With all of the cold and snowy weather that those of us in much of the eastern US have been dealing with, my mind has been drifting back to a trip that I took to Honduras last November. Honduras has definitely not been fully explored by birders but the Lodge at Pico Bonito, where we stayed, is showing the world that the country is full of birding hotspots. From the second we arrive to the second we left, there were wonderful birds to be seen.
The birding around the lodge property is incredible and the variety of birds that you can see from the deck in the dinning room gives you a glimpse of the diversity without even having to take a hike! There are tons of hummingbird feeders feet from where you sit and many other species feeding on the fruiting trees that surround the deck.
If you head out hiking on the trails around the lodge, there is a totally different mix of species for you to see! The trails wind through some amazing forest and lead you to a few towers that take you up into the canopy of the forest offering eye level looks at some pretty awesome species like Keel-billed Toucan and Collared Aracari! In addition to the birds, there are many butterflies, lizards, and snakes. You’ll also be blown away by the beauty of the scenery on every hike!
The Lodge, surrounding national park, and nearby Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge combine to boast an incredible bird list of over 500 bird species! While I was on just a week long trip, we saw well over 200 species. I can’t think of a more wonderful lodge to stay at while spending a week checking out one of the top birding hotspots in Central America!