Getting There & Getting Around

By Boat -- To hire a boatman to take you elsewhere in La Mosquitia, ask the Bodden family in Raista at Raista Ecolodge or Mario Miller in Belén at Pawanka Beach Cabins. Prices -- while they fluctuate, often depending on gas prices -- at last check were: Raista/Belén to Palacios (L800; 1 1/2 hr.), to Las Marías (L4,000 roundtrip with a 3-day wait; 5 hr.), and to Brus Laguna (L1,500 for 1-4 people; 2 hr.).

There is also a colectivo boat (L250; 2 hr.) that leaves almost daily from Río Plátano, a small town where the river meets the ocean, to Brus Laguna. You'll have to catch an early-morning pickup from the main road in Raista/Belén or walk for 2 hours to get to Río Plátano for the departure. Speak with Melissa Bodden at Raista Ecolodge for details.

By Air -- Sami Airlines (tel. 504/2433-8031) has sporadic flights to/from Belén to Brus Laguna, La Ceiba, and elsewhere in La Mosquitia. When there are enough passengers, a plane comes. It's as simple as that. Sometimes, you can wait a week, other times, just a day or two. The Sami Airline office sits right off the runway in Belén.

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.