Maybe it is the overflow from Costa Rica, but this Central American country is rapidly expanding the options for heart-pounding adventure sports. The North Coast, especially in the vicinity of La Ceiba, is the epicenter of activity, but intense hikes, canopy tours, and kayak trips can be found almost anywhere in the country. This itinerary takes you through some of the most popular excursions and one spectacular multiday trek that is rarely attempted.
Day 1: Next Stop, Wonderland
Arrive in La Ceiba via connecting flight or ground transfer from the international airport at San Pedro Sula. Settle in any of the small eco-lodges along the Río Cangrejal in the buffer zone of Pico Bonito National Park and simply soak in your first day of rainforest living.
Day 2: A Whitewater Paradise
The next morning, begin your assault on Honduras by undertaking the fastest whitewater in the country. The Class III-V rapids on the Río Cangrejal allow for some of the finest whitewater rafting in Central America and take you through one of the most biodiverse regions in the country. If you are inexperienced, you can opt for a lighter section of the river for a shorter run.
Day 3: Adrenaline Junkies Get Their Fix
Your next full day in the Pico Bonito area can be filled with a half-dozen or so different adventure excursions. Maybe in the morning you will take a guided hike to El Bejuco, a thundering 91m (299-ft.) waterfall, and after lunch add a canopy tour, go climbing and rappelling, ride horseback, soak in a hot spring, or kayak in the nearby Cacao lagoon towards the coast.
Days 4-7: Reaching the Peak
Wake up early for the long drive through the mountains and forests of Olancho to the wild cowboy town of Catacamas. Get your rest, because next morning, day 5, you'll be trekking into the depths of Sierra de Agalta National Park to the summit of the 2,354m (7,723-ft.) Pico La Picucha; the trail begins at none other than the Cave of the Glowing Skulls. You'll encounter toucans; a few monkeys; blue morpho butterflies; and if you're lucky, a tapir or a jaguar as you tramp your way across the tropical forests. You will camp 2 nights, giving you ample time to search out wildlife and still get down to the base in the afternoon on day 7.
Day 8: Exploring the Unexplored
While you are nearby, you might as well check out the 4,000 hectares (9,884 acres) of primary and secondary forests at El Boquerón National Monument. Follow the one large loop trail through the 1,433m (4,701-ft.) peak of Cerro Agua Buena and be back in town in time for dinner.
Day 9: Leaving on a Jet Plane
Catch a ride to either Tegucigalpa or San Pedro Sula for your flight home.
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