Birdwatching in the Lake Yojoa Surroundings
This is a 6 nights and 7 days tour in the Lake Yojoa surroundings.
This is Honduras biggest volcanic natural freshwater lake, a unique combination of habitats, surrounded by two mountain ranges (Montaña Santa Barbara & Azul Meambar national parks), in 2005 it was declared a Ramsar site - a Wetland of Global Importance.
This area sits at the junction with Comayagua, Santa Barbara & Cortes departments. If you are a birdwatcher, a wild-life photographer, a naturalist or just a person who enjoys being outdoors, this is a great area in Honduras for you. The Lake is very rich in biodiversity, registering right now nearly 500 resident and migratory bird species. And it counts with great amenities and several activities to choose from while here.
Principal ecosystems include freshwater habitats, seasonally flooded forests, extensive wetlands, lowland rainforest, pine-oak forest, premontane and montane broadleaf forests.
Alternative Tour Name: Lake Yojoa - Laguna de Los Lagartos
You will arrive at Ramon Villeda Morales Airport in San Pedro Sula where we will be waiting for you. Then we all transfer to the Lake Yojoa Basin south of the airport.
All-day birding and sightseeing in Panacam trails located in Azul Meambar National Park. This park has two birdwatching towers specially designed to provide the perfect environment while canopy birding. After that, we hike the Deer Trail in search for more wildlife. While waiting for our meals you can photograph a variety of hummingbirds at the feeders. After lunch at the Lodge, we'll hike on another trail that leads to a beautiful waterfall nearby. Later on, head down and visit Yure’s Dam before dusk. Transfer to the hotel.
This trail is located in a private reserve in the department of Cortes. An awesome hotspot for observing the only country endemic bird species in Honduras, the endangered Honduran Emerald. Lakeside wildlife observation during the late afternoon.
Very early we'll have a boat ride through the north-side trail of the lake after this we drive to Los Naranjos, we walk through an elevated boardwalk path across the marshes giving us access to aquatic birds. We’ll also walk on a gravel trail at the end that goes along a mixed forest, parallel to the aquatic canal trail that we will have to cross later on towards the observation tower. After lunch, we will visit a private natural reserve for the rest of the afternoon. Dinner at a local restaurant that offers home-brewed beer and a variety of delicious food. Transfer to the hotel.
We head very early to the quiet communities of San Luis Planes and El Sauce. Here we'll hike the Quetzal Trail, one of the best sites in Honduras to observe the spectacular Resplendent Quetzal and many highlands species. After a late lunch, we head back down to Peña Blanca and visit the Pulhapanzak Waterfalls before heading towards the hotel.
We will visit Eco-Finca Luna del Puente during the morning to make the most of this visit. Luna del Puente is a private reserve located near the Lake that offers great birding opportunities. After lunch, we'll visit Bio-Parque Paradise, another beautiful private reserve located nearby.
After breakfast, we take you to Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport for your flight back home.
The Lake Yojoa Basin hosts over 500 species of birds and much other wildlife.
Honduran Emerald (country endemic), Keel-billed Motmot, Tody Motmot, Lesson’s Motmot, Lovely Cotinga, Striped Owl, Mottled Owl, Royal Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Crake, Gray-breasted crake, Pinnated Bittern, Snail Kite, Osprey, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari, Olive-backed Euphonia, Masked Tityra, Violet Sabrewing, White-bellied Emerald, Black-crested Coquette, Stripe-throated Hermit, Green Jay, Rufous and White Wren, Green-backed Sparrow, White-collared Manakin, Masked Duck, and many more.
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
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.
Well, not really. 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 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.
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.
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.