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Honduras - The Lodge at Pico Bonito

Tour Code: HND01

A rewarding and gentle 10-day birdwatching tour based at the outstanding Pico Bonito Lodge.

10 days from £2595(inc flights) Land Only Price: £2045 SRS: £430 + an optional 4-day extension


Honduras is a birder’s paradise and boasts over 740 bird species. This new addition to our Bargain Birdwatching portfolio is a single-centre tour based in a luxury eco-lodge lying at the foot of the Pico Bonito National Park, which covers some 270,000 acres of little-explored Caribbean tropical wet forest and cloudforest. As you’d expect, the 400-acre private reserve in which the lodge is situated is alive with tityras, motmots, trogons, honeycreepers, flycatchers and hummingbirds. We will also visit the nearby Salado Wildlife Refuge which should reveal Agami Heron, Jabiru and Sungrebe amongst a profusion of wetland birds, as well as Black Howler Monkey and other mammals. This tour is designed to offer easy yet exciting and varied birding from an exceptionally comfortable base with good photographic opportunities.

  • A warm-weather, single-centre birdwatching holiday
  • The Lodge at Pico Bonito is a member of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ group
  • 420+ bird species recorded within 20 minutes of The Lodge at Pico Bonito
  • Lovely Cotinga, Keel-billed Toucan, Great Curassow & Royal Flycatcher all possible
  • Look for the country’s endemic hummingbird, Honduran Emerald
  • Lesser Roadrunner, Lesser Ground-cuckoo & Salvin’s Emerald in forest south of Pico Bonito National Park
  • White-faced Monkey, Lesser Anteater & Central American Coati, Salado Wildlife Refuge
  • 50 West Indian Manatees reside within Salado Wildlife Refuge
  • Good photographic opportunities
  • Led by expert local guides

Food

All included in the price, except meals en route.

Accommodation

A night in the US out of necessity and then seven nights at The Lodge at Pico Bonito.

Lovely Cotinga (Byron Palacios)

Lovely Cotinga (Byron Palacios)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart UK, overnight USA

Day 2 Arrive San Pedro Sula; transfer Pico Bonito

Day 3-8 The Lodge at Pico Bonito & surroundings

Day 9 Depart Pico Bonito; in flight

Day 10 Arrive London

If the idea of a warm-weather, single-centre birdwatching holiday appeals — and the popularity of our ‘Bargain Birdwatching’ holidays to such destinations as Zambia (Kafunta Lodge), Brazil (Serra dos Tucanos) and Panama (Canopy Tower) over the years tends to suggest that, to many, it does! — then this new holiday could be just for you! 

The Lodge at Pico Bonito, a member of the ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ group, is a luxury eco-lodge located on the northern (Caribbean) coast of Honduras. The lodge nestles at the foot of the Pico Bonito National Park, which covers some 270,000 acres of littleexplored Caribbean tropical wet forest and cloudforest.

In excess of 420 species have been recorded within 20 minutes of the lodge, amongst them the stunning Lovely Cotinga, a bird which was so revered by the Aztecs and Mayans that the species’ iridescent blue feathers were often given as gifts to tribal leaders.

As you’d expect, the 400-acre private reserve in which the lodge is situated is alive with tityras, motmots, trogons, honeycreepers, flycatchers and hummingbirds. All of these families will feature prominently in our daily sightings, with other magnificent birds such as Keel-billed Toucan, Great Curassow and Royal Flycatcher all ‘on the menu’.

Nearby Salado Wildlife Refuge should reveal Agami Heron, Jabiru and Sungrebe amongst a profusion of wetland birds, as well as Black Howler Monkey, White-faced Monkey, Lesser Anteater and Central American Coati. With luck, we might also see West Indian Manatee, for about 50 individuals reside in the refuge.

We will also target the country’s endemic hummingbird, Honduran Emerald, during a visit to the tropical dry forest south of Pico Bonito National Park, where we should also see Lesser Roadrunner, Lesser Ground-cuckoo and Salvin’s Emerald, amongst many others.

If easy, yet exciting and varied, birding from an exceptionally comfortable base with good photographic opportunities appeals to you, then do ask us for a detailed itinerary. We expect places to sell fast!

Keel-billed ToucanCollared AracariWhite-faced CapuchinMargayGreen HoneycreeperKeel-billed MotmotVermiculated Screech OwlLovely CotingaEmerald ToucanetLong-billed HermitWhite-vented EuphoniaLodge EntranceRestaurant viewRestaurantStandard CabinSunbitternSuperior CabinAgoutiBlue-crowned MotmotBat FalconBoa constrictorCommon Potoo and chickFerruginous Pygmy OwlBirding group at Pico BonitoGlass FrogGreen HoneycreeperWaterfallFernsMantled Howler MonkeyWhite-necked JacobinYellow-eared ToucanetMasked TityraGrey-necked WoodrailLong-billed HermitLesser RoadrunnerMargayNorthern TamanduaBirding in the CanopyWhite-faced CapuchinsSungrebeLesser Ground-cuckooAtlantic Blue Tang (Janice Beck)Brown Pelican (Janice Beck)Cayos Cochinos pink boa (Boa constrictor imperator) Janice BeckScribbled Filefish (Janice Beck) (2)Scribbled Filefish (Janice Beck)
M.S.
November 2015
The three local guides were outstanding with their phenomenal eyesight to pick up the birds. They were always friendly, courteous and well organised. Nothing was too much trouble. Everything ran smoothly. The highland extension was well worth doing.
Mrs C Carter
Cornwall
The lodge was lovely, I can't fault it. Very nice rooms with fresh flowers and plenty of bottled water. Lovely pool and sunbathing area. Greta food and attentive service. Guides were excellent and it was a nice combination of woodland trips, boat excursion and two trips to the coast. The snorkelling trip was excellent and it was good to see several islands. Also the trip to see the Hummingbirds at Rio Santiago was very special. A wonderful holiday- thank you.
Mr and Mrs Moore
Hertfordshire
Alexander Alvarado - an excellent bird guide, full of enthusiasm and wanted to show us all the birds that he could.
Mrs J Beck
February 2015
Snorkelling extension a wonderful day - A 40 minute boat ride to the off shore islands that are surrounded by coral reefs submerged in warm clear water. Colourful fish, spectacular corals, an Island stop to sea star fish, Pink Boa's, Canivet's Hummingbird and Yucatan Vireo, a rustic lunch and a chance to buy souvenir jewellery hand crafted in natural mediums of nut shells and seeds. Tame shore birds, running along the waterline, Sanderlings, Turnstones and Pelicans.
Mrs M Scroggie
November 2014
The cabins at Pico Bonito were extremely comfortable. The staff were helpful and the guide was excellent.
Mrs E Hurley
November 2014
The bird guide at Pico Bonito, Esdras, was excellent, very knowledgeable and talented. The lodge was very good, a lovely setting and everything catered for that you would need.
Mr S Harris
January 2015
Alex Alvarado is a first class bird guide.
Mr & Mrs Brown
January 2015
The accommodation and staff at Pico Bonito Lodge were excellent and the guides were very good.
Mr R Smith
January 2015
Pico Bonito Lodge, surroundings, cabins and food were superb. The guides were first class - accommodating and competent. Their birding ability was amazing.
Mr B Long
January 2015
The overall itinerary allowed for a good all-round look at the birdlife of the area. We saw most of the target species, including Sungrebe, and also saw Manatees and other mammals.
Mr D Weir
Lancashire
Pico Bonito lodge was everything we hoped for. NB The moth trap there is marvellous - new things every night. The Honduran Emerald site is also wonderful for butterflies and dragonflies.
Mr D Weir
Lancashire
All leaders were very vigilant and attentive to our frailties and made sure we missed nothing. We never felt under pressure to do anything in haste. We enjoyed not having long drives or frequent moves. The habitats and nature of the outings were varied with plenty of interest every day.
Mr J Howlett
Lancashire
Birding excellent, guides and accommodation also.
Mr R Webb
Hertfordshire
The lodge is in a great location, very comfortable with fantastic staff. Even when the weather wasn't good it was just a nice place to relax and still see wildlife.
Mrs S Harker
Leicestershire
The accommodation at the lodge was excellent and a pleasure to stay in. The gardens and pool area were very attractive. There were readily accessible areas where one could do some independent birding.
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Wed 22nd November 2017 - Fri 1st December 2017

4

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Land only cost: £2045 More info

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Tour extension: Honduran Highlands ExtensionMore info

Tue 16th January 2018 - Thu 25th January 2018

YES

£2595

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Land only cost: £2045 More info

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Tour extension: Honduran Highlands ExtensionMore info

Tue 6th February 2018 - Thu 15th February 2018

YES

£2595

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Regional Departures: Regional Departures are available. Call 01962 733051 for detailsMore info

Land only cost: £2045 More info

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Tour extension: Honduran Highlands ExtensionMore info

Thu 15th November 2018 - Sat 24th November 2018

YES

£2695

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Regional Departures: Regional Departures are available. Call 01962 733051 for detailsMore info

Land only cost: £2145 More info

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Tour extension: Honduran Highlands ExtensionMore info

Fri 18th January 2019 - Sun 27th January 2019

YES

£2695

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Regional Departures: Regional Departures are available. Call 01962 733051 for detailsMore info

Land only cost: £2145 More info

Room sharing options: More info

Tour extension: Honduran Highlands ExtensionMore info

Tue 5th February 2019 - Thu 14th February 2019

YES

£2695

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Flights: Flights are included in the tour costMore info

Regional Departures: Regional Departures are available. Call 01962 733051 for detailsMore info

Land only cost: £2145 More info

Room sharing options: More info

Tour extension: Honduran Highlands ExtensionMore info

Visiting: Honduras

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Tour Extensions

If you wish to prolong your holiday we offer the following extensions.

Honduran Highlands Extension

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Tour Reviews

The three local guides were outstanding with their phenomenal eyesight to pick up the birds. They were always friendly, courteous and well organised. Nothing was too much trouble. Everything ran smoothly. The highland extension was well worth doing.
M.S., November 2015