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Getting There

By Air -- All commercial flights to La Mosquitia originate in La Ceiba. Aerolineas Sosa (tel. 504/2433-6432; www.aerolineasosahn.com) flies to Brus Laguna three times per week, leaving at 10am and returning at 11am, as well as to Puerto Lempira. Lanhsa Airlines (tel. 504/2442-1283; www.lanhsa.com) also flies to Puerto Lempira on a semi-regular basis from La Ceiba. Flights are often canceled due to weather and lack of passengers. Sami Airlines (tel. 504/2442-2565 in La Ceiba or 504/2433-8031 in Brus Laguna) occasionally flies from La Ceiba to Brus Laguna or Belén. The runway at Palacios, which was once the main access point in the region, is currently closed due to lack of repair and most likely won't open anytime soon.

By Boat -- Along the North Coast of Honduras, irregular boat service links the coast of La Mosquitia to the rest of the country. The docks at Puerto Castilla just beyond Trujillo are the best place to get word of the next boat, which generally leave at least once per week. Don't expect a luxury cruise, though; these are cargo ships with absolutely no facilities for travelers. You are pretty much stuck with sleeping on the deck in the open air and having to provide your own food.

By Bus -- It is possible to make it to La Mosquitia by bus, although if your plan is to go during the rainy season (Oct-Jan), don't expect this to always work. From Tocoa, just south of Trujillo, you can catch a pickup truck, or paila, to Batalla leaving from the municipal market daily between 7 and 11am. The ride is 4 to 5 hours and costs L400. In Batalla, there will be boats waiting to take you the additional 1- to 2-hour journey to Palacios, Raista, and Belén for roughly L200.

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.