Participants in The Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour will enjoy a diverse, 3 part itinerary; The Mayan Ruins of Copan, The western Highlands and Lake Yojoa, and the north coast rain-forests around The Lodge at Pico Bonito. Teams and locations will be rotated for minimum impact, and maximum fun!
COPAN MAYAN RUINS
(Afternoon arrival on day 1)
DAY 2: Birding the Ancient Mayan City of Copan
We will start our first day with early birding of “Las Sepulturas” archeological site, adjacent to the main acropolis, and after a break for breakfast, return to visit the main Mayan ruins complex. This world-renowned archeological site is a great mix of birds and culture, and a big population of Scarlet Macaws flies over the Copan Valley, frequenting the ruins themselves. Other species easy to spot at Copan are: Orange fronted Parakeet, Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush, Ivory-billed Woodcreeper, Great and Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift, Elegant Euphonia, Altamira and Spot-breasted Orioles, Turquoise-browed and Blue-crowned Motmots, Rufous-capped Warbler, Bushy- crested Jay, migrants such as Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Dicsissel and more!
After Lunch in the village of Copan, we’ll ascent to the area around “La Pintada”, named for an ancient, painted Mayan Stela high in the mountains here. La Pintada is a small ancient Mayan village located 20 minutes out of Copan which boasts a huge number of birds inhabiting dry open woodlands and a wonderful view over the Copan River Valley. Species include; Elegant trogon, Prevost ground sparrow, Streak backed oriole, Spot breasted oriole, Yellow billed cacique, Rufous capped warbler, Buff throated saltator, Red-throated Parakeet, White-throated Magpie Jay and more!
Lodging: Hotel Marina Copan
DAY 3: Finca Welchez/Santa Isabel
We depart Copan early today for the montane forests of Finca Welchez and Santa Isabel. Here are a mix of tropical forests grading into open coffee plantation and the bird watching trails are medium. Here we have the opportunity to spot species such as: Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Keel-billed Toucan, Olive Warbler, Black hawk eagle, Rufous and white Wren, Laughing Falcon, Prevost Ground Sparrow, Elegant Euphonia, Bushy crested Jay, Spot breasted Oriole, Yellow backed Oriole, White breasted hawk, Azure crowned Hummingbird and many more….
Departure for Panacam or Pico Bonito