me? Is this trip/tour/safari suitable for children?

Apart from a certain level as fitness (see FAQ n° 12 and 13), we put no restrictions on who can join this Easy-going Honduras Birds Tour. Everyone is absolutely welcome, independent of age, gender, skin color, sexual orientation, political orientation, religion etc. We treat everyone respectfully and expect the same from anyone who travels with us. Do bear in mind that you are traveling to sometimes remote natural areas, which comes with both its own charm but also its own challenges: Comfort may not be what you are used to at home, there will be sounds and creatures of the jungle, wifi and electricity may not be as readily available as in your home country.

How do I pay, and what are the terms, for this tour?

You can book and pay for this Easy-going Honduras Birds Tour through Bluesky Wildlife. It is also possible to book it directly through Beaks and Peaks, in which case your payment will be processed through the secure platform WeTravel. Please consult our Terms and Conditions (https://www.beaksandpeaks.com/terms-and-conditions) for detailed information about payment methods and terms.

What happens if I need to change my tour?

Contact us as soon as possible about the changes you want or need to make so we can figure out if and how we can accommodate you. For detailed information about cancellations and refunds, please consult our Terms and Conditions (https://www.beaksandpeaks.com/terms-and-conditions).

What happens if I have to cancel my tour?

Please consult our Terms and Conditions ((https://www.beaksandpeaks.com/terms-and-conditions) for detailed information about cancellations and refunds.

What happens if your company closes down?

Please consult our Terms and Conditions ((https://www.beaksandpeaks.com/terms-and-conditions) for detailed information about cancellations and refunds.

What should I pack for this tour?

In addition to your regular packing list of clothes and toiletries, don’t forget the following items: light shirts with long sleeves; light long trousers; sweater; raincoat; sun hat or cap; waterproof footwear with good grip; insect repellent; sunscreen; plenty of your personal medicine and products for personal hygiene for the entire tip; camera; binoculars; day pack.

Do I need to bring my own food and drink during the day?

We provide potable water throughout the tour (remember that tap water is not for drinking use!) but it is a good idea to bring your own refillable bottle or camel bag (it helps us keep plastic waste down). We provide all meals throughout the tour, whether as box meals or in hotels/restaurants. It is a good idea to bring a small day pack to carry some of your personal items (your water bottle, maybe some snacks, medicine, guide book, rain jacket etc.) during the walks.

Can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes, we can, if we know well in advance. Please inform us of any dietary needs upon booking.

Should we bring credit cards and/or cash?

Yes, always bring some cash in local currency (Honduran Lempira) or US dollars (which you can exchange upon arrival at the airport), and a credit card. In theory, the tour includes everything you need, but you might want to buy a souvenir or some extra snacks or a drink. Alcoholic beverages, personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, phone calls etc. are not included in the tour. Neither are tips or gratuities for guides and other service providers.

Can you recommend any articles and/or books to read before this tour?

For the Easy-going Honduras Birds Tour, we can recommend the following books and apps: Books: Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Northern Central America by J. Fagan & O. Komar (also available as eBook / pdf) Guide to the Birds of Honduras by R. Gallardo (English and Spanish versions available) Birds of Central America by A. C. Vallely and D. Dale Apps: Merlin by Cornell Lab of Ornithology (download Honduras package)

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Tour Facts

  • Honduras
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • On Request
  • Birds
  • 4 to 6 pax
  • 8 days, 7 nights
  • October to mid-May
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English, Spanish, Dutch, German, French
  • Tegucigalpa: Toncontín international airport
  • San Pedro Sula: Ramón Villeda Morales international airport
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