If you have a limited amount of time or a set schedule for traveling in La Mosquitia, a trip with a tour operator is your only choice. Most have several tours available that will combine multiday rafting trips down the Río Plátano or Río Patuca, visits to indigenous villages, wildlife watching, hiking, and stays at private campgrounds and lodges. They make use of planes and have arrangements with local transportation organizations to make sure your trip moves smoothly. Trips can last anywhere from 3 days to several weeks. Some operators to try include:
- La Ruta Moskitia (tel. 504/2443-1276; www.larutamoskitia.com), a 100% community-owned and -operated tourism initiative, offers both day trips and tours from Raista, Belén, Plaplaya, Batalla, and Brus Laguna, as well as multiday tours through the region that have been applauded by the international media. Both land- and air-based tours are available. They list on their website upcoming tours that you can join (thus reducing the price by being in a group) and offer tips to help plan an independent adventure. Check their website for the latest news and updates in the region.
- La Moskitia Ecoaventuras (tel. 504/2440-2124; www.lamoskitiaecoaventuras.com) has 8- to 12-day rafting expeditions on the Tawahka Asangni Biosphere Reserve and custom bird-watching tours throughout La Mosquitia. Owned by naturalist Jorge Salaverri, they run the most frequent rafting trips, roughly one per month, down the Río Plátano.
- Omega Tours (tel. 504/2440-0334; www.omegatours.info) has a wide variety of tours from La Ceiba to La Mosquitia, including 8- to 12-day trips on the Río Patuca, a 13-day trip on the Río Plátano, and many shorter trips to view petroglyphs and isolated villages.
- Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance/MEA (tel. 800/682-0584; www.travelwithmea.org) offers a handful of very specific, all-inclusive, multiday tours in La Moskitia, including bird-watching and rafting the Río Plátano, which can be paired with excursions in other parts of the country or Central America.