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A birding tour during the year-end holiday period based in several lovely and bird-rich settings.

For an informative overview of all our Northern Central America birding tours, see Northern Central America: Field Guides Tours.

Honduras has been one of the best-kept secrets in the birding world for years, but the word is now out! Great birds abound and there is even a new field guide for the region by your very own Field Guides guide, Jesse Fagan! This special Christmas trip visits two birdy sites in the north of the country, as well as the archaeological and bird rich area of Copan.

From San Pedro Sula, where most folks will first arrive into Honduras, we will drive east along the Caribbean coast and skirt the massive Cordillera Nombre de Dios which will be obvious to our south. This east-west running mountain range is covered in primary tropical forest and is home to several large mammals, including tapir, jaguar and puma. We will stay a couple of nights at the Corinto Pearl Lodge located at the base of this mountain range and make day trips to explore its rich avian diversity. Our lodge is set on 150 acres of forest adjacent to the Rio Corinto that flows from Pico Bonito National Park. The view here of the national park and lush Nombre de Dios mountains is spectacular. The Honduran Emerald is not the most flashy hummingbird we'll see, but it is special, because it is a Honduran endemic. This tiny bird has an equally small range, but we will be visiting one of the best places to find it.

Next, we will return west and south to stay at the fantastic Panacam Lodge in the Cerro Azul Meambar National Park and watershed. This comfortable lodge is situated within the foothill rainforest, and the national park borders Lake Yojoa. a large natural caldera lake famous for its fishing (and birding) and beautiful views. Panacam has excellent forest and several trail systems from which to discover the birds within. It is one of best sites in Honduras for Keel-billed Motmot. And while the hummingbird feeders should keep us busy for a little while, other goodies we may see in the forest or along the entrance road include Black-faced Antthrush, Rufous-breasted Spinetail, several species of woodcreeper, Royal Flycatcher, Red-capped Manakin, Green Shrike-Vireo, Green Jay, Crimson-collared Tanager, and Chestnut-headed Oropendola, to name just a very few. The lodge checklist lists over 300 species! In addition, we will want to explore the lake. Just a short 20 minute drive from Panacam, we will visit several sites around Lake Yojoa looking and scanning for specialites like Snail Kite, Masked Duck, and, maybe, a crake or rail. Wintering warblers and tanagers will be around in good numbers along the lake edge. The mix of habitats here (water, marsh, patches of forest) means lots of birds. We will also visit a site nearby for the Honduran Emerald, Honduras's only endemic species, a hummingbird that inhabitats dry forest valleys.

We'll spend our final two nights of the tour in western Honduras in the department of Copan. Copan is a Classic period (5th to 9th centuries AD) Mayan site with some of the most impressive temples and preserved stela in the Mayan archeological world. We will be staying nearly on-site, with a chance for birding in the surrounding mountains and dense forest.

Panacam and Corinto Pearl Lodge are only a few hours' drive apart on a paved highway. This makes our travel between sites easy. So, what does all this mean? Well, it means a fairly short, but sweet, holiday tour with just three sites, staying at lovely lodges, in beautiful settings with lots of birds. See you in Honduras!

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2018 Departures
Dec 21-29 ($3850)



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Jesse Fagan

What to Expect
Fine accommodations, mostly easy to moderate terrain with one steeper trail, warm to hot and humid climate.

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