Honduras is Central America’s newest top birding destination thanks in large part to the popularity and massive social media outreach of The Lodge at Pico Bonito. Located just an hour’s drive outside the city of La Ceiba, in the mountains above Honduras’ Caribbean coast, Pico Bonito offers access to 400 acres of tropical wilderness as well as the comfortable, relaxing atmosphere of a premier eco-lodge and spa.
If this sounds alluring, we haven’t even gotten to the good part yet!
More than 420 species of birds have been found on and adjacent to the Pico Bonito grounds, which feature well-managed trails, birding towers (miradors) for scanning the forested mountains and river valleys, as well as gardens and feeding stations designed to attract birds and other wildlife. An early morning hike up to one of the miradors is likely to result in spectacular looks at a variety of rainforest birds, including toucans, manakins, tanagers, motmots, and the signature species of Pico Bonito, the lovely continga.
This jewel of a tropical birding destination has been increasing rapidly in popularity in recent years, thanks to the incredible images and stories shared online by James Adams, assistant manager and head naturalist at Pico Bonito. James and his team of professional naturalist/guides are experts at finding birds and other creatures in all of Honduras’ habitats, especially those in and around the lodge grounds.
BWD Editor Bill Thompson, III, traveled to Pico during the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour in late 2016 and experienced first-hand what marvels are awaiting the traveling birder in this small country and at this fine ecolodge. This is why we chose Pico Bonito and Honduras as our second-ever international destination for a Bird Watcher’s Digest Reader Rendezvous.
This fabulous weeklong adventure, seven nights at the Lodge & Spa at Pico Bonito, includes:
- Transfers between San Pedro Sula airport and the Lodge
- Standard cabin (surcharge for cabin upgrade)
- All meals, including dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day
- Private tour of the lodge’s butterfly farm
- 8-10 hours of birding around Pico Bonito National Park
- 4-5 hours of birding around Rio Santiago
- 4-5 hours of birding in Lancetilla Botanical Gardens
- 4-5 hours of birding within the mangroves and lagoons of Cuero y Salado Refuge, including train and boat trips
- Two Honduran birding guides and two BWD-staff guides for the entire week.
We have customized this itinerary to conform to closely to our Reader Rendezvous-style of birding, meaning we will take all the time necessary in the field to ensure (as much as possible) that everyone sees every bird. There will be plenty of time for siestas and resting, and opportunities during the week to visit Pico’s fabulous spa, enjoy the swimming pool, hike on your own, or simply to relax in a hammock.
Fitness guidelines and activity level expectations for this trip:
Birding in the tropics can test even the most fit and avid participants. Torrential rain, humidity, thin, warm air at high elevations and stifling air in the lowlands, plus biting insects, harsh sunlight, loud jungle noises, and other tropical challenges can really make you feel “you’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!” We at Bird Watcher’s Digest always strive to embrace the experience whenever possible, but we want you, our beloved participants, to be fully prepared and aware of where we’re going and what the conditions will be like.
The trails around Pico Bonito are well-maintained but certainly not without bumps, rocks, roots, and other minor challenges to easy walking. All trails involve some uphill (and downhill) walking but our schedule will be kept flexible so we will not attempt these trails when they are muddy and slippery.
Participants on this Jewel of the Tropics Reader Rendezvous:
- Must be able to walk comfortably for up to a mile without assistance
- Must be able to hike on uneven trails of moderate incline/decline
- Must be able to climb three flights of stairs to access birding towers
- Must be able to tolerate warm, humid daytime temperatures and sudden torrential rains
- Must make the Rendezvous staff aware of any special medical or dietary requirements, or mobility limitations
- Must be covered by travel insurance that includes emergency medical coverage
Bird Watcher’s Digest is pleased to recommend Travelex Insurance Services for your travel insurance needs. You can simply call 800-228-9792 or follow the link on the Reader Rendezvous page of our website. Mention location number 35-0159.
Learn moreBecause of the remote location of this Rendezvous, we cannot offer exceptions to our fitness guidelines above. Please contact us with any questions about this amazing adventure. We hope you’ll join us in Honduras!