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MOPAWI | Río Plátano | Honduras

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Overview

North of the Amazon, the Western Hemisphere’s largest track of untouched rainforest enriches the nation of Honduras with resources and vast ecotourism potential. Moskitia Pawisa Apiska (MOPAWI), an indigenous development organization, works in this region of Central America. This isolated area contains villages of a variety of indigenous peoples: Mosquitia, Pech, Garifuna, Tawahka, and Ladino. A visit to the region, while demanding, will make a memory for life.

Accommodations

Food and lodging are rustic and traditional. Guests must have a high sense of adventure to travel in this remote region. Lodging, constructed from beautiful, local materials is simple, but comfortable. Bathhouses consist of a concrete slab for bucket bathing. Toilet facilities are private latrines. There is no electricity in these remote villages. Food is prepared in traditional local styles. Prices for food and lodging are generally low; a budget of US$ 20 per day should cover costs.

Activities

The region provides a variety of unique attractions. These include travel by dugout canoe, hiking in low- land tropical rainforest, swimming in the Caribbean, experiencing indigenous culture, sea turtle conservation, visits to sites with ancient rock carvings, and more! Extra fees are charged for these activities and vary depending on the duration; tipping guides and assistants must be included in your budget. These fees provide an important source of income for the indigenous communities.

Getting There

Most guests will use an amazing variety of transportation options to get to this isolated region: international flights, propeller plane, dugout canoe, walking, etc. Please study thoroughly all websites on options for this region. Tourist are responsible for their own travel to the Río Plátano region.

Making a Difference

MOPAWI helps protect the 815,000 hectare Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, which comprises a large portion of the rainforest. MOPAWI’s mission is to integrate sustainable, human development and nature conservation, emphasizing local ownership in community-based development. Las Marías, one of the principal villages

Contact Information

Moskitia Pawisa Apiska | 4b, 2da Calle, Tres Caminos | Apdo. Postal 2175 | Tegucigalpa, Honduras | Telephone: (504) 235-8659, 239-9234, 232-3480 | E-mail: mopawi@mopawi.org

Web Pages

www.larutamoskitia.com (lots of invaluable information)

www.mopawi.org (organizational information; Spanish)

Note: The websites provide invaluable information. However, many of the options will not directly support the excellent work of MOPAWI. Please make every effort to support the transformational work of MOPAWI!

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Author: Ecotourism Network

The director of the Ecotourism Network is Stan LeQuire. Contact us ecotourism@eastern.edu

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