Blogs from Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve, Eastern, Honduras, Central America Caribbean


La Mosquitia- Kate´s version! I think I must have been born with a slight deficiancy in the adventurous spirit department and sadly with age it only seems to be decreasing! I was more than slightly anxious about our trip into the wilderness of La Mosquitia but not wanting to appear 'wet' I decided to "Man Up" Big White folk will know all about that!. The first day involved a 7am boat ride from the island of Roatan followed by a 3hr chicken bus ride to Tocoa arriving in the pouring rain and then a further 5hrs on another chicken bus to Irioma. I arrived quite tired with a numb bottom and more than a little concerned about where we were actually being dropped in the dark at 8pm? The local Judge? happened to be on hand, ... read more

La Mosquitia - George's version As I expect the three versions will testify, we're not really sure why we left Roatan, with its picture postcard sunsets, fabulous diving and nigh on perfect weather. I'd say it was the need to be able to say "We went off the Gringo Trail" that took us to Central America's Little Amazon. The journey there was an epic one and in the interests of trying out some bullet points was as follows: Tuesday 5:45 - Alarm goes off and it's up, up and away. 6:00 - Catch taxi to Coxen Hole as driver insists on a prince's ransom to take us to the ferry port 6:30 - Renegotiate with taxi to get us to the ferry port 7:00 - Catch ferry to the mainland 8:30 - Arrive in La Ceiba ... read more
Boating with the Locals
Little Amazon

La Moskitia (or The Mosquito Coast) in Honduras is the most sparsely populated region of any of the countries I´ll visit on this trip. There´s hardly anybody out here, and the small number of indigenous Miskito, Pech and Tawhaka people that do live out here commute between villages in dugout canoes (usually fashioned from a single tree trunk) along the many waterways out here - there simply are no roads. Instead of people and roads, La Moskitia is home to the largest tract of primary rainforest in all of the Americas north of the Amazon, which means the trekking and nature out here pretty much has to be seen to be believed... (Oh, and don´t let the name put you off either, the name "mosquito coast" is actually an english corruption of the name of the ... read more
In The Water
Not much room in the back...
Rafting Our Pick-Up

The location: Puerto Lempira, Honduras, Central America Set on the southeastern edge of the biggest of the coastal lagoons, Laguna de Caratasca. Puerto Lempira is the largest town in Moskitia. The name comes from the Miskito natives, not the mosquitos, although there are lots of those too. The hotel: I spent one night at the orphanage but just couldn't do it long term. No toilet or shower doors made my mind up quickly despite not having budgeted for alternate accommodation. I stayed at the hotel in town that the Lonely Planet Guide claimed was the best...and it was terrible. Electricity is a huge problem in Puerto Lempira. There are two electricity sources - public and private. When the electricity was off in the town, it was on at the hotel and vice versa. On my second ... read more

I'll be on the Miskito Coast from mid-October to late-November. Hopefully the kids at Mama Tara's will be ok. SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - Planes shuttled hundreds of tourists from the island resorts of Honduras and Belize in a desperate airlift Monday as Hurricane Felix's pounding rain and punishing winds bore down on the Central American coast. The powerful, Category 4 storm spurred Grupo Taca Airlines to provide special free flights to the mainland. Planes were quickly touching down and taking off again to scoop up more tourists. Some 1,000 people were evacuated from the Honduran island of Roatan, popular for its pristine reefs and diving resorts. Another 1,000 were removed from low-lying coastal areas and smaller islands. Felix's top winds weakened slightly to 145 mph as it headed west, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center ... read more

The Mosquito pictures  So, we did survive our last week of the trip on the Mosquito Coast, one of the most remote areas in Central America. We should first admit that we're back at home in the comfort of our apartment, which seems like luxury after the last few days. Since we're here, and technology works a bit more quickly than it does in the internet cafes of Honduras, we thought a photo essay was in order..... Thanks to those who sent comments and emails on previous blogs - we're looking forward to catching up with everyone in person.... read more
Six hours on a wooden plank bench,
No one told us there would be rivers to cross,
At least entertainment was included-

am i glad i did....extremely when am i going back...NEVER the past 5 days have been quite an experience. i´m not even sure where to begin. whenever i thought things couldn´t get any crazier...they did. so i suppose i will start with the journey home from la mosquitia. we (cami, katie, tour-guide-reynaldo and i) woke at 3am to begin our 13-hour journey. the first 3 hours by boat (a 4 person canoe-with 7 people on it - powered by a tiny motor). the first hour on the boat was fine...we were cruising along, in the dark, wide open problems. then we almost hit a grassy patch and capsized. this startled us a little. but then 3 minutes later, we hit a fallen tree and really almost capsized. now i am angry and petrified....and bleeding from ... read more
truck tracks on the beach...going to la mosquitia
the ¨ferry¨
view from boat...on the lagoon

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