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La Mosquitia & Beyond

Much of Honduras remains relatively off the beaten track, but nowhere is more isolated and unexplored than La Mosquitia. The region has everything to tempt the adventurous spirit: several endangered indigenous groups, the three longest rivers in the country, biosphere reserves, empty beaches, rare wildlife, little-known archeological sites, and the lure of lost cities. Pair it with a short trip to an authentic part of the North Coast for an itinerary few have ever tackled.

Day 1: Settle In

Arrive at La Ceiba via road or regional jet from the international airport at San Pedro Sula. Take it easy for your first day and buy any last-minute supplies.

Days 2 & 3: Bienvenidos a la Mosquitia

The next morning, fly to the adjoined Miskito villages of Raista and Belén, on the storied Mosquito Coast. If you're on a budget, make the full-day overland trip from La Ceiba via Tocoa and Palacios. Be welcomed properly to the region with a Miskito dance performance near a beachside bonfire with a traditional meal.

On day 3, take a boat trip across the Laguna de Ibans to Parú and Banaka Creeks to search for manatees, caimans, and an assortment of other wildlife. If you really want to get your hands dirty, an alternative is a half-day jungle survival course where you will learn the basics of medicinal plants and the lay of the land.

Days 4-7: Exploring the Unknown

By pipante canoe, head down the Río Plátano to the Pech and Miskito village of Las Marías in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve. Base yourself at a small Pech hospedaje, and take day or multiday trips to different parts of one of the most incredible and least visited areas of wilderness in Central America. The most common trip is upriver to the mysterious Walpaulban Sirpi petroglyphs, but there is much more to see. The 2-night/3-day round-trip guided hike to the top of the dramatic spire of Pico Dama, or the 2-day guided hike to Pico Baltimore, will give you unparalleled views of the surrounding jungle and provide ample opportunities to spot wildlife -- though these are two moderately tough hikes that you won't soon forget.

Days 8 & 9: Bruuuuuuuuuus!

Hire a boatman to take you to the frontier town of Brus Laguna. Unless you want to fish for tarpon, you will set off to the Yamari Cabañas in the strangely placed savannah in the middle of the jungle. Here, you can kayak and inner tube across the swampland and canals in search of bird life. On your last day, before catching a flight to La Ceiba from the town airstrip, explore the British fort at Cannon Island.

Days 10 & 11: One Last Bit of Excitement

Upon your transfer back to La Ceiba, make your way to the blossoming Garífuna village of Sambo Creek for a few days of seafood stew and adventure excursions like canopy tours and beachside horseback riding. When you're ready, transfer back to San Pedro Sula for your flight home.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.