Honduran Tour Agencies
While many international tour operators run tours to Honduras, they are almost always contracted out through local operators, such as those mentioned here. Booking directly will save you a bundle. A bundle! Most are based in La Ceiba, Copán, or San Pedro Sula, but have offices in other parts of the country and the U.S., as well. Most operators include lodging and airfare, though it depends on the package you buy. In most instances, they all provide regional flights and lodging.
Arrecife Tours (tel. 504/2516-0955; www.arrecifetours.com) runs complete package tours of Honduras, covering the most visited sites, from their U.S. and Honduras offices.
Garífuna Tours (tel. 504/2440-3252; www.garifunatours.com) is one of the most popular group adventure tour operations in the country. While they specialize in daylong trips to the national parks along the North Coast near La Ceiba and Tela, they also run package tours to the Bay Islands and Copán.
Roatán Charters (tel. 800/282-8932; www.roatan.com) is a one-stop shop for almost any tour, regional flight, or hotel in Honduras or Belize, though they focus mostly on the Bay Islands.
Jungle River Tours (tel. 504/2440-1268; www.jungleriverlodge.com) is a budget operator that focuses on adventure activities such as rafting, kayaking, and hiking in select destinations along the North Coast.
La Moskitia Ecoaventuras (tel. 504/2414-5798; www.lamoskitiaecoaventuras.com) is run by internationally known naturalist Jorge Salaverri, who has worked tirelessly to promote ecotourism in the country and helped set up several of the national parks and involve the local communities. They offer everything from 10- to 14-day rafting trips in the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve and explorations in even more remote parts of La Mosquitia to day hikes and kayak trips in national parks along the North Coast.
La Ruta Moskitia (tel. 504/2406-6782; www.larutamoskitia.com) is a grassroots tourism initiative that arranges a wide variety of day tours and guided 4- to 9-day excursions with cultural groups in La Mosquitia.
MC Tours (tel. 504/2651-4453; www.mctours-honduras.com) is one of the largest operators in the country and offers a range of tours covering nearly every major tourist destination.
Omega Tours (tel. 504/2440-0334; www.omegatours.info) gives a range of adventure tours, like rafting trips on the Río Plátano, and multi-activity tours from their lodge along the Río Cangrejal. They have the most complete horseback-riding excursions among all of the tour operators.
For more information on escorted general-interest tours, including questions to ask before booking your trip, see www.frommers.com/planning.
U.S. & International-Based Adventure Tour Operators
These agencies and operators specialize in well-organized and coordinated tours that cover your entire stay. Many travelers prefer to have everything arranged and confirmed before arriving in Honduras, and this is a good idea for first-timers and during the high season. Most of these operators, however, are not cheap, with 10-day tours generally costing in the neighborhood of $1,800 to $3,000 per person, not including airfare.
Gap Adventures (tel. 800/708-7761; www.gapadventures.com) has adventure and leisure tours in more than 100 countries, including Honduras.
Journey Latin America (tel. 020/8747-8315; www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk) is a specialty travel agency focusing on all Latin American destinations. They have several trips in Honduras covering the Bay Islands, Copán, and the North Coast, which can all be booked in conjunction with trips elsewhere in the region.
Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance/MEA (tel. 800/682-0584; www.travelwithmea.org) offers a handful of very specific, all-inclusive, multiday tours in Honduras that explore many of the top and most remote national parks in the country.
Mountain Travel Sobek (tel. 888/831-7526; www.mtsobek.com), an off-the-beaten-track adventure travel operator that is no stranger to luxury, has 7- to 9-day trips that begin and end in San Pedro Sula and take in both the reef and rainforest.
Overseas Adventure Travel (tel. 800/493-6824; www.oattravel.com) offers good-value natural history and "soft adventure" itineraries with optional add-on excursions. Tours are limited to 16 people and are guided by naturalists. All accommodations are in small hotels, lodges, or tent camps. Their Honduras itineraries are usually part of larger Central America tours that take in several countries over several weeks.