Villas Pico Bonito

Villas Pico Bonito, Jungle Eco Lodge. A hidden paradise in Pico Bonito National Park. Featuring self contained lodges on the banks of the Rio Cangrejal. Beautiful infinity pool with views of the Waterfall and Jungle cliffs. Hidden Paradise Bar and Grill. Wireless internet in certain Lodges and public areas. Great hiking in park, mountain biking, white water rafting and zip lining. We are just a short ride to the Bay Island ferries. A splendid holiday destination.

We work with all tour companies to arrange your activities and tours.  Please let us quote if you are traveling in a group.  We tailor tours to your capabilities especially with younger children so the whole family can enjoy the tour together. If you are joining us during one of the holiday periods, if possible, let us know what you would like us to arrange for you. Sometimes we get busy and some of the tours may be booked. So let us know!


Jungle Hiking up to El Bejuco Waterfall

This trip can be done without a guide, however it is a good idea to hire a guide to take you through the trail as there is so much to learn about the Cloud Forest you will be hiking through.  We can arrange a guide for you if you wish. $65 for English speaking guide. $45 for Spanish spaeking guide
There are two ways to access the interior of the park, Los Lobos or the tourist center bridge.  Both are a short walk from Villas Pico Bonito. The Los Lobos entrance requires that you ford the river.  Once you wade across, you will climb up along the side of the El Bejuco Creek. After only 20 minutes, you reach the first waterfall where you can jump into the pond and take a shower under the crystal clear waterfall.  This trip takes around 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete
The other entrance is accessed via a hanging bridge over the river. The trail leads to the beautiful El Bejuco waterfall.  Rates for trail access are $10.00 USA dollars per adult and $5.00 US dollars for children. Discounts are available for groups and volunteers. The visitor’s center here has a small souvenir shop, as well as an exhibit regarding the park. This hike usually takes around 4 to 4 1/2 hours to complete.
We recommend water bottles, proper shoes, long trousers, insect repellent, camera.  If fording or planning to swim, a swimsuit or shorts and a dry pack.
There are many other hikes close by.  If it is waterfalls you want to see, there are 3 within a 5 minute walk from Villas Pico Bonito.  The Guaruma, the Vampiro and the Mapuche are also close by, so there are plenty to choose from.A suggestion on a great read, Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America by Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata.  This book is easy to read and prepares you for your hikes through the rain forests.


Rafting the Rio Cangrejal - Half Day

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Time: About 4 hours $50 per person. Start time 8.30 am or 1.30 pm

  • Low-Medium flows - a 'half and half' consisting and a half river hike and half rafting session down the main gorge of class III-IV rapids. The river hike involves some gentle climbing through and around the big boulders that surround the river bed into the Pico Bonito National Park, some cliff jumping and floating down some of the milder rapids.

  • Medium flows - a full rafting session through the main gorge and on down the river to some more rapids and cliff jumps if you dare.

  • High flows - the trip runs a lot faster so we run the lower section twice from the bottom of the main gorge section. Some huge flows and a much faster flow to get your adrenaline going.

Please bring: shorts, T-shirt, river sandals or tennis shoes, sun cream.


White Water Swimming / River Hiking

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Time: 3 - 4 hrs $50 Start time 8.30 am or 1.30 pm

This tour is usually done when the river is too low for continuous rafting. White water river swimming, jumping, sliding and floating between giant boulders in warm water (no wetsuits!).  You will travel through the jungle in and around the Rio Cangrejal, in the Pico Bonito National Park.  The start is easy, we float through small waves between giant rocks and surf alongside house-size boulders. Later on we jump off cliffs, slide down boulders and float through friendly Class II rapids, feet first in our life jackets and helmets. You might not want to do a jump, slide or rapid? No problem, your guide will show you an alternative route.

Please bring: Shorts or swimsuit, T-shirt, river sandals or tennis shoes, sun cream.


Horseback Riding in the Cangrejal Valley

Time: 3~4 hours 10.30am return 2pm $72 

Your horse will take you through Jungle villages located between two national parks. You will learn about these villages and the Hondurans who live there, all the while chatting with your local guide. Along the way, take a cooling swim in a spectacular natural pool. Taking this ride will help a sustainable tourism project to progress. A unique way to explore nature in the gorgeous Cangrejal River valley and get to know the local culture.

The ride starts as you meet your guide and the horses. The horses live here in the jungle and love to take you out on the trails to discover the valley with its beautiful views and authentic small villages. Your guide will help you get ready for the ride. We leave and head further up into the valley through the villages of El Naranjo and Las Mangas. Once through, we leave the horses in a nice shady spot and meet up with a young, well trained nature guide from the village. He or she will take us on a very interesting little hike, pointing out many plants, trees and possibly animals along the way.

For a refreshing break we stop at an inviting, crystal clear, natural pool along a hidden jungle river for a cool swim and to take in the breathtaking scenery. Perfect time to cool off and enjoy a tasty picnic lunch.

We part with our nature guide and return to our refreshed horses who are waiting with great patience and keen to show us more incredible views of the valley and the Cangrejal River on our ride back through the villages and home.

Please bring proper shoes, long trousers, insect repellant, swimsuit or shorts. Got your own camera, water bottle? - bring them.


Mountain Biking

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Time: 5 hrs $50 per person Start time 9am 4 hours

Experience nature, spectacular views, and Jungle villages via mountain bike! To start, we take an exceptional 4x4 ride up the Cangrejal River Valley, along the fringe of Pico Bonito National Park.  On this trip we admire inspiring views, experience how locals live.  This is a great way for those who want to experience other cultures!

At the end of the road, we arrive in Urraco, a village almost at the Peak of the Gracias A Dios Mountain Range, where the biking adventure begins. We ride downhill, downstream, and down the valley to the wood-cutter village of Urraco and Toncontin and then to Yaruca, a small farming village. After Yaruca, we cross the bridge where the three rivers meet and make our way towards the mountains. We might head to La Colorada, depending on the water level of the Rio Viejo, a truly authentic village with small adobe and thatched-roof houses and super friendly people.

In this area we see are 61 mounds cloaking the ancient temples, not yet excavated by the worlds archeologists. Upon studying the majesty and mystique, it is back on down to where we started in the morning.

Please bring: tennis shoes, shorts, sun cream, insect repellent, sun hat/cap, swim suit. Got your own water bottle, camera or daypack? Bring it! FYI: We can customize MTB trips so just let us know what you are interested in doing or seeing.


Cacao Lagoon

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Time: 5-7 hours $95 per person. 2 person minimum

Located approximately 24 km. east of La Ceiba, on the highway that leads to Trujillo. This small oceanside lagoon is totally surrounded by mangrove forests, where a variety of tropical aquatic birds can be seen. In addition, there are 8 troops of monkeys that inhabit the area, of which some are howler monkeys and the others are white face monkeys. The trip into the area is interesting, as the village makes a living from its cacao and sugar cane plantations. Cacao, a rare tropical fruit native to America was used in pre-Columbian times as money, due to the great value that the native Indians gave to it. Today, it is the main ingredient in the manufacturing of chocolate. Within the town you will have the opportunity to see the cacao bushes, as well as the sugar cane plantations. The old ox driven sugar mill, which is still in use will fascinate you. 

After enjoying the village and its people, we load our boats and set out weaving through a small Mangrove channel out into the Lagoon.  Paddling along the lagoons edge we can see and hear wildlife, here and there are a few local fishermen fishing from their dugout canoes. Before long we enter the Monkey Channel, another narrow and overgrown channel full of mangroves. This is where most of the wildlife sightings occur, lots of birds, bats and howler monkeys are often seen. 

After the scenic ride through the quiet lagoon and its mangroves, take a refreshing swim in the beach, from where you have a very beautiful view of the Cayos Cochinos, located only 15 km. away, directly in front of the beach.

On our way back to the lodge there is an option to stop at the San Luis Ranch. This is a private animal refuge station, where you can see most of the animals to be seen in Honduras.

Please bring: Shorts, swim suites T-shirt, light shoes, sun cream, sun hat, insect repellent and your camera. 


Canopy Tour with zip line and hot springs

 $65 per person inc tax. Includes Hot Springs. Mud massage + $20  2 person minimum.  Start time 8am return 1pm

The purpose of these tours is to allow you to have a thrilling adventure while gliding through the tree tops in a dense jungle and getting a “bird’s eye” perspective of life in the tropical rain forest.
Located in Sambo Creek.  This zip line has many cables and is one of the longest in Honduras.  One of the  lines is half a mile long and is where faster speeds are achieved.  We organize a driver to take you to Sambo Creek.  Once there these zip lines are accessed along a steep road where your driver will take you to the first line at the top of the mountain through the dense tropical rain forest. Once there you will glide down the first of 18 different cables that will eventually bring you close to the highway once again.

You may want to make a day of it and visit Glenda's paradise and Hot Springs. A very pleasant setting with natural hot water springs at about 40 degrees centigrade (105 Fahrenheit). Although the facilities are limited, there is also a cold water pool, an area to hang your hammock and limited food and drinks on premises. Well worth the trip to experience these crystal clear soothing waters that will help you relax your muscles. Glenda’s Paradise is open daily.

After that head on down to Sambo Creek and the great restaurants there selling Garifuna food and check out the locals dancing Punta to fast paced music!

Please bring: Shorts, T-shirt, light shoes, sun cream, sun hat, insect repellent and your camera.


Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge

Time: 8 hours Price depending on transportation approx $110 inc tax per person. Start time 8am. 2 person minimum

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.


Cayos Cochinos snorkeling boat ride.

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Time: 6 hours. Cost $60 per person including transportation. Start time 6.30am. 2 person minimum

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.


Canyoning, trekking, exploration and rappelling down waterfalls.

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Fantastic fun. Rappel down waterfalls. Professional guides. Explore the Jungle. Hike along Jungle rivers. Dependent on weather. Start time 12.30pm usually 3 to 4 hours.

$65 per person plus tax.  2 minimum


Diving

Utila and Roatan are a short ferry ride away. For more remote diving location, try Guanaja and Cayos Cochinos.  There are an amazing amount of beautiful places to dive in the Bay Islands of Honduras. Photo from Facebook Alton's Dive Shop.