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Los Pinos | Honduras

Overview

Los Pinos Environmental Center is nestled in Cerro Azul Meambar National Park. The park, located in the heart of Honduras, offers one of the highest cloud forests in the country, reaching 2080 m (6656 feet). Visitors enjoy jungle wilderness, clean air and amazing biodiversity of flora and fauna. The park covers an area of 312 square kilometers.

Accommodations

Los Pinos offers a wide range of accommodations to visitors including full cabins, bedrooms and camping facilities. Conference accommodations are available for up to 110 people. Prices are reasonable for an overnight stay. Cabins are about US$5 pp per night and camping is about $1.50 pp per night. A dining facility is available; kitchen services can be arranged for about US$3-5 per meal with advance notice.

Activities

Visitors can enjoy watching exotic birds, studying plant and wildlife and hikes to the many beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking views. Facilities also include a small food store on site.

Getting There

Most guests will fly in and out of San Pedro Sula, a full service international airport. A tourist promotional office opened in San Pedro Sula in 2007 to provide reservation and transportation services for national and international tourists who come to Honduras looking for enjoying high quality ecotourism experiences. A four wheel drive vehicle is necessary to travel to Los Pinos.

Making a Difference

Los Pinos is a part of a new movement of socially-responsible tourism which has as its mission the care of the environment, local culture and community development. Operated by Proyecto Aldea Global, Los Pinos employs 24 people full time from the local community. The organization uses paid and volunteer staff from local indigenous Lenca villages to carry out its ministries of creation care and poverty alleviation.

Contact Information

Proyecto Aldea Global | panacamtours@paghonduras.org | panacam@paghonduras.org | 011+ (504)-608-5510

Web Page

www.paghonduras.org


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La Naturaleza | Honduras

Overview

La Naturaleza overlooks beautiful Lake Yojoa near the Cerro Azul Meambar National Park. Cerro Azul is located in the heart of Honduras and offers one of the highest cloud forest in country, reaching 2080 meters (6656 feet). With the park covering 312 square kilometers, it is a wonderful place for visitors to enjoy jungle wilderness and clean air.

Accommodations

La Naturaleza includes a delightful restaurant serving local cuisine, a visitor center for the park, and a natural history museum. Overnight facilities are available on sight and at Los Pinos, which is thirty minutes from La Naturaleza and requires a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Activities

The La Naturaleza offers wonderful local cuisine, hiking on park trails swimming,

visiting a natural history museum, and more!

Getting There

Most guests will fly in and out of San Pedro Sula, a full service international airport. A tourist promotional office opened in San Pedro Sula in 2007 to provide reservation and transportation services for national and international tourists who come to Honduras looking for enjoying high quality ecotourism experiences. La Naturaleza is located on the major highway (CA 5) which connects San Pedro Sula with Tegucigalpa.

Making a Difference

La Naturaleza is a part of a new movement of socially-responsible tourism which has as its mission in the care of the environment, local culture and community development. La Naturaleza Environmental Education Center seeks to create environmental awareness through educational conferences, movies, and the natural history museum. Procedures from the center go toward environmental protection initiatives in the local community. Operated by Proyecto Aldea Global, La Naturaleza employs 24 people full time from the local community. The organization uses paid and volunteer staff from local indigenous Lenca villages to carry out its ministries of care for creation and poverty alleviation.

Contact Information

Proyecto Aldea Global | 011 + (504) 608-5510 | panacamtours@paghonduras.org | panacam@paghonduras.org

Web Page

www.paghonduras.org


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MOPAWI | Río Plátano | Honduras

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!