Global Travel Club
Central American Travel Specialists

HONDURAS:
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

Leaving the vehicles at the end of the jeep trail continue on foot and with pack mules into the forests of the Cuyamel River valley. At the river's first navigable point transfer to the dugout canoe "pipante" for the journey to the first campsite at the river bank.

Bird watchers should be alert to see the endangered scarlet macaw, great green macaws, toucans and other parrots.

A two hours' journey brings you downstream to the next camp; Matamoros, located atop a river bluff, its location gives a commanding view of the river and its valley. From here onward to the Miskitocoast. Your diet consists of local balanced food with some international additions. Overnight in Matamoros.


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

Breaking camp in the early morning, continue downstream. The narrow, untouched valley of the Cuyamel reveals primary rain forest as you listen to the voices of the jungle. Suddenly, the Cayumel runs into the wide, gentle-flowing Patuca River. Bird watchers may be able to see the endangered King Vulture or the Bare-Throated Tiger Heron.

The Patuca is also home to a number of endangered large mammals, such as Jaguar and the Two-Toed Anteater. Stop for lunch on a sand bank at the riverside. Traveling the Patuca to the indigenous village of Krausirpi. Here we will spend the next two nights, observing how the Tawahkas preserve their unique history and culture. Our dinner - traditional Tawahka food, prepared by an inhabitant of the village - fortifies you as night falls on the majestic Patuca.

Day 5: Friday

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

From Wampusirpi depart by bush plane for an unforgettable aerial view of the endless palette of blues and greens of the Miskito coast and its many lagoons before arriving in the traditional Caribbean town of La Ceiba. End of program or extension of your stay with another of our itineraries.


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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