Things to Do in Honduras: Nature Expeditions and Trekking
Although there are several possibilities for participating in nature expeditions in Honduras, the best option by far is embarking on an expedition to the Moskito Coast (or “La Moskitia” as it is known in Spanish). This area boasts the largest expanse of tropical rain forest in the northern hemisphere of the Americas. La Moskitia is home to the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, one of the two World Heritage Sites that are in Honduras (the other one is the archaeological site of Copan).
There are two different outfitters that provide nature expeditions to the reserve. La Moskitia Ecoaventuras is owned by a native from that region, and is probably the best, most complete option. Although they offer different packages, including 10 day rafting expeditions down the Platano River, they can easily tailor make an expedition to the area to fit your particular interests and time table. The other, Omega Tours, limits their nature expedition in La Moskitia to a rafting trip down the river. Both outfitters are based in La Ceiba, on the north coast of Honduras.
If you are an adventurer who likes to do things more on your own, check out “La Ruta Moskitia”. This nature expedition has been put together by a group of local villagers who received help from several institutions, and have built a nice set of eco lodges within their communities in La Moskitia. They offer many nature expeditions departing from La Ceiba.
Although there are many different areas that can be visited by trekking in Honduras, there are not very many organized trekking tours that you can readily join into. Your best options would be the following two: Maya Lenca Trails offers trekking tours in the vicinity of Celaque National Park, which is located near Gracias, Honduras. Trekking there includes the possibility of spending several nights in the different communities around the park, several of which date back to colonial times. Normally, you will enter the Park from Gracias, and exit via Belen Gualcho. Another possibility for trekking is located near La Ceiba, where La Moskitia Ecoaventuras (www.lamoskitia.hn ) has its home base. Jorge Salaverri, the owner of this outfit, arranges trekking tours within Pico Bonito National Park, and also within the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve.