Let’s face it, most travelers visiting Central America are looking for adventure or nature experiences. Many are looking for both. Honduras is no exception and offers many different alternatives. Without doubt the top adventure and nature hotspot in Honduras is the Cangrejal River Valley. There are many different reasons for this, so let me give you just a few of them.
9 Reasons why the Cangrejal River Valley is the Adventure and Nature Hotspot in Honduras:
1.- The Cangrejal River Valley is between two national parks in Honduras. Pico Bonito National Park is on the West Side and Nombre de Dios National Park is on the East Side. This translates into pristine rain forests and spectacular mountains.
2.- It is easy to get to the Cangrejal River Valley. It is just south of La Ceiba, which is where the maritime transportation to the Bay Islands of Honduras is located. The Cangrejal River Valley is only 30 minutes from the ferry terminals in the mainland. This means that it is easy to get to from Utila and Roatan. In case you do not like to travel by boat, you can fly. La Ceiba has an excellent airport facility with many flights to all three Bay Islands: Utila, Roatan and Guanaja.
3.- There are 10 small lodges within the Cangrejal River Valley. This means that you will certainly find the perfect one for you. From small boutique bed and breakfasts, such as La Villa de Soledad, to hostel facilities with dorms, there is something for every budget. There are also several alternatives for meals within the Cangrejal River Valley.
4.- For the adventure lovers, there are many adventure activities available in the Cangrejal River Valley. These include World Class white water rafting in one of the most scenic rivers in Central America: The Cangrejal River. They also include canyoneering down the face of pristine tropical waterfalls. And then there is zip lining from tree top to tree top in the forest canopy! This is the only area in Honduras where you can practice all three activities in one place! Indeed, this is THE Adventure and Nature hotspot in Honduras!
5.- For the nature lovers, there is outstanding hiking. There are several different trails, some are private, others public, to choose from. These trails usually lead to hidden waterfalls in the tropical rain forest. Without doubt, the most stunning of these waterfalls are the El Bejuco Falls. These are visible from the road. The El Mapache trail in Pico Bonito National Park leads to this stunning falls. A three hour round trip hike will get you there and back. You can choose to hire a local guide or hike on your own.
6.- The Cangrejal River Valley area is safe. This means that you can hike between the different inns and lodges on your own. It also means that you can go down to the river to swim or hike in the trails without anybody harassing you. The local community, which includes the lodge owners all work hard to keep the area safe. This is an enhancement for your enjoyment!
7.- Outstanding bird watching. The Cangrejal River Valley is one of the top birding hotspots in Honduras. You can relax in the porch of the lodge you are staying in and spot a variety of birds. There are several local guides that have had basic training in bird watching. They are available and can help you find the most outstanding birds in our area. There has yet to be a serious birdwatcher that was not impressed with the birding opportunities in the Cangrejal River Valley.
8.- Proximity to other adventure and nature activities. Yes the Cangrejal River Valley is near to other nature activities. The Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge is within a 45 minute drive from the area. You can be in the magnificent Hog Cays (Cayos Cochinos) islands within 1 hour of your lodge. Need to soothe your body after roughing it up with all the adventures? Then visit the hot springs in Sambo Creek and get a good massage and a soothing bath!
9.- The Cangrejal River Valley is on the route between the Copan Ruinas and Utila. This means you can visit the happiest place in Honduras as well as the most magical place in the country. To top this off, you can get a chance to enjoy THE adventure and nature hotspot in Honduras! This makes for the perfect combination!
I trust that by now, you know enough to agree with me that the Cangrejal River Valley is the Adventure and Nature hotspot in Honduras. Make sure you include it in your travel itinerary when visiting Honduras! Would like to see a video of the Cangrejal River valley?