Four-wheel drive adventure across Honduras
10 days / 9 nights from/to San Pedro Sula
Day 6: Cerro Azul Meambar National Park
Today we explore the magnificent tropical forest types of the Cerro Azul Meambar National Park. Ranging from 415 to 2,080 m, the park contains coffee plantations, lowland humid forests, pine forest, and cloud forest. The rare elfin forest, which is a bizarre ecosystem of stunted oak and pine trees, covered with moss and lichen, can be found on the highest peaks in the centre of the park. Due to its location at the transition from the hot northern lowlands to the cooler, more arid mountain country, Cerro Azul Meambar supports an unusually diverse animal population. We hike to the interchange zone between the tropical rainforest and the tropical cloud forest enjoying impressive views of the lake. In the afternoon we hike to an idyllic waterfall where we take a refreshing bath.
Day 7: Cerro Azul Meambar - Tegucigalpa
After breakfast we transfer to Tegucigalpa, driving through fascinating landscapes in Honduras. On the way, we visit the ancient capital Comayagua with its colonial heritage and a small historic museum. The church of the Immaculate Conception, known as the Cathedral, houses one of the oldest clocks in America, which dates from AD 1100. The origin of the today's capital Tegucigalpa dates back to the 16th century and is linked to the discovery of silver deposits in the surrounding areas. In the afternoon we visit the colonial mining town Valle de Ángeles. The Valley Valle de Angeles is considered as Honduras' national handcraft centre. Famous traditional crockery made by the Lenca people and much more is for sale. 1 overnight in Tegucigalpa.
Day 8: Tegucigalpa - Trujillo
Early in the morning we depart from the Tegucigalpa region to Olancho, Honduras' interior where cowboys still roam and 4x4s are the only way through the rough land. Our journey goes through beautiful, nearly uninhabited landscapes. The streets are simple earth roads. Get enchanted by the rural surroundings and the inherent natural beauty. The region is most sparsely populated. It can take us hours to see an oncoming vehicle. From the highlands down to the Caribbean coast we constantly lose height. The contrast between the wide, unspoiled plains and the palm-lined beaches of the Caribbean will elate you. We reach the Caribbean town of Trujillo in the late afternoon. 2 overnights in Trujillo.
Day 9: Trujillo
Today we discover the rich history of Trujillo, where Columbus set foot for the first time on Central American soil in 1502 on his fourth and last voyage to the New World. Today's Trujillo was founded by Hernan Cortés' command about 20 years later. Under Spanish rule Trujillo became the capital of Honduras, but because of its vulnerability the capital was changed to the inland town of Comayagua. Pirates destroyed Trujillo several times during the seventeenth and eighteenth century. We visit the fortress, Fortaleza de Santa Bárbara, and the last resting-place of the English pirate William Walker. Afterwards we drive to the nearby Garífuna communities of Santa Fé and Guadalupe. In the afternoon there is time to enjoy a refreshing bath in the sea and the beautiful beach.
Day 10: Trujillo - San Pedro Sula
You are transferred back to San Pedro Sula, where the journey ends. We travel through some of the most picturesque scenic areas of Honduras. En route we visit La Ceiba, one of the merriest towns in Honduras. Before reaching Tela we visit the Lancetilla Botanical Garden. The United Fruit Company founded the gardens more than 80 years ago as an experimental botanical site. If you wish, your guide can drop you of at the airport in La Ceiba in order to catch a flight to the Bay Islands. He can also take you to one of the beautiful hotels on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. Please ask for more details. End of program.
9 nights lodging including breakfast
Transfers in 4x4 vehicle according to itinerary
Mesoamerica Travel Guide day 1-10
Entrance fees and local guides
16% local taxes
Rates valid until 15.12.2013
Price Per Person
2 persons U$ 1789.-
3 persons U$ 1387.-
4 persons U$ 1254.-
Wholesalers and Retailers please ask for special conditions.