Time: 8 hours
Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge is located just 33 km from La Ceiba on the Caribbean coast. The area forms a triangle encompassed by the Cuero and Salado rivers, as well as the coast. It encompasses around 25,000 acres and was designated a protected area in 1986 because of its endangered manatee population, as well as the complex series of saltwater and freshwater wetlands it contains. There are fifteen river basins, originating in the Nombre de Dios mountain range that directly influence the refuge.
Transportation to the park from La Ceiba is by Taxi or by Bus and we will arrange that for you. When you arrive at La Union, a small “banana” train will take you to Campamento Salado, an outpost for the processing of coconuts that belongs to the Standard Fruit Co. This little train is an relic of the old days when the only transportation system within the north coast of Honduras was the railroad. Here you will find the brand new Cuero y Salado visitor’s center which offers light foods, information for the tourist, and general information regarding the refuge and its natural environment. Good clean bathroom facilities are also available here. This is where you will pay the entrance fee to the refuge and get your guide for your adventure. The beach is only 50 m from the visitors center, so don’t forget to bring your bathing suit to take a swim at the beach!
There are three distinct river trips and one land trail for your enjoyment. Taking the river trips your chances of seeing manatees are still slim, but many visitors do get a chance to see them, especially early in the morning or late in the evening in the Boca Cerrada area of the refuge, which is on the western end of the park. However you will see a lot of wildlife throughout your trip as the park refuge protects about 35 species of animals, including jaguar, jabirus, whiteface and other species of monkeys, as well as alligators and a great diversity of fish species. The area is also rich in bird life, with 198 different species (about 28% of the total bird species found in Honduras). There is also a rich variety of vegetation supporting the animal life, including primary forests, lush mangroves and different types of palm.
Please wear hats, long sleeved clothes and jeans, as well as water, insect repellent and sun cream.
Rio Sico San Esteban to Puente La Balsa: 4 days
Kayaking: Guided Trips and Courses - Class I or V rapids
Rafting/kayaking class II and III-IV
Nature Experience, 3 nights outdoors with campfire & tent.
2/3 Days Hiking.
2/3 Days horse back riding.
Rafting Class V - Full Day
Inflatable Kayak - Class II to IV rapids on the Cangrejal river
Time: 8 hours
On a clear day you can see Cayos Cochinos, these small islands are visible to the east-northeast of La Ceiba. The Cayos are made up of two islands as well as a series of smaller keys. Cayos Cochinos is National Marine Park in Honduras and is protected by law. Of the two small islands, Cochino Grande and Cochino Pequeño, only the larger one is inhabited. There is a very nice dive resort, called Plantation Beach Resort located here. On Cochino Pequeño there is a small station of scientists and park rangers, and they strictly control the park. Although normally difficult to get to and very dependent on good weather, Cayos Cochinos is a worthwhile trip.
To begin your trip we arrange for a driver to take you to Sambo Creek where you will board a small boat or Panga for the 1 hour trip to the Cayos. Once there you will receive instruction from park ranger on how to treat the area properly and then your captain will give you your equipment and off you go snorkling. On the way home he will give you a tour around the islands and back to Sambo Creek.
Please bring: Shorts, T-shirt, light shoes, sun cream, sun hat, insect repellent and your camera.