Honduras, Ruins Rainforest & Reefs

RUINS, RAIN FORESTS & REEFS

Uncover the secrets of ancient Mayan culture and the wonders of the rainforest in this magical nine-day Honduras tour. In the ruins of Copán you'll traverse tunnels beneath the citadel, visit the sculpture museum and glimpse the hieroglyphic stairway. Next, spend two days exploring the rugged mountain landscape of Pico Bonito National Park, with guided nocturnal walks observing kinkajous and crested owls. Then, head off to see the luminous reefs that line the ocean at Roatan, one of the tranquil Bay Islands. Finish your tour with three days snorkelling amongst colourful marine life and eating in some of the finest restaurants in Honduras.

Tour highlights

    • Amaze your self with the wonder of the Copan Ruins.
    • Explore the wildlife in the rain forest of Pico Bonito. 
    • Loose yourself in the tranquillity of reefs of Roatan.
    • Expert English Speaking Guides.

     

Itinerary

Day 1

Copan

On arrival in San Pedro Sula, Honduras you will be met buy your local guide and driver and transferred to your chosen property. The journey will take approximately 3 hours passing through colonial villages and lush plantations en-route.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2

Copan - UNESCO site visit

Today, you'll travel to the Copan archaeological site for a privately guided, three-hour tour. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980, and one of the ancient Maya's most lavish cultural centres, Copan is well-known for its intricately carved stelae and incredible hieroglyphic stairway; you'll also visit the on-site sculpture museum and two excavated tunnels under the ruins that provide insight into the early stages of Copan civilization. Afterwards, you'll lunch in Copan Ruinas before heading to the Macaw Mountain Bird Park (located 15 minutes outside of town), a nine-acre (four-hectare) reserve that cares for rescued and endangered tropical birds like scarlet macaws and keel-billed toucans. A guide from the reserve will talk about Macaw Mountain's on-going projects and introduce you to a variety of bird species, some of which you'll be able to interact with. Bring your bathing suit, as the reserve has a riverside swimming hole. This is a one- to two-hour visit.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3

Copan - Finca El Cisne

This morning, you'll set out on a full-day excursion to the Finca El Cisne farm. Carlo Castejon's family owns the farm, and Carlos himself will take you on an easy horseback ride to explore the local land (home to tropical edibles like avocados, plantains, star fruit, and pineapples) and the beautiful scenery of the Copán Valley. A hearty farmhouse lunch (cooked by Carlos's mother) allows you to taste a variety of regionally grown ingredients. In the afternoon, you will learn about the farm's cardamom and shade-grown coffee plantations and about cattle ranching; the latter provides the farm with meat and dairy. Upon your return to Copan, you’ll stop for a quick dip in the local hot springs.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Pico Bonito - Guided nocturnal walks

Transfer from Copan to Pico Bonitio National Park.  The journey will take aproxximately 3 hours travelling down the mountains and long the main coast road. After you have had time to settle in and enjoy the hotels facilities there are guided nocturnal walks arranged early evening with a chance to get your first glimps of the local widelife.  

Pico Bonito National Park isn't just remote--it's largely unexplored. Located in northern Honduras, near the Caribbean city of La Ceiba, it's one of the country's largest parks and is named for the 2,435-metre (7,989 foot) mountain that dominates its sky. Rugged and isolated, Pico Bonito is home to cloud forests, dense jungles, dry lowland regions, several rivers, and exceptional wildlife; keep your eye out for monkeys, wild pigs, and the elusive jaguar. Although much of the park is inaccessible without a machete and some serious boots, Pico Bonito remains an exceptional destination for jungle treks, bird watching, and whitewater rafting. The area around it is also home to some great accommodations.

A guided nocturnal walk through the forest from 7pm - 9pm looking for night creatures. Guests may be able to see animals such as kinkajous, snakes, toads, frogs, owls, spiders and insects of many varieties. Duration: 2hrs

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5

Pico Bonito

Cuero y Salado (Collective/Full day)

Named for two rivers that feed this estuarine mangrove forest wildlife refuge, the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge is famous for its abundant wildlife and birding opportunities. Your trip into the refuge starts on a narrow gauge rail car that takes you to the river's edge. From here motorized skiffs and canoes are available for guided tours through the complex of estuaries and mangrove forests where one can expect to see howler and white-faced monkeys, iguanas, alligators, dozens of species of birds, and -with a little luck- manatees. After the boat tour, wander down to the white sand beach where the rivers meet the sea for a swim and a fresh fruit snack. (Additional charges apply.)

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6

Roatan

After breakfast transfer to La Ceiba to take the 15 minute flight to Roatan.

The Bay Islands are located off Honduras's Caribbean coast, along the southern end of the second-largest coral reef system in the world. Once a mecca for pirates, the now mellow isles (of which there are three--Roatan, Utila, and Guanaja, plus several small cayes) are surrounded by clear, turquoise waters that serve as home to a kaleidoscope of marine species, incredible coral formations, and the world's largest congregation of whale sharks. Not surprisingly, the area attracts scuba divers and snorkelers from around the globe. The islands themselves consist of white sand beaches, coconut palms, and quiet fishing villages, and are rich in Garifuna culture. Just a short flight from the mainland city of La Ceiba, Roatan is the largest and most popular island and has a handful of top-notch hotels and restaurants.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 7

Roatan

Day at leisure

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Roatan

Day at leisure

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 9

Roatan

After Breakfast transfer to the airport to take the fight to San Salvador for your international connections back to the UK.

Why not extend your stay in Roatan or explore the beaches and valcanoes of El Salvador before returning home.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Pricing

From 1st January 2016 - 31st December 2016

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