Patuca River Expeditions
Patuca River Expedition - 7 Days
Hiking, Indigenous Culture and a bit of Adventure
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
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.
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.
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.
dinner, traditional Tawahka food, prepared by an inhabitant of the
village, fortifies us as night falls on the majestic Patuca.
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
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.
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.