Global Travel Club
Central American Travel Specialists
Patuca River Expedition
7 days / 6 nights
(Trekking, Camping, River Travel)
In the company of excellent guides this fascinating tour explores the mist shrouded rainforests and native villages of La Mosquitia. Journey by 4-wheel drive, foot, mule, pipante (dug-out canoe) and bush-plane. Experience first hand the lives of the native indians, Miskito and Tawahka, who survive within this unique ecosystem in harmony with nature.
Explore the vast La Mosquitia region of Honduras, a tropical rainforest
which forms a significant part of the remaining biological corridor that
once covered the Central American Land Bridge.
Be one of the few to trek through this remote area and travel in a dug-out canoe or "pipante" up a jungle river in the heart of the rainforest.
Search in the sand at the river's edge for the tracks of such endangered species as the tapir, jaguar and giant anteater. Armadillos, wild pigs, monkeys, alligators, toucans, red and green macaws, pink herons and many other exotic and exciting creatures also enrich the forest. In the evening, commune by the campfire with your native guides and learn about their cultures.
Day 1: Monday
Your guide will meet you at your Hotel in Tegucigalpa around 10:00 am. After a short program introduction drive from Tegucigalpa to Olancho, in the interior of Honduras interior where cowboys still roam. In Catacamas the equipment for your expedition will be prepared for you. Overnight in Catacamas.
Day 2: Tuesday
Day 3: Wednesday
The entire day is spent in and around Matamoros. Early risers may take advantage of the camp's location to spot wildlife along the river bank or in the trees. Explore the surrounding forest on a hike. In the company of your naturalist and a local guide, learn about the existing flora and fauna. There will also be time to rest at the camp, enjoying its outstanding location. Overnight in camp in Matamoros.
Remark: The Matamoros campsite is run by the Patuca Foundation in collaboration with the Grupo Ecologico Olancho, GEO, a local non-governmental organization. In 1996 the Patuca Foundation received authorization from the Honduran government to manage 105 hectares of deforested rain forest in Matamoros within the Patuca National Park. Currently, Patuca/GEO are establishing the experimental, Matamoros Model Farm in this area as a means of deterring the ever encroaching agricultural front; promoting ecotourism with the campsite infrastructure as a means of generating income for local inhabitants; and have future plans to establish a Scientific Research Station in an effort to conserve the biodiversity of Honduran tropical rain forests.
Day 4: Thursday
A relaxing day, devoted to soaking up the environment of a traditional Tawahka village and its social structure. Later, entering the forest with a Tawahkas guide, we will discover the unique ecosystem of a tropical rainforest, along with its myriad of sights, sounds and smells. At nightfall you will enjoy a local dance. Overnight in Krausirpi. Day 6: Saturday
Leaving Krausirpi we continue on the Patuca River, traveling on the edge of the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve. During the day you will pass various Tawahkas and Miskitos villages. At the day's end arrive in Wampusirpi for an overnight stay in a simple guest house.
Day 7: Sunday
|Remark: The tour to the Patuca River has the character of an expedition. Good physical condition is recommended. All equipment is provided and you will be accompanied by your own very experienced bi-lingual guide. In case of an emergency there is a helicopter on order by radio. The places visited are very basic, one shares the lifestyle of the local people and experiences daily life in the rain forest.|
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