Honduras Birds Herps and Ruins Photo Workshop

Collared Aracari

Collared Aracaris are quite numerous!

The ‘ultra-luxury’ Pico Bonito Lodge is one of Central America’s hottest rainforest destinations, a paradise that’s home to half of Honduras’s 700 bird species—from the brilliant blue Lovely Cotinga to the uncommon Keel-billed Motmot to an array of hummingbirds!.

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 howler monkeys roar to proclaim their territory.

The photo workshop will include a Macro focus on reptiles and amphibians as well as flowers and butterflies. We will have special set-ups to photograph hummingbirds in the gardens and around feeders. We will also visit a gorgeous wetland reserve where we can find crocodiles, monkeys and many species of waterbirds, including the unusual Boat-billed Heron.

Our last three nights will be in a quaint town outside the Mayan ruins of Copan. Here we will enjoy not only the ruins, but also Scarlet Macaws in flight, local people and traditional architecture full of color!

Parrot Snake

A Parrot Snake ‘strikes’ a pose!

  • Workshop Cost
  • 2016 Cost

    $4950 per person from San Pedro Sula

    (Non-photographer companions may join the trip for $3950 per person, double occupancy. Click on "Additional Info" tab for more information.)

    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 $700 will be assessed.


    Cost Includes

    All lodging, meals, instructions, guide fees, ground transportation, airport transfers.


    Cost does not include

    International airfare, passport fees, visa fees, airport taxes, laundry, phone calls or anything of a personal nature or not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary.

  • Itinerary
  • Brief Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive San Pedro Sula; transfer to Pico Bonito Lodge
    Day 2: Trails and set-ups for birds and wildlife
    Day 3: Hummingbirds, reptiles and amphibians
    Day 4: Cuero y Salado Wildlife Reserve
    Day 5: Hummingbirds, butterflies and owls
    Day 6: Drive to Copan with stop at Lancetilla Botanical Garden
    Day 7: Visit Copan Ruins and Macaws in the morning. explore the town in the afternoon.
    Day 8: Explore the town in the morning and the ruins and macaws in the afternoon.
    Day 9: Depart for San Pedro Sula and flights home




    Day 1 - Arrival in Honduras

    Arrive San Pedro Sula no later than 2:00pm; transfer to Pico Bonito Lodge

    Dinner at the lodge with discussion and orientation to our trip.


    Day 2 - At the Lodge
    Exploring 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.


    After lunch we will enjoy photographing many species of birds at the feeders around the lodge.


    Evening discussion and instruction.


    Day 3 - Lodge grounds
    Today we will work on photographing hummingbirds in the morning and the afternoon we will have incredible opportunities photographing snakes, lizards, frogs and more!


    Evening discussion and instruction.


    Day 4 - Cuero Y Salado
    Today we will visit the beautiful Cuero y Salado wildlife sanctuary. We will take a van to the train-stop... a very small, narrow-guage railroad used by fruit companies in the past. The 45 minute train ride will take us through wetlands and savanna to a little village along a river. No roads come here, just the train.


    In Cuero Y salado we will venture by boat to photograph birds, monkeys and more along the river's edge and in hidden forest creeks.


    After lunch back in the village, we will explore the river again, this time looking for turtles and crocodiles that are by this time of day, sunning themselves on logs and shore.


    Return to Pico Bonito for dinner and evening discussion.


    Day 5 - Rio Santiago
    Today we will concentrate on hummingbirds in the morning and butterflies in the afternoon.

    Evening discussion and instruction.


    Day 6 - Drive to Copan
    Today Drive to Copan with a stop at Lancetilla Botanical Garden for flowers and birds. Macro and landscape opportunities abound!

    Dinner at our hotel and evening discussion and instruction.


    Day 7 -Copan Ruins and Town
    The ancient ruins of Copan, once inhabited by the great Mayan civilization, will offer wonderful landscape opportunities. The forest around the ruins are full of birds and other wildlife which may offer added opportunities. The Scarlet Macaw reintroduction program that protects this beautiful species has brought many macaws to the ruins that could offer fantastic chances at flight photography.


    After lunch we will explore the local town, full of wonderful people, color and tradition!


    Dinner at our hotel.


    Day 8 - Copan Ruins and Town
    We will asses yesterdays opportunities and plan our day to add the best opportunities for our final day!


    Day 9 - Return Home
    Depart for San Pedro Sula for our 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.

  • Additional Info
  • We will take up to 8 photographers plus non-photographer companions.


    Non-photo companions will not participate in the photo sessions, but instead will enjoy the lodge's many amenities (pool, spa, massages, etc.) as well as a private guide to enjoy the birds and wildlife while the photographers are in the field.


    Meals will be together as a group!