Monday, July 11, 2016
Honduras: Two more reasons to go!
Photo credit David LaPuma
Since the last time I wrote about Honduras in this blog, I had the great fortune to spend an adventure-filled week there myself. And though my visit was months ago, my mind often takes me back to the lush beauty of the deep rainforest, gracious service, and accommodations at The Lodge at Pico Bonito. It was the soaring views above the forest canopy from the observation tower, challenging hikes, breathtaking waterfalls, twilight on the ocean shore, and the amazing diversity of animals and birds that would bring me back in a heartbeat!
Photo credit:Ed Hutchings
Honduras is bird-rich, but the concept of avitourism and conservation is relatively new. Yet, it is a country whose economy has begun to greatly benefit from birders' dollars. In turn, this money will help to conserve habitat and fund research. If you haven't yet considered Honduras as a birding destination, I'd like to convince you―and tell you about a two opportunities to consider in the next several months. The first is the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour (HBCT), November 4-13, 2016, one of the most ambitious eco-birding tours in history!
Combining fabulous birding destinations in Honduras with world-renowned trip leaders and a bit of friendly competition, this tour is designed to provide a unique experience for participants while raising a boatload of money for targeted conservation projects. It's a win-win, friends―and space is limited―so click here to find out details. You could be birding alongside the likes of Richard Crossley, Jeff Gordon, Bill Thompson III, Tim Appleton, and Adam Riley. And if you're really lucky, you'll have the same fabulous local guide I did―The Lodge's own Elmer Escoto (below). He's the best!
The Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour began as the brainchild of our friend James Adams at The Lodge at Pico Bonito. Due in large part to his hard work and dedication, the tour's trip leaders are committed, sponsorships and prizes are in place, conservation initiatives are vetted and selected, and the participants are lining up!
Participants of the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour
will each receive a copy of this newly-released book.
The news of this tour is creating a buzz throughout the birding world. Honduran President Hernandez has applauded this effort which we believe will begin to turn the tide for ecotourism in Honduras. If you'd like more information, visit the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour booth at the following festivals:
1. Southeast Arizona Birding Festival- August 11-15, 2016.
2. British Birdfair- August 19-21, 2016.
3. American Birding Expo- September 16-18, 2016
Want to be part of this history-making trip? If you have questions or would like to register for this tour, click here.
Entrance to the Lodge at Pico Bonito
In case you need an alternative, join the Eagle Optics/Zeiss Honduras trip April 3-11, 2017. Since our first travel offerings in 2014, Eagle Optics continues to expand its fabulous small group birding trips: Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador, and the Peruvian Amazon are destinations planned for 2017. Make your decision easy and leave the details to us!
What makes our Honduras trip so special? Well, for starters, you can leave your binocular at home! We will be joining forces with Zeiss Sport Optics and providing each of the 10 participants with a Zeiss Victory SF Binocular to use during the trip, with the opportunity to purchase it at a discount when the trip ends. Imagine seeing the color and splendor of Honduras in all its vivid detail through one of the world's best binoculars. Read about the fabulous planned itinerary here.
The Lodge at Pico Bonito, exquisitely set between mountains and sea, is a naturalist's paradise, plain and simple. With six nights spent here, it will feel luxurious and comforting to unpack and make your cabin your home base for day trips and adventures.
The lodge is a great place to wake up, and a wonderful, welcome place to return after a full day of exploring. You'll come to know your smiling and attentive servers, and will look forward to gathering with new friends for the sumptuous meals. What about the bird list, you might ask? Over 423 species can be seen within 20 minutes of the Lodge. It's the ultimate birding getaway, and The Lodge at Pico Bonito will stay in your heart forever!
Eagle Optics Staff
Binoculars: Bring them. See what they bring you.