Patuca River Expeditions  

Patuca River Expedition  -  7 Days

Nature, Hiking, Indigenous Culture and a bit of Adventure

Day 1 Departure from Tegucigalpa after a short program introduction we drive to Olancho, Honduran's interior where cowboys still roam. In Catacamas we prepare our equipment for our expedition. Overnight in Catacamas.

Day 2 Leaving the vehicles at the end of the jeep trail we continue on foot and with pack mules into the forests of the Cuyamel River valley. At the river's first navigable point we transfer to our dugout canoe "pipante" for the journey to our first campsite at the river bank. Bird watchers should be alert to see the endangered scarlet, great green macaws, toucans and parrots. Our journey brings us downstream to our camp: Matamoros. Its location gives a commanding view of the river and its valley. From here onward to the Miskito coast, our diet consists of local food with some international additions. Overnight in Matamoros.

Day 3 We spend an entire day in and around Matamoros. Early rises may take advantage of our camp's location to spot wildlife along the river bank or in the trees. We explore the surrounding forest on a hike. In the company of our naturalist and a local guide, we learn about the existing flora and fauna. Time to rest at our camp, enjoying its outstanding location. Overnight in camp in Matamoros.

Day 4 Breaking camp in the early morning, we continue downstream. The narrow valley of the Cuyamel reveals primary rainforest as we listen to the voices of the jungle. Suddenly, the Cuyamel runs into the wide, gentle flowing Patuca River. The Patuca is also home to a number of endangered large mammals, such as Jaguars. Stop for lunch on a sand bank at the riverside. In the afternoon we arrive to the indigenous village of Krausirpi. Here we will spend the next two nights, observing how the Tawahkas preserve their unique history and culture.

Our dinner, traditional Tawahka food, prepared by an inhabitant of the village, fortifies us as night falls on the majestic Patuca.

Day 5 A relaxing day, devoted to soaking up the environment of a traditional Tawahka village and its social structure. Later, entering the forest with a Tawahkas guide, we will discover the unique ecosystem of a tropical rain forest, along with its myriad of sights, sounds and smells. At nightfall we will enjoy a local dance. Overnight in Krausirpi.

Day 6 Leaving Krausirpi we continue on the Patuca River, traveling on the edge of the Rio Platano Biosphere. In the late afternoon we arrive in Wampusirpi. We take a walk through this Miskito village to experience the lifestyle of the largest ethnic group of the region. Overnight in a simple guest house.

Day 7 From Wampusirpi we depart by bush plane for an unforgettable aerial view of the endless palette of blues and greens of the Miskito coast and its many lagoons before arriving in the traditional Caribbean town of La Ceiba. End of the program.

Services included: 6 nights lodging in local camps, full board from day 2 until breakfast, day 7, transfers, excursions according to itinerary, bilingual guide expeditionary equipment12 % VAT and 4 % Tourism Tax, 

Departures: Mondays from Tegucigalpa to La Ceiba.

Rates Per Person in US Dollars: Using private coach and private guide $1416 in double occupancy.


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