In-depth Honduras (11n/12d)

The Colonial town of Copan Ruinas is the perfect access point to the Copan Ruins

The Colonial town of Copan Ruinas is the perfect access point to the Copan Ruins

Day 1, San Pedro Sula to Copan (Unguided Transfer)
Guests upon arrival into San Pedro Sula guests will be met off their flight and transferred to the pretty highland town of Copan Ruinas.(3hrs) Rest of the afternoon free to explore this colonial style small town. Copan Ruinas 3N

Day 2, Copan Site & Bird Park (B,L) (2 Guides – One in each Location)
Guests are transferred to the Archaeology site at Copan. Here they enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful site which is famous for its intricately carved stelea & hieroglyphic stairway as well as its comprehensive museum. When ready guests return to Copan and to the Bird Park for lunch. After lunch guests enjoy a walk in the lush, shady river valley location of the Copan Bird Park where they get a local guide to accompany them and see and interact with a number of beautiful tropical birds that have been rescued from locales all over Honduras. When ready guests are transferred back to their hotel.

Day 3, Finca El Cisne (B,L) (SIB Tour)
You will be met at your hotel reception at 9am by your guide Carlos to begin your full day excursion out to “Finca El Cisne”. Carlos’s family owns the farm and he will take guests on a tranquil horseback ride through the farmlands and beautiful scenery of the Copan Valley followed by a hearty farmhouse lunch cooked by Carlos’s mother where you can taste the coffee grown here. In the afternoon guests explore the coffee and cardamom plantations and learn about cattle ranching. This wonderful tour finishes with a dip in the hot springs on the way back to your hotel.

Day 4, Transfer to La Ceiba (B) (Unguided Transfer)
Guests transfer to San Pedro Sula (3hrs) for a short flight to La Ceiba (20mins) & transfer to their hotel / lodge. La Ceiba Area 4N

Day 5, Cacao Lagoon (B,L) (SIB Tour)
Guests are picked up from their hotel & transferred to Cacao Lagoon, where they will be able to meet the local people of this fishing village, living an authentic, traditional life. Then guests jump in the kayaks and paddle through the mangroves, always along the shore so that they can see as much wildlife as possible. In this area guests should see lots of birds, butterflies, bats and howler monkeys. Reaching the beachside of Cacao Lagoon we paddle into the Caribbean and try our kayaks in the waves. The beach here is picturesque, serene and deserted. After a fruity beach picnic, we paddle back to our starting point and are met for the transfer back to their hotel. – For more active guests you can choose white water rafting or other multi sport activities.

Day 6, Cuero y Salado & Garifuna Village (B,L) (SIB Tour)
Guests transfer from their hotel to this wildlife refuge situated 33km from La Ceiba which is home to many endangered animal species, found within the many mangrove canals proceeding from the rivers Cuero and
Salado. There is a mixture both fresh and salt water, the reserve being right at the ocean’s edge. From La Union, we catch a ride on the old railway to reach this wildlife refuge, and then by boat or canoe we explore the mangrove lagoons. Manatees, monkeys, alligators and a variety of birds are all part of the highlights of this protected and diverse habitat run by the foundation FUCSA. Most frequently seen wildlife: Howler monkeys, more than 200 species birds (Herons, kingfishers, gallinules) and butterflies, manatee, alligators.

Day 7, Pico Bonito (SIB Tour) (B,L)
Guests are met at their hotel at around 8:00am & travel by 4×4 to the tropical forest of Pico Bonito. Here guests follow several trails trek deep into the lush vegetation – en route discovering butterflies, birds and many other species of wildlife. Following the Rio Zacate trail, we’ll have a beautiful view of the Caribbean Coast, reaching the magnificent Zacate Waterfall at approx. 1:30pm. Hiking along the magnificent ‘Cordillera Gracias a Dios’, which has it´s highest peak in Pico Bonito will leave you breathless at the natural and sweeping beauty of a park that has made Honduras famous as a destination for eco-tours.

Day 8, Pico Bonito Park & Transfer to Roatan (B)
Guests can enjoy an early morning hike in Pico Bonito National Park before transferring to La Ceiba for a flight to the island of Roatan. Transfer to the hotel for overnight. Choose between more isolated beach hotels, the energetic beach of the West Bay area or the lively nightlife of the West End. Roatan 4N

Day 9 – 11, Beach Relaxation
Enjoy a free day on Roatan to sunbath, snorkel, dive or perhaps rent a moped or car to explore the island.

Day 12, Transfer Out
Transfer to Roatan airport for international flight out or connecting flight to San Pedro to meet international flight out.

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