This trip provides an excellent opportunity for visitors with limited time who would like to know La Mosquitia and part of the Rio Platano Reserve. During this expedition, you will see people and villages of three ethnic cultures of Honduras: Miskito, Pech and Garifuna, as well as different ecosystems such as mangroves, coastal lagoons, and tropical rainforest. We shall also cross the territory where English pirates used to hide and see the vestiges of the last big lumber company operating in the Mosquitia, which built a railroad to transport the "red gold" (mahogany wood) out of this Indigenous territory. This area is also famous for its beautiful scenery around the Ibans lagoon and the Baltimore peak. A great variety of birds will delight us with their songs and elegant colors and with luck we might even see some large mammals and reptiles, such as tapirs, jaguars, otters and crocodiles.
Fly from La Ceiba to Palacios (50 min). Transfer in motor dug-out to Raista, a Miskito community - 2.5 hrs.
After breakfast we walk to La Nueva Jerusalem (1 hr), where our motorized canoe will take us to the Platano River and Las Marias village, where we stay overnight. (6 hrs.)
After breakfast we travel by pipantes (dug-out canoes) up the Platano River to visit the Walpaul-bansirpe petroglyphs. (4 hrs upriver and 1.5 hr. jungle hiking). In the afternoon, we return to Las Marias (2 hrs.).
After breakfast, we return to Raista by dug out motor boat from where we will eat lunch and then continue by tuc tuc (motorized canoe) to the Garifuna village of Plaplaya (1 hr.). In the afternoon, we'll have time to visit the village. In evening at Plaplaya you will enjoy a colorful Garifuna dance show.
After breakfast, we leave for Palacios (45 min.), where we will catch our flight back to La Ceiba.
- Basic lodging
Not included: airport taxes, gratuities to guides, drivers, porters or waiters and expenses of personal nature.