Birding and Mayan Culture
Being conservative expect up of 300+ species during the trip. (Intro Text over Construction)
English/Spanish guide with field scope and guide, pick up and drop off from airport, hotels, transportation, lodging, meals and park entrance fees.
Gratuities, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, airport departure tax, or international and local airfare.
The above birding itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes for birders. It can be shortened or extended.
All trips are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
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Itinerary (7 days/6 nights):
Arrive in San Pedro Sula and transfer to Panacam Lodge; depending of arrival time Birding at Lodge
Lunch, Dinner at Panacam lodge
Pickup by your native guide and driver, and we’ll head for Lake Yojoa, a very large, natural lake in central part of Honduras. This is a great place for water birds including Black Bellied Whistling and Muscovy Ducks, Spotted Rail, Ruddy Crake, Gray-breasted Crake, Northern Jacana and many more. We might get lucky and find other good species as well. We’ll stay at Panacam on the lake for the next three nights and explore the lake region and surrounding mountains.
Breakfast at panacam lodge,Lunch at Finca las Glorias,Dinner at panacam lodge and local lodging. Panacam lodge
We’ll spend some time in the morning birding the Panacam lowlands for Prevost Ground-Sparrow, Green-backed Sparrow and the numerous hummingbirds in the lake region. After lunch, we head for the highlands of Cerro Azul Meambar National Park. We will get our first taste of Humid forest here. This is home and one of the best windows to find Keel-billed Motmot. Blue-crowned, Tody and Turquoise-browed Motmot should be seen along the way, as well as Collared Trogons. The lovely Black-crested Coquette, White bellied Emerald and many more Hummingbirds are found as well in the park at feeders close to the visitors’ center. Red-capped and White-collared Manakins should also be present. We will probably see our first Bushy-crested, Green and Unicolered Jays in here.
Breakfast at Panacam, lunch at Panacam,Dinner at Los remos and local lodging at panacam.
This day we will start with a great breakfast at 6:00 a.m. And then we will go to our next excellent birding destination for a mornig trip, SANTA BARBARA NATIONAL PARK. This place is considered one of the best destinations for cloud forest birds in Lake Yojoa.
Santa Barbara is a amazing birding destination with over 300 species recorded in the area. Terrific birding opportunities are available in the more open areas.This is a great place to see many species of hummingbirds and tanagers, including the beautiful Flame Colored Tanager, and other species such as: Resplendent Quetzal, Bushy Crested Jay, Emerald Toucanet, Wine throated Hummingbird, Blue and white Mockingbird,Blue Crowned Chlorophonia, Buffy Crowned Woodpartridge And many others, after lunch up in the Mountains we move to Los Naranjos National Park in Peña Blanca. this is a very nice place for birds like Olivaceous Piculet, Rufous and White Wren, Rufous Breasted Spinetail and the very elusive White Winged Becard., the most nicest trails and wide open views over the lake Yojoa.
Breakfast in fields, Lunch in the field and dinner at Los Remos, local lodging at Panacam.
Early morning into the Forest of Panacam, Around 200,000 hectares of the highly endangered Interior Atlantic Forest still stand in patches spread the beauty of these places. Thanks to the efforts made by several local conservation organizations and individuals, most of them have been declared reserves, and at the present they are linked to each other and to PANACAM National Park, forming a big, single conservation unit, known as the Central Highlands. This continuous forest cover supports healthy populations of big mammals, such as Jaguar, Tapir and Anteater among others. There are areas of the PANACAM where the forest canopy is dominated by birds are the closer windows to make a beautiful trip in Honduras.
The wonderful waterfall in the area can be enjoyed to their fullest by walking along the different walkways of the park and stopping at their many lookouts to behold the most spectacular views of them all. These trails have been built in different levels, and visitors have the chance to see the falls from below having a great experience. Very nice trails take you into the forest and gives you a great chance to spot birds such as: White Collared Manakin, Crimson Collared Tanager, Tody Motmot, Stripe Throated Hermit and many others while you are facing this wonderfull views over the Lake Yojoa. A myriad of colorful birds live in the trails that take you up in Highlands of Panacam: Collared Trogon, Bushy Crested Jay, Keel Billed Motmot and many other several species of forest raptors master the skies here as well. The forest canopy is home to noisy flocks of Parrots, Parakeets and Toucans. so we will be in the wwhole morning and after lunch we move to Copan.
Breakfast, lunch at Panacam, Dinner in Nia Lola Restaurant and Lodging at Terramaya in Copan Ruinas
We’ll make another early departure to to La Laguna Road in the morning where we hope to find the Splendid Highland Guan up in this Mountain and many other beautiful birds such as: White-breasted Hawk, Yellow Throated Brush Finch, Elegant Euphonia, Azure Crowned Hummingbird, Plain Wren and more
We will be back in Copan before Lunch after this you can visit the magnificent archaeological Mayan Site and spend three or more hours in it, there are many Scarlet Macaws which have been introduced in this place and they are flying wild into the big Park
Breakfast in the field, lunch ,Dinner at Copan Ruinas, Lodging at Terramaya Hotel
We will bird in the morning in areas close to the Hotel and then we will leave to San Pedro Sula airport.
Fitness – Easy to moderate hiking is required. For birders with moderate limitations I am able to make a special itinerary. Either way, birders will have a fantastic opportunity to views an impressive number of bird species, and the experience will be an enjoyable one.
Clothing – Dress for hot and humid tropical weather and be prepare for rain. Light clothing is recommended: cotton shirts and t-shirts (earth colors preferable), long and short pants, poncho, hiking shoes, an extra pair or sandals, hat, insect repellent and sun block.
Gear – Binoculars, scope, field guide, notebook and camera.