The Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour brings together five of the most knowledgeable Honduran birding guides to compliment our five dynamic tour leaders. Please meet:
Alexander Alvarado grew up in Copan Ruinas In the western part of Honduras, he became interested in birds many years ago when he was working for Hotel Posada Real de Copan located in this Mayan City. Years later he got a job in Macaw Mountain a Bird Park and Nature Reserve located a few Kms. out of Copan and that was his first experience handling and working with birds. This opportunity opened the doors for his passion!
In 2006 he started studying Honduran birds in different habitats traveling all over the country. After mastering this great diversity of species of birds he started offering birding tours locally in Copan Ruinas. His tours were mainly morning hikes in the Copan river area and the surroundings of Hacienda San Lucas.
Years later he was part of training courses for bird guides into different parts of the country. Soon after, his experience with birds ascended him to President of the Honduran Ornitological Association in 2013, where he is a lifetime member. Alex is the top recommended guide for Honduras with vast experience leading birding groups and individuals country-wide, as well as into Guatemala and Belize.
Alex is now the owner of Honduran Birds, the top birdwatching company in Honduras. He has guided and led groups from all over the world for companies such as: Birdfinders, Nature Trek, Cheepers Birding, Birding Ecotours, Wings Birding Tours, Nature Travel Specialists, Sabrewing tours, Rockjumper birding Tours and many others.
His reputation and business is increasing as Honduras continues to grow as a top destination for tropical birding.
JOSE SANTOS CALDERON
Santos was born in Atlantida, Honduras in 1984, and graduated school in El Pino. He was raised in the countryside by his parents and grandparents. It was there, at the edge of the Honduran rain forest and Pico Bonito National Park, that his deep appreciation of nature and birds was born.
He began working at The Lodge at Pico Bonito in 2003, constructing trails and clearing vegetation. Within a few years, his enthusiasm, patience, natural teaching abilities, and love of nature saw him promoted to The Lodge’s guide staff. Santos applied himself, learned to speak English and eagerly began to devour every birding and nature field guide he could find. Along the way, he received extensive guiding and interpretive training from a number of organizations and The Lodge itself. Today, Santos has guided groups, along with Holbrook Travel, through Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize. With over 10 years’ experience leading international birding clients over much of Honduras, Santos is one of The Lodge’s most well-known and requested birding guides and tour leaders.
Elmer was born in Colón, Honduras in 1981, and graduated school in the coastal community of Tocoa. He was raised in the countryside by his parents and grandparents. It was there, within the coastal Honduran rain forest, that his intimate knowledge of nature and birds was born. He began working at The Lodge at Pico Bonito in 1999, constructing trails and clearing vegetation. Within a few years, his enthusiasm, patience, natural teaching abilities, and love of nature saw him promoted to The Lodge’s guide staff. Elmer applied himself, learned to speak English and eagerly began to devour every birding and nature field guide he could find. Along the way, he received extensive guiding and interpretive training from a number of organizations and The Lodge itself. He has traveled to the United States several times to guide and Ohio’s “Biggest Week in American Birding” to guide with Wildside Nature Tours. Today, Elmer has a wife and two children, and with well over 10 years’ experience leading international birding clients over much of Honduras, Elmer is one of The Lodge’s most well-known and requested birding guides.
Esdras was born in Comayagua on May 1, 1993, of Lenca descent (an ethnic group in the west of the country) and grew up in La Ceiba, Honduras. From a young age he became interested in nature, and at age 7 started painting related nature landscapes and involving himself in tourism by selling his paintings. At 16 Esdras was able to get his first formal training to become a tour guide, which directed him even more to nature and everything related to it.
A year later Esdras received further bird guide training, and began to bird the Pico Bonito National Park and nearby areas with tourists. Slowly, different guiding and research opportunities began to present themselves. In 2013 he worked as a field assistant for bird research conducted by Michigan Technological University working specifically with Golden Winged Warbler. A few months after, he was hired by Operation Wallacea to do mist netting and banding in Cusuco National Park. Esdras also had the opportunity to visit and work in the La Mosquitia region, documenting bird species and species ranges.
Esdras then worked for The Lodge at Pico Bonito for nearly two years leading and guiding groups and individual birders, which is where his guiding experience was further refined.
In pursuit of his passion for birds, Esdras has also traveled to Ecuador and Costa Rica. He is currently working as a freelance guide along with a community conservation project Santa Barbara National Park (Fuente de Vida Conservation Project).
William had an interest in all things natural at an early age already. Growing up, he spent his spare time going out birding and hiking around his hometown Gracias, Lempira, and started guiding people in Celaque National Park. In his professional life he was a math teacher and worked on educational programs with the Honduran government. Later on he worked for a NGO focusing on the development of local communities.
Notwithstanding his interest in development aid and education, he decided on a change of career and worked towards becoming a top bird watching guide, focusing on what had been his passion all along: birds, nature and photography. He explored his country in depth and has travelled extensively in search of birds, spending considerable time in the field, gathering the experience and developing the skills needed to show you the best of Honduras.
Currently he and his partner Katinka Domen run their own tour operator called Beaks and Peaks Birding and Adventure Tours, offering bird watching trips and active holidays to all four corners of Honduras, all the while contributing to the development of local communities and the protection of Honduras’ natural resources. Beaks and Peaks is an active member of the Honduran Ornithology Association (ASHO) and member of the American Birding Association (ABA).