24th May - after early breakfast Transfer to Copan, Honduras.
For those starting the trip in Honduras you need to arrive in San Pedro Sula, Honduras sometime on the 24th May with sufficient time to transfer to Copan on the same day.
25th May - Copan
26th May - Transfer to Omoa
27th May - San Pedro Sula
28th May - Head towards Tegucigalpa
29th May - More birding around Tegucigalpa
and transfer to La Union Olancho transfer will take 4 hours
30th May - Birding Olancho and La Muralla
Since the discovery of a large population in 2008 near La Union, the rare and difficult Ocellated Quail is now perhaps easier to see in Honduras than anywhere else within its limited range. We will focus our time here into obtaining decent views of this shy inhabitant of pine-oak woodland, searching proven sites where this species is most often recorded. With a bit of luck and skill, we stand a good chance of seeing this great bird. If we manage to see the quail well, we will explore the nearby cloud forest at La Muralla for species such as Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Unicolored Jay, and the ‘red-throated’ subspecies of Green Parakeet., other parrots present here are Red lored Amazon, White crowned Parrot, Barred Parakeet and Olive throated Parakeet,
Overnight: La Muralla Hotel
As previous day concentrating on those species we missed or didn't have the best sightings.
1st June - Transfer to La Ceiba and birding the afternoon around Rio Cangrejal
Night at Aparthotel Pico Bonito
We will travel today and explore some habitats in route in search of some species of psittacids,
2nd June - Travel to La Moskitia in search of Yellow crowned Amazon, Mealy Amazon, Scarlet Macaws, Great Green Macaws and more!
This trip provides an excellent opportunity for visitors with limited time who would like to explore La Moskitia and part of the Rio Plátano Biosphere Reserve. During this 5 day route you will see people and villages of two ethnic cultures of Honduras: Miskito and Pech, as well as different ecosystems such as beaches, mangroves, coastal lagoons, and tropical rain forests. We shall also cross over the territory where the English corsairs used to hide themselves centuries ago. This area of high cultural interaction can also boast of its beautiful scenery around the Ibans Lagoon, Pico Baltimore and its extensive wetlands. Chances are pretty high to observe a great variety of birds such as toucans, parrots, parakeets, orioles, cranes, macaws, king fishers, and many others that will delight us with their songs and elegant colours and whenever luck accompanies us we might even spot some large mammals and reptiles, like the impressive tapir, a lonely jaguar, up to three different species of monkeys, as well as reptiles such as crocodiles and turtles lying in the sun.
Your trip towards la Mosquitia begins at AT 5:00 AM with transfer to airport of La Ceiba. Flight should start at 6:00 am. On a 50 min. flight to Brus Laguna, here our botman will get us all the way up to Las Marias. After breakfast you take a motorboat trip navigating along channels and mangrove lagoons to reach Rio Platano riverbed and then continue upstream to Las Marias. You will often cross paths with miskito people carrying their agricultural goods along the river. The whole stretch along the river is very appropriate for bird watching. During the trip a convenient break is done to have lunch, stretch your legs and attend other necessities. Estimated trip duration: 7 hrs. BLD
Overnight at Las Marias
3rd June - LAS MARIAS- PETROGLYPHS
After breakfast (7:00AM), you will embark on the full day trip to the Petroglyphs of Walpaulbansirpe. To begin the day, you will be led by your local guide through Las Marías (40 min.) eventually arriving at Batiltuk. You will meet up with the rest of the crew of a traditional mahogany dugout canoe (pushed with poles and paddles) which will take you up the Rio Plátano to reach the Trail of Kuyusty. Here we will start a two hour hike into the rain forest. After lunch at Waiknatara Pech Indian farm the trip continues upriver for another 50 min. until you reach the Petroglyphs of Walpaulbansirpe. The trip back to Las Marias will take barely 2 hours. Soon after arrival it will already be time for you to eat your hot dinner at the hostel and enjoy your second night of rest at the Pech- Miskito town by Platano River. BLD
4th June - Full day Hiking To Tiro Creek – LAS MARIAS
Hike towards Tiro Creek for about five hours, about 3 km southwest of Las Marías on the Río Plátano) Most of the trip takes place through pristine rainforest where chances to spot monkeys, agouties, coatis and scarlet macaws are pretty good. You will be walking on irregular terrains with short steep slopes and some sallow creeks which will need to be crossed. The trail on this day goes steep across pristine primary rainforest and your hike in fellowship with your guide while listening to the lively sounds from the wild. Water is available in the hostel. BLD
5th June - After breakfast we start our trip back downstream by motorboat to Brus Laguna, taking about 6 hrs hours for the whole stretch with a rest stop at Rio Platano sand bar. Lunch will be available at Brus Laguna just after we get to Hotel Ciudad Blanca. In the afternoon we will take a motor boat trip to go birding the wet land channels near Brus Laguna.
OVERNIGHT AT BRUS LAGUNA
6th June - Return to La Ceiba and Travel to Roatan
After breakfast at 7:00 am we will wait for the airline to reconfirm the return time to La Ceiba and then transfer by trucks to landing strip of Brus Laguna. In normal conditions we should get back in La Ceiba at around 10:00 am this day we will fly to Roatan and spend there the next 3 nights
7th June - In search of Yucatan Parrot.
this day we will spend the morning and afternoon looking for Yucatan Parrots (Yellow-lored) and Yellow naped Amazons, Turquoise bay has been for the last few years the best spot to finds Yucatan parrots in the islands, this could be the rarest parrots in Honduras due to their habitats, We will also explore the pine forest of the island in search of other species such as Red lored Amazon which had been poorly reported.
8th June - Travel to Barbaretta in search of Amazona Auropalliata
Barbaretta Island has been for the last decades the largest refugee for Yellow naped Amazon, this place boasts approximately a population of more than 4 thousand parrots, we will travel in a boat to the island early morning so we can see the migrations they do all over the area, some of them move to Guanaja and others to Santa Elena or Roatan, as sunset arrives the clouds get full of hundreds of this creatures coming to theirs roosts,
We might spend full day in the area depending on the group.
9th June - Travel back home from Roatan International Airport
Parrots to be seen on this Ecotour
Scarlet Macaw – Ara macao
Great-green Macaw – Ara ambiguus
Red-throated Conure – Psittacara rubritorquis
Olive-throated Conure – Eupsittula nana astec
Barred Parakeet – Bolborhynchus lineola lineola
Orange-chinned Parakeet – Brotogeris jugularis jugularis
Brown-hooded Parrot – Pyrilia haematotis
White-crowned Parrot – Pionus senilis
White-fronted Amazon – Amazona albifrons nana
Yellow-lored Amazon – Amazona xantholora
Red-lored Amazon – Amazona autumnalis autumnalis
Yellow-naped Amazon – Amazona auropalliata parvipes
Yellow-naped Amazon – Amazona auropalliata caribaea
Yellow-headed Amazon – Amazona oratrix hondurensis
Yellow-headed Amazon – Amazona oratrix belizensis
Mealy Amazon – Amazona farinosa virenticeps
Mealy Amazon – Amazona farinosa guatemalae
I cannot guarantee seeing all or any of these Parrots however we will have a great guide to help us in every way possible.
We will see lots of other bird and animal species.
We also may have better chances of seeing some of the species in Belize or Guatemala.