Sunday, January 28, 2007
The Lodge at Pico Bonito in Honduras
On my recent trip to Honduras, I was fortunate enough to stay at the The Lodge at Pico Bonito located in the buffer zone of the Parque Nacional Pico Bonito, the largest National Park in Honduras. This luxurious ecolodge opened in 2000 and is now considered to be one of the finest in the world. The lodge’s mission is not only to give its guests a comfortable base for exploring Pico Bonito but also to protect the region’s flora and fauna. Presided over by 8000-foot-high Pico Bonito, the park covers over 264,000 acres of unspoiled tropical jungle and cloud forest that is home to more than 325 species of birds as well as peccaries, tapirs, jaguars, and many other rare and threatened animals.
Highlight of my stay was an early morning bird walk, where we spotted an assortment of exotic birds, including parrots and toucans, followed by a tour of the lodge’s extensive grounds with a local guide. Trails winding through orange and cacao groves took us to a butterfly farm where butterflies are bred and then exported to collectors around the globe. We then spent time in the adjacent Butterfly House, a spacious netted enclosure filled with fluttering butterflies. Next stop was the Serpentarium, which houses a variety snakes – both harmless and venomous – found in Honduras. We also visited an organic vegetable garden that supplies fresh produce for the lodge’s gourmet restaurant. Our excursion ended with a blissful swim in a crystal-clear mountain stream only a short hike away.
For more information about The Lodge at Pico Bonito, call toll free 1-888-428-0221 or visit their Website.