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Honduras: Pico Bonito and Panacam Lodges

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The ‘ultra-luxury’ Pico Bonito Lodge is one of Central America’s hottest new birding destinations, a paradise that’s home to half of Honduras’s 700 bird species, including the brilliant Lovely Cotinga. Collared Aracaris, Keel-billed Toucans and Red-capped Manakins add their own splashes of color to the lodge’s beautiful gardens.

Situated between two fast-moving rivers—the Coloradito and the Corinto—the luxury lodge nestles in the lap of Pico Bonito National Park, where 270,000 acres of tropical rainforest rise from near sea level to the 8,000-foot peak that gives the park its name. Much of this land is unexplored and unexploited. Jaguars and Pumas still hunt here as Spider Monkeys bounce through the trees.

  • Tour Cost
  • 2017 Cost
    $2975 from San Pedro Sula, Honduras
    Prices per person, double occupancy.

     

    Full payment required 120 days prior to departure date.

     

    Price based on double occupancy. If a single room is preferred, a single supplement fee of $660 will be assessed.

     

    Included in the Tour Cost
    All ground transportation from San Pedro Sula airport. All accommodations. All meals from dinner on arrival day through breakfast on departure day. All entrance fees and guide fees. Tips for meal service.

     

    Not Included in the Tour Cost
    International air travel, passport fees, luggage fees, trip insurance, alcoholic beverages, departure taxes, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

  • Itinerary
  • Brief Itinerary

    Day 1 : Arrive San Pedro Sula; transfer to Panacam Lodge
    Day 2 : Panacam Lodge
    Day 3 : Drive to Pico Bonito Lodge
    Day 4 : Birding Pico Bonito Lodge
    Day 5 : Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge
    Day 6 : Birding the lodge grounds and Rio Santiago Preserve
    Day 7 : Rio Aguan Valley
    Day 8 : Lancetilla Botanical Garden; Pico Bonito
    Day 9 : Depart San Pedro Sula

     

    Detailed itinerary

     

    DAY 1- Arrival and drive to Panacam Lodge

    Upon arrival we'll board our bus and drive to the Panacam Lodge, a naturalist’s paradise nestled in the high mountains of Cerro Azul National Park. We’ll enjoy an afternoon of birding along one of the Park’s many birding routes. Rainforest, pine-oak habitat and cloud forest will all be explored as we climb to higher elevations. Keel-billed Motmot, Bushy-Crested Jay, Elegant Trogon, Highland Guan, Green Jay, Black-crested Coquette, Wine-throated Hummingbird, and many other wonderful species that inhabit this beautiful highland preserve.

     

    DAY 2- Panacam Lodge - Resplendent Quetzals
    Early morning departure for Santa Barbara National Park. Santa Barbara Park encompasses 75 sq. miles of broadleaf rain and cloud forest. As many as 300 pairs of Resplendent Quetzals are estimated to thrive in this montane reserve. We will climb to nearly 6,000 feet in elevation to observe not only Resplendent Quetzals, but other species such as Flame-colored Tanager, Highland Guan, Slate-colored Solitaire, Emerald Toucanet, Blue-crowned Chlorophonia, Red-throated Parakeet, Blue-and-White Mockingbird.

    After lunch at Lake Yojoa we'll enjoy birding the shorelines and marshes of nearby Lake Yojoa. We'll bird the trails and elevated boardwalks of Los Naranjos, an archaeological park protecting a pre-Colombian Lenca settlement on the lake’s north shore.  Here we’ll look for Black-bellied and Fulvous Whistling Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Snail Kite, Rudy Crake, Cinnamon-bellied Flowerpiercer and more.

     

    DAY 3 - Drive to Pico Bonito Lodge
    After early morning birding we'll have breakfast and depart for Pico Bonito Lodge. We'll ave lunch along the way before arriving at the lodge on the edge of Pico Bonito National Park, near the north coast of Honduras.

     

    Day 4 - Birding the Lodge grounds
    Birding the property around Pico Bonito. Several well-maintained trails start from behind the pool, one of them leading to an impressive canopy tower only ten minutes away. As canopy towers go, this is one of the easiest to climb as it is located on a slope overlooking a forested valley. Large enough for the whole group and offers canopy views as well as a piece of the river below. We'll watch for perched and soaring raptors including White Hawk and Bat Falcon and scan the treetops for the turquoise of a male Lovely Cotinga.

     

    Day 5 - Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge
    The Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, which preserves an estuarine habitat of mangroves and taller tropical forest. Along the rail route we will encounter a number of open-country birds and the wetlands may offer views of various herons and egrets including Bare-throated Tiger-Heron and perhaps Wood Stork and even Jabiru. At the refuge we will take boats into the mangrove-lined waterways and forests of the extensive lagoon. All five of the northern Central American kingfishers can be seen here including the tiny American Pygmy Kingfisher. Other species we will seek include Boat-billed Heron, Sungrebe, Gray-neck Wood-Rail, Squirrel Cuckoo, Collared Aracari and Spot-breasted Wren.

     

    Day 6 - Birding the Lodge grounds
    This morning we will explore many more of the trails around the property... so many possibilities! An afternoon visit to Rio Santiago preserve will off many more hummingbird species at their array of feeders.

     

    Day 7 - Rio Aguan Valley
    The valley of the Rio Aguan is arid and flat, with impressive columnar cacti and epiphyte-laden oaks. Though clearing and overgrazing have impacted much of the valley, this area of cactus/thorn-scrub woodland persists undisturbed... here we can still find the country's only endemic, the critically endangered Honduran Emerald.

     

    Day 8 - Lancetilla Botanical Garden
    Morning trip to the botanical gardens where we will bird the entrance road for Great Antshrike, Cocoa Woodcreeper, and Slate-headed Tody-Flycatcher before taking a stroll down to the river and birding along the protected watershed. Other birds we could encounter include Slaty-breasted Tinamou, Black-headed Trogon, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari, Chestnut-colored woodpeckers, Black-crowned Tityra, and many species of warblers.

     

    Day 9 - Return Home
    Transfer to San Pedro Sula airport for return home...

  • Accommodations
  • Pico Bonito Lodge

    The porch at Pico Bonito LodgeAdventure, nature, and luxurious comfort surrounded by 400 acres of tropical wilderness, one of Central America's largest unexplored rainforests. These forests are home to over 420 species of birds plus many tropical amphibians and mammals such as kinkajous, peccaries, coatis, monkeys, tyras and jaguars.

     

    Room at Pico Bonito LodgeCabins are approximately 400 square feet with private bathroom with shower, louvered and screened windows, two ceiling fans, and private veranda with hammock. Cabins also have a CD player, alarm clock and coffee maker with Honduran organic coffee. Outlets are 110v.