Tours


Pico Bonito

Unquestionably one of the most diverse parks in Central America, Pico Bonito covers an extension of land that goes from sea level to as high as 7,500ft, and in effect boasts the largest change of altitude in Honduras. Named after the mountain that lies just south of La Ceiba, Pico Bonito has become a landmark for La Ceiba, and without doubt playing an important role in making of La Ceiba an important eco tourism destination in the years to come. Although access to the park is quite limited, it is possible to visit some of the lower parts of the park. About 19 km west of La Ceiba, on the highway to Tela and San Pedro Sula, just past the El Pino Community is an entrance to the park. Almost immediately after passing the Quebrada Seca Bridge you will take the second detour to the left and follow the road towards the mountain range for about one mile. Here you will find the start of the Zacate River trail, which is about 1 ½ miles long.

The trail leads you up into the forest following the course of the crystal clear Zacate River. At the end of the trail a spectauclar waterfall will reward you. En route, you will find many refreshing and inviting swimming holes. A variety of tropical birds, including the keel-billed toucan are easily seen along the trail. With luck, white-faced monkeys might also be seen.

Cayos Cochinos

Lying just a few miles off the coast of La Ceiba, Cayos Cochinos can usually be seen from the coast on a clear day. The Cayos Cochinos are a group of two small islands (Cayo Menor and Cayo Grande) and 13 small coral cays situated 30 kilometers northeast of La Ceiba on the northern shores of Honduras. Since 1993, the Cayos Cochinos were designated a Marine Protected Area and in 2003, it was further declared a Marine Natural Monument with the Honduras Coral Reef Fund (HCRF) administering the conservation of the area.

Cayos Cochinos forms part of the world’s second largest Barrier Reef system, known as the Meso-American Barrier Reef system, and have been identified by the Smithsonian Institute, The Nature Conservancy, the Word Wildlife Fund and the World Bank as one of the key sections of the Barrier Reef system to preserve. The reefs are the least disturbed ecosystems in the Bay Islands complex and have had a strong and active NGO working with local communities, private sector bodies and government organizations to help manage the reefs and their fisheries over the last 10 years. For the purposes of conservation and the maintenance of the natural monument, there is a tariff upon entering the protected area based upon the number of people and length of stay. The general admission tariff for foreigners is $10.00 USA per person, however some discounts can apply depending on whether you are using local guides or you are a Honduran citizen.

Cuero y Salado

Cuero y Salado Wild life refuge is located next to La Ceiba on the sunny Caribbean coast. The area forms a triangle encompassed by the Cuero and Salado rivers, it’s composed of a complex series of salt water and fresh water wetlands. Fifteen river basins originating from the beautiful “Nombre de Dios Mountain”. It also protects a great quantity of animal species, among them the manatee.

A visit to this beautiful vegetation and animal sanctuary is something that the tourist can’t miss. The trip is really exhilarating because any animal can show up just about anywhere. You’ll enjoy this opportunity to delve deep into the jungle and experience a close encounter with all sort of endangered species.

It has an information center that gives the tourist a brief explanation about the area and it´s wildlife, it has exhibiting murals and also a room equip for visiting technical and scientific personnel.

Trujillo

Trujillo lies on the “north” coast of Honduras at the foot of Mounts Capira and Calentura on a small bluff overlooking the beautiful and expansive bay of Trujillo. Those of us from the U. S. think of Central America as having an east (Caribbean) and west (Pacific) coast, but if you look at the map you will understand that a great deal of the Caribbean coast of Honduras runs east/west and in reality faces due north.

Behind the historic town of Trujillo (area population approximately 30,000), rise Mounts Capira and Calentura to an elevation slightly exceeding 4,000 feet. Luckily the mountains have been made a national park and have received some funding (mainly from Canada) that has insured some level of protection. The historic downtown encompasses only a dozen or so blocks, a cathedral, central plaza, historic Spanish fort, and unrenovated buildings of early Spanish and nineteenth century French colonial derivation. Hopefully, the powers that be in Honduras and Trujillo will insure that the appealing historic ambience of the city will be preserved and enhanced. Unfortunately, the Glynn family has purposely taken the roof off of one of the most historic structures on the square, the old Hotel Central, and allowed the centuries old adobe structure underneath to dissolve. The Honduras Department of History and Anthropology did not intervene and mandate preservation of this important structure, so it is now gone and has been replaced by a cinder block building with pvc columns. Let’s hope that more attention is paid to the historic center of Trujillo in the future.

Utila

The smallest of the three major Bay Islands, Utila lies closest to the Honduran Mainland and is by far the flattest of the islands. Utila is located approximately 18 miles from the coast and can be easily reached from La Ceiba either by sea or air. Utila is serviced by the Utila Princess passenger ferry providing a total of two daily departures, making it easy to get to Utila from La Ceiba. The Ferry departs from the Muelle de Cabotaje in La Ceiba. The trip takes only one hour on this fast motor vessel. Tickets can be purchased directly at the dock. For schedules check our information chart at the transportation information on the first pages of this publication. Arrival in Utila is at the municipal dock, conveniently located in the central area of east harbor. Air service is available daily via Sosa Airlines. There are some charter air services available from both La Ceiba and Roatan that can help you get in or out of Utila.

The main town in Utila is known as East Harbour or simply Utila, and is located on the eastern side of the Island, between the Upper Lagoon and the Lower Lagoon. The Upper Lagoons entrance is between the old airstrip and town, precisely where the only bridge in the road between the airport and town is located. Thus, some of the rooms and dive shops are actually located right on the lagoon, such as Sharkeys Reef and Crosscreek Hotel. The main road is paved until the end of town, however, a dirt road continues and will take you as far as Blue Bayou, which is very popular with many backpackers and offers one of the few beaches in Utila. The Blue Bayou is located at the entrance to the Lower Lagoon.

TOUR 1 DAY

Tours and Transfers Price 1-2 person Price per person 3 or more pax
Cangrejal River Tour Check our prices at front desk Check our prices at front desk
Río María Tour - -
Pico Bonito Tour - -
Cacao Lagoon Tour - -
Cayos Cochinos Tour - -
Cuero y Salado wild life refuge - -
Rafting Tour - -
Canopy Tour - -
Trujillo Tour 1 day - -
Utila Tour 1 day - -
Scuba diving 2 inmersions at Cayos Cochinos - -

*Including 2 person breakfast

TOUR 3 DAYS (2 PAX, 3 NIGTHS / 4 DAYS)

Tour Activities
Day 1 Hotel Art Deco Beach reception
Day 2 Cayos Cochinos Tour
Day 3 Pico Bonito Tour (visit serpentarium and butterfly farm)
Day 4 Check out

TOUR 4 DAYS (2 PAX, 4 NIGTHS / 5 DAYS)

Tour Activities
Day 1 Hotel Art Deco Beach reception
Day 2 Cayos Cochinos Tour
Day 3 Pico Bonito Tour
Day 4 Utila Tour 1 day
Day 5 Check out

3 pax or more, call us or send email to: hotelartdecobeach@hotmail.com