This tour to the edge of the jungles of Pico Bonito National Park on Honduras’ renowned North Coast is for photographers who love wildlife. Of special note is the Lovely Cotinga, one of Central America’s most elusive birds, but a frequent flyer here this time of year. Expect to see plenty of other birds, too, as Honduras provides refuge to more than 800 species, including dozens of species of neo-tropical migrants. [And plenty of other wildlife too...keep reading.]
There’s space for six (6) photographers to share their enthusiasm for nature, photography and eco-adventures without having to deal with the crowds of more touristy destinations. Here you’ll enjoy getting off the beaten-path without feeling too isolated as you explore the jungles near the premier Lodge at Pico Bonito with award-winning nature-photographer, Jeff Parker, as he shows you just how much wildlife you can capture through your lens.
This tour focuses on nature and photography and you’ll experience plenty of both. We’ll keep it casual and relaxed. Jeff will guide you as you enjoy morning and evening shoots, help you learn new techniques or perfect old ones and show you around this new and exciting destination.
About What You’ll See and Photograph:
Thanks to an abundance of unique flora and fauna, photographic ops abound here!
From the lists below to interesting plants such as cacao (the plant chocolate comes from) to an onsite butterfly farm, to an onsite serpentarium, to the region’s giant folklore-laden Ceiba trees, your lens will never be at a loss for images to capture.
Wildlife you may photograph and/or see:
White-faced Capuchin Monkey
Mantled Howler Monkey
Bats (Long-nosed & Others)
West Indian Manatee
Blue Morpho Butterfly
Birds you may photograph and/or see:
About Your Accommodations:
Nestled under the watchful eye of its dramatic 8000 ft. namesake, The Lodge at Pico Bonito has earned a fine reputation among those who enjoy luxury eco-travel. Nothing about this place is ordinary, beginning with the fact that its cabins are built from timber leftover from Hurricane Mitch.
Here’s what Wildlife Conservation Magazine has to say:
“There’s so much completely untouched country out back, you never know what is going to come out of it...At the lodge, it’s just crazy, I don’t know anywhere else in the tropics like it.”
On Day Four we visit the very special Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, which provides the chance to photograph a radically different ecosystem than what you find at The Lodge. Formed where the Cuero and the Salado rivers meet, this unique estuary system creates a special habitat for many species. At the pueblo of La Union we’ll board a single-car late nineteenth century narrow-gauge push-cart “train” and ride it through coconut and pineapple fields as we head into the marshes and mangrove-lined lagoons of the Caribbean Coast.
Once at the refuge we’ll take a boat ride and have lots of opportunities to see and photograph a variety of wildlife that reside in the brackish waters and vegetation. We’ll also head out to more open areas and try our luck at finding one of the 50 elusive and endangered West Indian Manatees that find refuge here.
Your Tour Leader:
Jeff Parker is equal parts nature-lover, photographer, teacher, adventurer and conservationist and has a special affinity for the jungles and wildlife of Central America.
Jeff maintains a low-participant ratio – there’s only space for six (6) - so that you’ll leave with a deeper knowledge of your photography skills and the wildlife you’ve come to see. He makes time for one-on-one teaching and critiquing so that you can take full advantage of his expertise and experience. Be sure to bring your laptop for some digital darkroom work (Honduras uses 110v outlets).
Accompanying and assisting Jeff will be his wife, Mary O. Parker. Mary is a freelance writer and lecturer who brings a deep knowledge of the Honduran culture, its history and its people to the experience. Mary is bilingual (Spanish/English) and will be our translator, however, staff at The Lodge at Pico Bonito are completely fluent in English.
The cost of this all-inclusive trip is $2497 per person.
It includes all accommodations (double occupancy), three meals a day on Days 2-5, dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 6, in-country transportation (including the train and boat trip at Cuero y Salado) and entry into Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge. Accommodations are two folks to a cabin, but if you would prefer to have your own, the cost of a single supplement is $950.
For more details, please visit Jeff’s website at: www.JeffParkerImages.com/Honduras