Atlantida, is the the upcoming shining star destination in Central America. It offers the perfect elements for an outstanding adventure destination. Visit Atlantida, the Destination Management Organization that is in charge of marketing Atlantida is organizing a unique adventure competition. The activity is the Atlantida Race, and this year we are having the first edition. Unlike a better known activity like the Roatan Triathlon, the Atlantida Race includes unique diverse activities. These include canoeing, white water rafting, mountain and road bicycling, coastering and other challenges.
A Race Like no Others!
The setting will include activities within the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge. Here competitors may have a glimpse at Duna, the baby Antillean Manatee found beached on the dunes within the refuge. Cuero y Salado will set the stage for canoeing races. A unique activity that consists of pushing a small flat bed railroad cart that locals call “burra” will also take place here.
Getting to Cuero y Salado will be on a bicycle, which is one of the challenges that the competitors will have. Cuero y Salado is a mangrove marine estuary. Over 100 years ago, the Standard Fruit Company had an important operation in the area. Agricultural activities included banana and extensive coconut plantations. The land returned to the state of Honduras in the 1980’s when the 100 year concession expired. Thus one of the first National Park and Wildlife refuges in Honduras came to be.
Another important adventure activity that will take place is a white water rafting competition. This will take place in the Cangrejal River Valley. The Cangrejal River offers ideal conditions with class III and even IV rapids. The River is the border between two national parks: Pico Bonito and Nombre de Dios. These two parks are the backbone of Atlantida. Together they form a natural barrier between the interior of Honduras and the Caribbean Sea. The highest peak, Pico Bonito, reaches over 8000 feet above sea level. On a clear day, you can see it from as far as the islands of Utila, Roatan and Cayos Cochinos!
Sign up Now!
If you want to take part in the Atlantida Race 2017, that will take place between October 27 and 29, hurry and sign up! Registrations are still open! Check out the Visit Atlantida facebook page to set your team up and get ready for a unique, challenging adventure. The Visit Atlantida DMO plans to make the Atlantida Race an important once a year event.