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Crimson-collared TanagerHONDURAS
EASY! TROPICAL WINTER SPECIAL
February 19 - 27, 2022



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Honduras, in the heart of Central America, offers incredible landscapes, pristine cloud forests, dry tropical rainforests, rugged mountain ranges, a stunning coastline, and fantastic birding. A bird-filled country with more than 90 protected areas and large swaths of natural forest cover, the natural diversity of Honduras offers the perfect winter birding getaway. 

 

At least 770 bird species have been recorded in Honduran Emerald (Photo: Gina Nichol)Honduras, including the stunning Crimson-collared Tanager and the endemic Honduran Emerald (Photos: Gina Nichol) and range restricted species like Wine-throated Hummingbird, Keel-billed Motmot, Black-throated Jay, Highland Guan, and Green-breasted Mountain Gem. We've arranged this special tour to focus on the avifauna of the country's north coast and mountains at an easy pace, with stays at two wonderful lodges.


Join us for a winter birding getaway in warm,
friendly, birdy Honduras!

 

 

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ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Panacam Lodge
Plan on arriving today at San Pedro Sula International Airport in northwest Honduras (Airport code: SAP). On arrival we will meet and take our transfer to the secluded Panacam Lodge, a naturalist’s paradise nestled in the mountains of Meambar Blue Mountain National Park at 2500 feet about two hours south of SAP.

Depending on our arrival time, we well do some late-afternoon birding in the gardens of the lodge. This afternoon we hope to have our first chance to see the regional endemic Keel-billed Motmot (Photo: Gina Nichol) and we can also try for Little Tinamou and Mayan Antthrush. Other species possible around the lodge include Golden-olive Woodpecker, Buff-throated Saltator, Rusty Sparrow, Long-billed Hermit, Black-crested Coquette and others that inhabit this pristine highland preserve. Dinner and overnight at Panacam Lodge.


Day 2: Birding Panacam Road and Lake Yojoa

Sungrebe (Photo: Steve Bird)Today will be spent exploring the trails and enjoying the two observation towers of Panacam Lodge and Meambar Blue Mountain National Park. The habitat here is a lush mix of low-mid elevation rainforest and tropical pine-oak forest. Among the avian highlights that we’ll be going after are Crimson-collared Tanager, Sungrebe (Photo: Steve Bird), Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Bat Falcon, Swallow-tailed Kite, Gartered Trogon, Northern Barred Woodcreeper, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Short-billed Pigeon, Long-billed Gnatwren, and Cabanis's (Plain) Wren.

We begin the day with some pre-breakfast birding near the lodge for the handsome White-faced (formerly Prevost’s) Ground-sparrow (Photo: Gina Nichol) and muted Green-backed Sparrow, the first of many endemics of White-faced (formerly Prevost’s) Ground-sparrow (Photo: Gina Nichol) northern Central America possible on this itinerary. The edges of this broadleaf rain forest lead to Embalse de Yure, one of the best spots in the area to try for Sungrebe and other water species. We will make a stop at Santa Elena, where Black-headed Siskins and Grace’s Warblers are present in these tropical pine forest habitats. We will have a good chance to try for Spot-bellied Bobwhite and many other grassland species.

After a full morning on Panacam Road we will go for lunch and afterwards make a visit to Finca Luna del Puente and the shore of Lake Yojoa. Finca Luna del Puente is a secondary growth forest with cocoa, coffee and citrus plantations, and the numbers of birds in here are simply amazing. Some of the highlights include Northern Potoo, Green Jay, Tody Motmot, Slate-headed Tody Flycatcher, Great Horned Owl and many more.

After 3:00 pm we will head back to the lodge and relax by birding the very active hummingbird feeders at Panacam. Overnight at Panacam Lodge. Breakfast at Panacam. Lunch lake-side at Las Glorias. Dinner at Panacam.


Day 3: Birding El Cajon Reservoir

We’ll begin this full day of birding Honduras’ unique dry forest habitat with an early
breakfast at Panacam Lodge, and departure by 5:30 AM.

Lesser Ground Cuckoo  by Gina Nichol.The target of our search, the beautiful but critically endangered Honduran Emerald survives only in remaining pockets of intergrade tropical dry and pine-oak forest in the country, lying in the “rain shadow”, or southern side of the mountains here. This unique area, where cloud forested peaks and pine studded slopes give way to a more arid landscape, was once dominated by tropical thorn or dry forest. Other targets are White-necked Puffbird, Berylline Hummingbird, Spot-bellied Bobwhite, Elegant Trogon, Lesser-ground Cuckoo (Photo: Gina Nichol) and Lesser Roadrunner among others.

Overnight at Panacam Lodge. Lunch at El Rancho. Dinner at Panacam Lodge.

 

Resplendent Quetzal (Photo: Gina Nichol)Day 4: Birding Santa Barbara National Park

We’ll make an early departure to Santa Barbara National Park, for a great taste of the beautiful, cloud forest bird species living in the surroundings of this park. Resplendent Quetzal (Photo: Gina Nichol), perhaps the most beautiful bird in the Americas, is found here and we'll hope to see this stunning green and red trogon as we bird the park.  Flame-colored Tanager, Wine-throated Hummingbird, Bushy-crested Jay, Slate-colored Solitaire, Chestnut-capped Brush Finch, Blue-and-white Mockingbird and many others will also be our targets.

Afterwards, we descend again to the shores of Lake Yojoa, the largest lake in Honduras, for wetland species such as Northern Jacana, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, and Ruddy Crake. White-throated Flycatcher, an Empidonax flycatcher with poorly understood migratory movements, also occurs on the marshy banks of the lake.

Overnight Panacam Lodge. Breakfast at Santa Barbara. Lunch lake-side at Las Glorias. Dinner at Panacam.

 

 

Day 5: Transfer from Panacam to Indura

Coast near Tela, HondurasToday, we explore the trail system and new observation tower accessible from Panacam Lodge, keeping a sharp eye and ear out for roving feeding flocks that may contain Cocoa and Northern Barred-Woodcreeper, Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner, and Golden-crowned Warbler as well as an assortment of migrant warblers. Afterwards, we pack up and drive 2 hours to Indura Lodge, located outside the beach town of Tela on the stunningly beautiful, tranquil northern coast of Honduras. Caribbean breezes and lush jungle on a 26 mile stretch of Tela Bay with the mountain backdrop of the coastal mountains make this four star property is one of the nicest lodges in Honduras, particularly for birders!

This afternoon everyone has time to enjoy the beach and swimming pools at this wonderful resort. Overnight Indura. Breakfast at Panacam. Lunch at Tio Dolmo. Dinner at Indura.

Day 6: Birding Lancetilla Botanical Gardens

Turquoise-browed Motmot. Photo by Gina Nichol.Our first day at Indura will begin at 6:00 AM, with an early breakfast and a short drive to Lancetilla, just 10 minutes away. For the next several hours our guide will lead us throughout the gardens, spotting numerous bird species that are common in the early hours. Birding on the edge of the broad, flat entrance road will offer a great diversity of species.

Set amidst a coastal valley flanked by low forested hills, The United Fruit Company founded Lancetilla as a station where tropical fruit and wood trees were studied for commercial value. The Gardens were founded in 1925 and some of that work continues. This diverse tropical treasure, composed of a mosaic of forest and edge habitats, is today best known for its superb birding.

The annual Honduras Christmas Bird Count is held at Lancetilla and every year bird watchers add to the Garden’s growing list of colorful tropical species found here. The current bird list reads like a who’s who of tropical birds and includes motmots, manakins, woodcreepers, warblers, woodpeckers, toucans, tanagers, and scores of others. In the lush, diverse habitats of the garden, a typical day of birding here could yield Little Tinamou, Common Black Hawk, Ornate Hawk-eagle, Ruddy Crake, White-fronted Parrot, Red-lored Parrot, Squirrel Cuckoo, Black-headed Trogon, Collared Trogon, Turquoise-browed Motmot (Photo: Gina Nichol), Blue-crowned Motmot, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Great Antshrike, Barred Antshrike, Long-billed Gnatwren, and a host of other resident and migrant species.

 

Collared Aracari (Photo: Gina Nichol) Throughout the morning we will bird areas of tropical, secondary and gallery forest and plantation areas along the Lancetilla River, Along this route, diversity is the rule and examples of sightings include: Masked and Black-crowned Tityra, Tody Motmot, Keel-billed Toucan, Collared Aracari (Photo: Gina Nichol) Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, Black-cowled Oriole, Black-headed, Gartered, Collared and Slaty-tailed Trogon, Royal Flycatcher, Green, Shining and Red-legged Honeycreeper, several species of Hummingbird including Crowned Woodnymph, Blue-throated Goldentail, Violet Sabrewing, Purple-crowned Fairy, Stripe-tailed Hummingbird, Brown Violet-ear, Green Violet-ear and White-necked Jacobin.

 

We will have lunch in one of the restaurants located on the edges of the beach around Tela. In the afternoon we’ll return to the arboretum in Lancetilla, where we learn about the 100 year history of the gardens while birding these beautiful, lowland tropical surroundings. Usual encounters here are Black-headed Trogon, Band-backed Wrens, Northern Barred Woodcreeper, and Sepia-capped Flycatcher among others.

Overnight Indura. Breakfast Indura. Lunch at Cesar Mariscos. Dinner at Indura.

Day 7: Birding Laguna de Los Micos

American Pygmy Kingfisher (Photo: Gina Nichol) After breakfast we’ll depart for Jeanette Kawas National Park and a day of birding by boat of Laguna Los Micos. Laguna Los Micos Wildlife Refuge holds many canals, mangroves and small islands which serve as a refuge for abundant flora and fauna, including over 200 species of tropical birds. This area is one of the main attractions of Jeannette Kawas National Park, and its home to one of the most typical Garifuna villages in Honduras, Miami, where fishermen still ply the sea in dugout canoes and fish with cast nets. Some of our targets include the American Pygmy Kingfisher (Photo: Gina Nichol), Agami Heron, Sungrebe, Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Gray-headed Kite and many more. After all morning among the mangroves we return to Indura for lunch.

Late in the afternoon we will spend time birding around the gardens and forests of Indura. Overnight Indura. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Indura.

Day 8: Birding Rio Santiago

Rio Santiago Nature Resort is a 150 acre private preserve located 80 kilometers east of Indura. Its secluded, rain forest location and impressive numbers of hummingbird feeders has earned it the name of “Hummingbird Capital of Honduras”. Throughout most of the year, Santiago’s trails and main garden areas abound with bewildering numbers of some of Honduras’ most well-known hummingbird species.

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, Cinnamon Hummingbird, Brown Violet-ear, Band-tailed Barbthroat, Violet Sabrewing (Photo: Gina Nichol), Crowned Woodnymph, Stripe-throated Hermit, Long-billed Hermit, Stripe-tailed Hummingbird, White-bellied Emerald, and Scaly-breasted Hummingbird are among the 20+ species that frequent Santiago’s feeders. The trails system of Rio Santiago lead us into some of the Mesoamerican endemics such as Lovely Cotinga, Black-throated Shrike Tanager, Tody Motmot, White Hawk, King Vulture, Cocoa Woodcreeper and many more.

Overnight Indura. Breakfast and Lunch in the field. Dinner at Indura.

 

Day 9: Departures
It’s likely that you won’t want to leave this wonderful Lodge but if you must you will be taken to San Pedro Sula International Airport (1.5 hour drive) for your departing flight.

 

 

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Photo below: Wine-throated Hummingbird (Photo by Steve Bird)


Wine-throated Hummingbird. Photo by Steve Bird.HONDURAS!
WINTER BIRDING GETAWAY
February 19 - 27, 2022
   
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TOUR PRICE: US$ 2995.00 per person from San Pedro Sula, Honduras (Airport code: SAP) based on double occupancy and a minimum of 8 clients. 

Single supplement: US$595.00 per person. Subject to availability.

Deposit: $750.00 per person. Tour deposits can be paid by credit card via PayPal.  Use this link to make your credit card payment.  Please advise [email protected] when you have made payment. 

Included in cost: Accommodation in twin rooms, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9, group airport transfers, ground transport throughout, park entrance fees, water and snacks and services of leader(s).

Not included: International flight, passport fees, departure tax, insurance, drinks, laundry, tips, and items of a personal nature.  Note: The tour price is based on a minimum of 8 passengers.  If there are less than 8, a small group supplement may be charged.   Also, any and all costs arising from pandemic or Covid-19 related issues are not included in the tour cost and are the sole responsibility of the traveler. These include, among others, the costs of Covid treatment, hospitalization, medical fees, transport, meals and accommodation in case of illness or quarantine, and the costs of any Covid tests needed before, during and after the tour.

 

RESERVATIONS: To reserve your place on this tour:

1) Contact Gina Nichol at [email protected] to confirm availability and hold your place.

2) Review the Terms and Conditions of Booking (pdf download)>

3) Complete the Registration & Release Form (pdf)> and mail it with your deposit of US$750.00 per person to Sunrise Birding, LLC within two weeks to secure your place. 

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Reservations are held with a paid deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Once the tour is confirmed to go ahead, we will send you information about booking your flights. Please do not book flights until you receive this information from us and are notified that the trip has sufficient numbers to run. Final payment is due TBA. We are currently confirming tours 60 days out.  We will notify you when the final payment is due. 

**Please note: Tour prices are based on quoted costs from ground operators (in their local currency), estimated fuel costs, and the rate of exchange the time of itinerary publication. The erratic nature to global financial markets makes it difficult to predict changes in costs and foreign currency exchange rates over the long term. Since tours are priced well in advance of the actual operation of the tour, tour costs, fuel costs and exchange rates can change, sometimes drastically. Depending on the extent of such changes, it may be necessary to implement a surcharge on this tour. If a surcharge is necessary, every effort will be made to minimize the amount.

Cancellations and Refunds:
Please review our Terms and Conditions of Booking (pdf download)> prior to registering for this tour. All cancellations must be made in writing. Please ensure that you take out adequate insurance to cover this and any other eventuality as early as possible. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur.


There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.

 

TRIP INSURANCE:
Sunrise Birding LLC strongly recommends that you consider purchasing a travel protection plan to protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected in case of delay, injury or illness prior to or during a tour. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Loss and Delay, Emergency Medical Transportation, Pre-existing Conditions, and more.

 

There are many trip insurers. Here are two options to consider:

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Insure My Trip is a web site that allows you to compare trip insurance plans
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PLEASE NOTE:

  • Insurance policy requirements vary and the timing of your purchase can affect coverage. Some insurance providers require that for coverage of pre-existing conditions, a policy must be purchased within 7-14 days of booking. Others, like CSA, offer policies that cover pre-existing conditions as long as the policy is purchased prior to making your final payment for the tour.

  • Trip insurance policy premiums may be non-refundable, but they may be able to be amended or transferred. Check with your insurer. It is important to be sure that the tour is sufficiently subscribed to operate before you purchase trip insurance.

  • Pay attention to coverages provided by your policy. Be aware of the requirements of country or destination can change, so check often. Some policies are now offering Covid related coverages so check with your insurer.

  • US medical insurance plans (including Medicare) often do not provide coverage outside the US. The US State Department strongly advises Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and if it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. Consult with your insurer prior to your trip to ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider directly or whether you will be reimbursed later for expenses that you incur. Be sure to get and keep all documentation of any expenses incurred.

 

Questions? Contact Gina Nichol at [email protected].com 
Phone: 203.453.6724