Where to Stay & Eat -- There are a few basic hotels in Palacios, such as Hotel Moskitia (tel. 504/2978-7397; L400 double) that has a small restaurant and 10 rooms with private bathrooms, fans, and TVs. Slightly larger and more rustic, the Hotel Río Tinto (tel. 504/2966-6465; L150) on the waterfront has 15 rooms with private bathrooms and a simple comedor.

Surrounding Laguna de Ibans are a collection of Miskito and Garífuna villages that are increasingly becoming the focus of tourism in La Mosquitia and the main access point for trips to Las Marías and beyond.

Laguna de Caratasca and Eastern Mosquitia

Where to Stay & Eat -- Puerto Lempira hotels are focused toward the Honduran business traveler, not necessarily tourists. The best hotel in town, usually full, is Los Pinares (tel. 504/2433-6679; L880 double), with A/C and TV in the rooms, a pool, and a generator for electricity. Hotel Yu Baiwan (tel. 504/2898-7653; L500 double), a half-block from the pier, is the top choice in town, though not by much. It has nine clean rooms with private modern bathrooms, A/C, TVs, and the best restaurant in Puerto Lempira, Lakou Payaska. El Gran Samaritino (tel. 504/2433-6482; L450 double), 1 1/2 blocks to the west of the main street, is similar and has the same amenities, but the rooms are a bit dingy.

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.