Pico Bonito National Park & Copan Holiday

Central Honduras, Honduras


Pico Bonito National Park & Copan Holiday

Pico Bonito National Park is located on the North Coast of Honduras near the Caribbean coastal town of La Ceiba. The park is known for varied wildlife, where exotic mammals including jaguars and over 400 species of birds are found. Pico Bonito National Park is densely covered, restricting hiking to lower lying regions around the Zacate and Cangrejal Rivers. It is a great location to observe the more endangered and endemic birds and plants.

This holiday in Honduras provides a great selection of activities and tours with touring of the Pico Bonito National Park. Travel to Copán and visit its famous Mayan archaeological site. Continue to La Ceiba and watch wildlife while kayaking on the Cacao Lagoon in the Nombre de Dios National Park. Next to Pico Bonito National Park, popular for birdwatching, rafting, kayaking and hiking. Then relax on the island of Roatán, off the northern coast of Honduras. 

What We Love
  • Discover the Maya ruins in Copan with a private guide, then ride through the beautiful valley and kayak in the warm waters of the Caribbean 
  • Explore the Pico Bonito national park and look out for Howler monkeys, manatees and alligators.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Our Honduras tours easily combine with touring in Guatemala, Mexico and other destinations in Central America
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.
Pico Bonito National Park & Copan Holiday
Copan, Finca El Cisne, Cacao Lagoon, Pico Bonito Park, Beaches
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day  1 – Arrival
San Pedro Sula Meet and greet in San Pedro Sula airport. Private transfer to the pretty highland town of Copan Ruinas. This beautiful little village, paved in cobblestone and lined with white adobe buildings with red-tile roofs has an aura of timeless harmony.  Enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring this colonial style small town. 
Overnight in Copan Ruinas hotel
Day 2 – Tour
Copan Site & Bird Park Transfer to the world famous archaeology site at Copan. Here you can indulge in a private guided tour of this beautiful site which is renowned for its intricately carved stelea & hieroglyphic stairway as well as its comprehensive museum. When you’re ready we’ll return to Copan and to the Bird Park for lunch. 
After lunch you can enjoy a walk in the lush, shady river valley location of the Copan Bird Park and have a local guide to accompany you and see and interact with a number of beautiful tropical birds that have been rescued from locales all over Honduras. When you’re ready, take a private transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Copan Ruinas hotel (B, L)
Day 3 – Tour
Finca El Cisne Meet your guide, Carlos, to begin your full day excursion to "Finca El Cisne". Carlos's family owns the farm and he will take you on a tranquil horseback ride through the farmlands and beautiful scenery of the Copan Valley, followed by a hearty farmhouse lunch cooked by Carlos's mother. 
After lunch, finish your meal with a coffee grounded from the family farm. In the afternoon explore the coffee and cardamom plantations and learn about cattle ranching. This wonderful tour finishes with a dip in the hot springs on the way back to your hotel.
Overnight in Copan Ruinas hotel (B, L)
Day 4 – Transfer
La Ceiba Today we’ll arrange a private transfer to San Pedro Sula (3hrs) for a short flight to La Ceiba (20mins) & transfer to your hotel / lodge.
Overnight in La Ceiba area hotel (B)
Day 5 – Tour
Cacao Lagoon This morning we’ll make our way to Cacao Lagoon, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the local people of this authentic, traditional fishing village. The best way to see the wildlife is by kayaking through the mangroves and you can join a little guided fleet to get involved. Expect to see lots of birds, butterflies, bats and howler monkeys. Reaching the beachside of Cacao Lagoon we paddle into the Caribbean and try our kayaks in the waves. The beach here is picturesque, serene and deserted. After a fruity beach picnic, we paddle back to our starting point and are met for the transfer back to their hotel.
Overnight in La Ceiba area hotel (B, L)
Day 6 – Wildlife Refuge
Cuero Y Salado This morning we’re off to a wildlife refuge situated 33km from La Ceiba. This is home to the many endangered animal species found within the many mangrove canals proceeding from the rivers Cuero and Salado. There is a mixture both fresh and salt water, the reserve being right at the ocean’s edge. From La Union, we catch a ride on the old railway to reach this wildlife refuge, and then by boat or canoe we explore the mangrove lagoons. Manatees, monkeys, alligators and a variety of birds are all part of the highlights of this protected and diverse habitat run by the foundation FUCSA. Most frequently seen wildlife: Howler monkeys, more than 200 species birds (Herons, kingfishers, gallinules), butterflies, manatee and alligators.
Overnight in La Ceiba area hotel (B, L)
Day 7 – Explore
Pico Bonito National Park Early start by 4x4 to the tropical forest of Pico Bonito. Here you can follow several treks deep into the lush vegetation - en route discovering butterflies, birds and many other species of wildlife. Following the Rio Zacate trail, we’ll have a beautiful view of the Caribbean Coast, reaching the magnificent Zacate Waterfall. Hiking along the magnificent ‘Cordillera Gracias a Dios’, which has it´s highest peak in Pico Bonito, will leave you breathless at the natural and sweeping beauty. This is the park that has made Honduras famous as a destination for eco-tours.
Overnight in La Ceiba area hotel (B, L)
Day 8 – Transfer
Roatan Enjoy a free morning before your transfer to La Ceiba for a flight to the island of Roatan. This is a long island, measuring almost 40 miles in length and with a total landmass of 49 Square miles. The island has a mountainous backbone and is totally surrounded by coral reefs, offering superb diving as well as excellent fishing. Choose between more isolated beach hotels, the energetic beach of the West Bay area or the lively nightlife of the West End. 
Overnight in Roatan Hotel (B)
Day 9 to 11 – Relax
Beach Enjoy free days on Roatan to sunbath, snorkel, dive or perhaps rent a moped or car to explore the island.
Day 12 – Depart
Roatan Transfer to Roatan airport for your international flight or connecting flight to San Pedro for your departure flight.
Suggestion: Consider our Guatemala extension tours.
Pico Bonito National Park & Copan Holiday Central Honduras, Honduras

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are three main carriers to Honduras; each fly via Europe or the US: American Airlines fly daily via New York and Miami to Tegucigalpa. Continental Airlines operate daily flights from major UK airports through either Houston and Cleveland and on to Honduras. Iberia currently operates flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays via Madrid and Costa Rica. Taca operate flights onward to Honduras.

When to go Honduras has a tropical climate, with warm temperatures and rain throughout the year. The best time to go to Honduras is May through June when there are several town fairs and celebrations, including a weeklong carnival held in La Ceiba. On the Caribbean coast, the driest period is from February to June. The rainy season starts in May through mid-November though in much of the country it rains for only a few hours in the afternoon. It is best to avoid October and November which is in the middle of the hurricane season.