Outdoor Escape in Honduras
Hiking, kayaking, and rafting in Honduras. Hike The hike in Pico Bonito National Park takes you through the pristine rainforest to many waterfalls and allows a beautiful scenic view of the mountains. During the hike you can jump into crystal clear pools of water and can shower under an 80m waterfall. Toucans, hummingbirds, different species of monkeys and other interesting animals are also a part of this amazing nature hike.
Three days of hiking and two nights of camping in the jungle await you in the Pico Bonito National Park. The hike leads you through the primary rainforest with views of waterfalls like the El Bejuco, creeks, and steep terrain. The views of nature are breathtaking. In the park you will find tropical vegetation, waterfalls with crystal clear streams,and wild animals.
Four days of rafting, kayaking and camping await you. This nature experience takes place near San Esteban in Olancho, in the East of Honduras. While being on the river, amazing wildlife can be spotted and you can experience two small villages along the way. Camping outdoors at night completes this adventure. The level of difficulty ranges between rafting and kayaking of class II up to III-IV, depending on the rapids along the river.
- National Park of Pico Bonito
- Waterfall of El Bejuco
- River of Cangrejal
Outdoor Escape in Honduras
Day 1: Arrival to Honduras
Upon arrival a representative will meet you at the airport to drive you to your lodge.
Day 2: Hiking in the rainforest
On this gentle hike you will discover the treasures of the rainforest in a local botanical garden. A backyard in a village transformed into a great trail with foliage and hanging vines as handrails. The family incorporates the most important and fantastic plants of the valley. As a highlight a 500 year old Strangle Vine Tree awaits you at the end of the trail and you can climb up 20 ft into it.
After a 5 minute ride from the Jungle Lodge to the Botanical Garden, the hike begins. With a family member, you will walk along a trail and learn a lot about orchids, cedar trees, zapote trees, and other beautiful plants. Hiking uphill, we stop along the way to learn more about the several plants, for example how the vines grow. The giant old Strangle Vine Tree is a perfect place for a break and for spotting bats if you are lucky. You can also climb up to the middle of the tree.
The second part of the trail is downhill where you can watch leaf cutter ants and also learn a little bit about their lives. At some wooden tables, we will stop for a picnic and enjoy an amazing view over the valley.
After the picnic we will return to the family house. There you can try some oranges, palm tree nuts, or other treasures of their own plantation, depending on the season.
Day 3: Hiking and camping in the rainforest
The tour begins at the Jungle Lodge with a hike down to Rio Cangrejal. At the river, you can either casually swim or jump off a 20ft cliff into a deep river pool. A 20 minute walk through the giant riverbed follows before reaching the jungle. At midday you will hike along a track and then continue hiking along the El Bejuco Waterfall (250 feet). In this pristine rainforest we will camp at the bottom of the waterfall. This spot allows incredible views over the Cangrejal valley and the Caribbean coast. A therapeutic massage can be enjoyed under a nearby 25 ft waterfall. The amazing day ends with a campfire where an over-the-fire dinner will be cooked by the tour guide. After twilight,around 6:00 pm, the nocturnal animals awake and you can listen to their sounds.
Day 4: Jungle breakfast and full day of hiking
Today you will have a campfire breakfast in the middle of the jungle. Afterwards, you hike with a daypack up the mountain and return on another track to explore different parts of the rainforest. A variety of vegetation and nature can be discovered along the way. You can shower under the waterfall, enjoy a campfire dinner, and sleep surrounded by the sounds of the jungle.
Day 5: Hike back to the river
Today a hike down to the foot of the waterfall begins after another breakfast in the rainforest. While walking, you will follow the Bejuco Creek and be able to jump into a crystal clear pool and receive a massage under a 30 feet waterfall. Back at the river Cangrejal, we cross it at knee-deep water, forming a chain walking barefoot. After hiking for 20 more minutes, you reach the Jungle Lodge where you can relax in one of the hammocks or in the pool.
Day 6: Travel to the wild east of the country
The tour starts early in the morning at the Jungle Lodge and after five hours transportation San Esteban in Olancho will be reached. Here you can see “cowboys” on their horses with their hats, jeans and boots. Once you strapped the gear in kayaks or rafts, three hours of floating downriver follow. It starts with easy class II rapids. In the evening, a camp will be set up and you can sleep under the stars.
Day 7 - 8: Kayaking and rafting
For two days you will float through stunning nature including an amazing gorge with changing colors on the rocks. In the gorge you experience long class III rapids. Lots of jungle, two authentic villages and several animals, especially birds, will be experienced and discovered along the way. At nights, a camp will be set up on river banks and a campfire creates a cozy atmosphere.
Day 9: Rafting to the bridge of La Balsa
The day starts with a campfire breakfast before rafting about ½ day in order to reach the Bridge of La Balsa. Here the rafting and kayaking adventure ends and you will be picked up to get back to La Ceiba within about 4 hours. There you can enjoy a night in the Jungle Lodge near Rio Cangrejal and you can relax in one of the hammocks or in the pool.
Day 10: Departure
Unfortunately today ends this amazing adventure, a driver will take you back to the international airport of San Pedro for your return flight.