Hiking in Pico Bonito National Park
World Class Hiking in Pico Bonito National Park.
Pico Bonito National Park offers outstanding possibilities for hiking. In fact, Pico Bonito hiking is one of the top things to do in La Ceiba! There are several different areas that have authorized trails. There are two general areas for hiking in Pico Bonito National Park. One is along the Cangrejal River Valley. There a magnificent suspension bridge over the Cangrejal River gives you access to a network of trails. These include the El Mapache Trail that leads to the beautiful El Bejuco Waterfall. The bridge is only 8.5 km from the main CA13 highway.
Getting to the Cangrejal River Valley is easy! An all weather dirt road leads you there. Best of all, there are a variety of Hotels within the Cangrejal River Valley which include some award winning properties, such as the La Villa de Soledad B&B. This property is located within 200 metres from the Pico Bonito National Park visitor’s center at the Cangrejal River. You can hire a guide at the Cangrejal River visitors center.
A second alternative is community known as El Pino. It is 10 km west of La Ceiba on Highway CA13. Hiking in Pico Bonito National Park is easy in this area and there are several different alternatives. By far, the best trails are those within the property of The Lodge at Pico Bonito. This is a beautiful eco lodge that is a member of the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The lodge has a network of trails that include birding towers. From them, you will go bananas looking at the variety of tropical birds that live in the rain forest canopy! Amazingly, camera traps regularly take night pictures of jaguars, pumas and ocelots roaming the very same trails where you and other tourists have hiked in the morning!
Finding a Guide Around El Pino
Nearby, along the CA13 road, you can stop at a souvenir workshop that offers both, souvenirs as well as guided service by local wildlife guides. These guides can take you on other local trails. This includes the Zacate River Waterfall trail. This was the first trail officially open to tourists in Pico Bonito National Park. As you can see, there are several different alternatives that make hiking in Pico Bonito National Park easy and truly accessible! Enjoy your hiking in Pico Bonito National Park!