The Lodge at Pico Bonito
Beautiful bird songs and the cool breeze of the forest greet you as you enter The Lodge at Pico Bonito, where you are enveloped by the natural wonders of the tropics and the beauty of Honduras‘ Caribbean coast. Whether you are looking for a unique family escape or an eco-adventure, or if you want to see exotic rainforests and ancient ruins, The Lodge at Pico Bonito has it all. Emerging from lush Pico Bonito National Park, this wonderful lodge invites you to immerse yourself in the serenity of the forest as you discover its brilliance.
Guests are invited to discover the captivating sights and sounds of this tropical ecosystem with an exhilarating guided hike through one of Central America’s largest unexplored rainforests. The refined yet rustic aesthetic of the lodge blends in nicely with the natural surroundings without sacrificing simple luxuries, such as plush bedding or air conditioning. Understated plantation-style decor pays homage to the area’s agricultural history, think simple prints of pineapples and handcrafted wicker furnishings, without distracting from the lush rain forest setting. There are no TVs, except two flat-screens in the bar lounge and interior accents are kept to a minimum. After all, the real show is outside.
The Lodge at Pico Bonito is comprised of 22 standalone guest cabins that blend seamlessly with their verdant surroundings. These cabins are done up with native stone and polished local pine, from the floors to the louvered windows to the vaulted ceilings. Furnishings crafted from native woods combine with hammocks, private verandas and a neutral colour palette, to create a haven of privacy and comfort surrounded by brilliant flora and fauna. All cabins have the same size and interior design, with a few differences in amenities. Standard rooms feature two Queen or Double beds; Superior, a four-poster King. Some cabins share connecting doors, perfect for large families and spacious vanity areas compensate for slightly stark showers. Coffeemakers (with local organic coffee) and iPhone docks add extra comfort, and room amenities such as shampoo and bottled water are replenished daily.
The Itzama restaurant and bar, next door to the reception area, offers a full-service daily menu of various Honduran specialties and exceptional international cuisine. Highly attentive, speedy service accommodates guests with early morning excursions and an adjacent open-air deck can be set for private dinners or cocktails overlooking the Corinto River. As evening draws in, sample wonderful Honduran flavours at the al fresco hotel restaurant, including fresh seafood and locally-grown vegetables.
Imagine your first morning in the forest, with the scent of Honduran coffee drifting across your deck as you stretch out in the hammock and you will picture the first moment of your fabulous escape at The Lodge at Pico Bonito. However after an action-packed day of whitewater rafting or horseback riding, guests can unwind by the hotel swimming pool. A meeting space is available for large retreats or conventions as well as a relaxing Spa, opened on January 2016, is available with treatments and massages totally dedicated for the wellbeing of body and mind.
Nestled at the foot of the Pico Bonito National Park, The Lodge is a luxury hotel in La Ceiba, Honduras. Set within 400 acres of tropical wilderness on the Caribbean coast, this opulent jungle retreat combines nature and adventure with boutique comforts. Golosón International Airport and Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport are 5km and 175km away respectively. The lodge’s roster of daily adventures, from night hikes to whitewater rafting, extends past the property lines, so guests can experience the region’s diverse culture and ecosystems. Such as Cuero y Salado, a manatee and wildlife refuge amid nearby mangrove forests bordering the Caribbean or Cayos Cochinos, a remote archipelago stretching along an unspoiled coral reef that’s ideal for snorkeling.
Cabins are approximately 40 sqm with private bathroom with shower, louvered and screened windows, two ceiling fans, and private veranda with hammock, located in this rainforest hotel in Honduras. Cabins also have a CD player, alarm clock with radio, safe, iPod dock and coffee maker with Honduran organic coffee. Complimentary Wi-Fi access. Cots, sofas or extra mattresses are not available.
Two full or two queen beds. Air conditioned. Maximum of either three adults or two adults and two children.
Single king four-poster bed. Air conditioned. Maximum of two adults.
Several Standard Cabins have interior doors that connect two cabins: perfect for larger families.
The Spa at Pico Bonito is an all-natural Spa set amongst the rainforest along the Corinto River. A truly peaceful retreat, the lush foliage and sound of water flowing downstream provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation. Circular treatment cabins were built on stilts to maintain the natural energies of the earth and preserve the flow of the surrounding nature and wildlife. Relax with holistic treatments ranging from an organic fruit facial to the ancient Mayan temazcal steam bath.
Ideal for swimming and sunbathing and with breathtaking views of landscape. Perfect after an action-packed day all around the beauties of this tropical wilderness.
The Lodge at Pico Bonito has a commercial butterfly farm that breeds over 40 species of tropical butterflies including the stunning blue morpho. Guests enjoy a private tour of this locally sustainable enterprise, which also includes an iguana farm and serpentarium.
Their rainforest in Honduras has km of private trails that lead up four-story observation decks to the edges of the jungle canopy and go down 100-foot canyons to sparkling waterfalls and natural swimming holes, where butterflies, birds, and other animals and insects can be viewed in the wild. Morphos and motmots, monkeys and margays, swimming holes and canopy towers and so much more.
“Certificate of Excellence 2015” – awarded by Trip Advisor
“Travaler’s Choice 2015” – awarded by Trip Advisor
“Best Employee Nationwide 2004” – awarded by Canaturh Honduras
“Premio Copan 2001” – awarded by Canaturh Honduras
When to go:
Honduras has no truly bad time to visit, although if we had to pick one no-go month, it might be October, when the entire country can be deluged with rain. Coming here during the rest of the rainy season need not be a hardship. The countryside is lush and green, the air is fresh, and it is a nice contrast to the parched conditions you see in March and April. But a tropical country plus the North American winter, you do the math. December through April is the big tourist season here as northerners flee those frigid temperatures. They’re a must during Christmas and Easter weeks, when Hondurans are apt to be traveling, too, and competing for available hotel space. The country experiences a second, shorter high season during July and August, prime North American and European vacation time.
The northern coast is hot and humid year-round. The rainiest time of year on the Caribbean runs from October through January, although wet weather can come at any time of year. June, July, August, and September are usually hotter and drier. The rest of the country experiences much the opposite phenomenon, with a May-to-October rainy season and a dry season the rest of the year. Altitude really matters more than anything in Honduras. Tegucigalpa and the central and western highlands enjoy warm days and cool evenings, that proverbial eternal spring that everyone likes to talk about. San Pedro Sula and the Caribbean lowlands, as well as the Pacific coast, are usually sweltering, but you can often count on sea breezes to moderate the heat on the coast and in the Bay Islands.
Itzama is The Lodge’s full service, newly renovated restaurant and bar where guests dine on Mesoamerican cuisine. Using fresh seafood and locally grown herbs and vegetables, the chef recreates local Honduran specialties including coconut milk curry seafood soup and medallions of beef dusted with coffee and cacao. The screened dining room is paneled with Honduran pine, and overlooks tropical gardens allowing guests to enjoy the wonderful flavors of Central American cooking surrounded by the exotic sounds of the jungle. Private candlelight dining can be arranged on the open-air deck overlooking the Corinto River.
Nestled deep in the jungle of Honduras, The Lodge at Pico Bonito offers 400 verdant acres for nature-watching and adventure sports. Climb one of the Lodge’s canopy towers for a real bird’s eye view of the jungle canopy and its feathered inhabitants including toucans, cotingas, and hummingbirds. Visit the butterfly farm, specializing in the gorgeous blue morpho. And make sure to visit the manatee refuge, which shelters the 50 remaining West Indian Manatees. But save some energy for whitewater rafting, snorkeling, horseback riding, and visiting Mayan ruins. The Lodge is extremely popular among bird watchers because offers to birders the opportunity to observe the rare electric-blue bird known as the Lovely Contiga, as well as delightful Motmots, Cuckoos and Flycatchers.
Birding – A birder’s dream destination, with confirmed sightings of more than half of the nearly 800 birds known to Honduras. The Lodge at Pico Bonito’s 400 acre property together with Pico Bonito National Park and Cuero y Salado Manatee Refuge encompass eight distinct ecosystems, each with their own resident and migrant avian species. Three multi-story canopy observation towers offer maximum viewing and photography opportunities.
Enjoy Loop Trail – It has been created as a self-guided interpretive hike that takes you to the perimeter of Pico Bonito National Park in Honduras. The loop trail passes three different canopy observation towers located for spectacular views and wildlife observation opportunities. It meanders along a ridge that divides the Corinto and Coloradito river watersheds and accesses several swimming holes and small waterfalls.
Explore Manatee Refuge – A must for those interested in Honduras’ diverse wildlife and ecology, Cuero y Salado is a coastal manatee and wildlife refuge where the Cuero and Salado Rivers meet the ocean. The refuge contains over 13 square kilometers of tropical wet and mangrove forests. Monkeys, sloths, caimans, crocodiles, iguanas, and turtles are common sights together with over 350 species of birds. The refuge’s most famous inhabitant is the elusive and endangered West Indian Manatee with an estimated population of 50 individuals.
Discover Mayan Ruins – Considered the Athens of the Mayan world. The archeological site of Copán is one of the most important ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization due to the exquisite detail of its carved stellae and well-preserved temples.These ruins have been the subject of much international attention with discoveries of hidden tombs and buildings buried by the Mayans.
Rafting – One of Central America’s most accessible and beautiful rivers, it offers something for everyone from the first time rafter to experienced kayak enthusiasts. Flowing from deep within the rainforest of the Pico Bonito National Park down to the Caribbean Ocean, the river has rapids ranging in difficulty from class II to class IV. Generally the river runs highest from September to February, but is doable almost all year.
Snorkeling – One of the premier snorkeling locations of the world, the Cayos Cochinos are a group of 15 small remote islands near the shores of La Ceiba. Located on the world’s second largest barrier reef, these islands are part of the Bay Islands of Honduras. A true marine paradise, the Cayos Cochinos and their surrounding coral reef have been designated a protected biological reserve.
Honduras, so often hurried through or avoided entirely due to its dangerous image, is actually a vibrant and fascinating place with an enormous amount to offer intrepid travelers. After a decade in which the country spiraled into a whirlwind of terrible violence, Honduras has very definitely begun the journey back from the abyss, and while the challenges ahead are still significant, things haven’t looked this positive for years. Attractions include the Mayan ruins of Copán, the pristine diving of the Bay Islands and the majestic scenery of over a dozen national parks. Need another reason to come here? It’s also one of the cheapest countries in the region, and you’ll be able to do activities for a fraction of the price you’ll pay in its neighbors. It’s important to take care in the cities, but other than that, Honduras is back open for business and just waiting to be discovered.
Honduras does not have a long history as a luxury travel destination. It has only recently started to attract the kind of wealthy, upscale scuba diving enthusiasts that Belize has hosted and the nature lovers that Costa Rica brings in by the planeload. Political and security concerns have also kept Honduras from reaching its full tourism potential. Most of the travelers coming to the two largest cities in Honduras are business travelers but Honduras also has some interesting hotels with character, however, including two taking advantage of the enormous eco-hotel potential in a country with so much protected land. One of them is The Lodge at Pico Bonito which is nestled at the foot of the Pico Bonito National Park and combines nature and luxurious comfort. The Lodge at Pico Bonito offers the adventure of the outdoors, the beauty of the rainforest and the personal service and luxury of a boutique hotel. If you decide to book a guest cabin at The Lodge at Pico Bonico so that visits the Honduras, you need to know some interesting facts about this country. Go ahead and read on to know more on the country of Honduras.
- The country of Honduras is located in Central America between Nicaragua and Guatemala and bordering the Caribbean Sea. The country also borders the Gulf of Fonseca (picture above) from where it is located between El Salvador and Nicaragua.
- Honduras’ motto “Libre, Soberana e Independiente” in Spanish literally translates to “Free, Sovereign and Independent”.
- The city of Tegucigalpa in Honduras makes for the country’s capital city. Tegucigalpa also happens to be the largest city in the country of Honduras.
- Spanish is the official language in Honduras. However languages that include Garifuna, English, Miskito continue to be spoken commonly throughout the length and breadth of the country.
- Cero Las Minas makes for the tallest mountain (2870m) in Honduras and its peak for the highest point in the country.
- The peak of Cero Las Minas lies near the larger settlement of Santa Rosa de Cop and enjoys proximity to the borders that Honduras shares with Guatemala and El Salvador, its neighbors.
- Did you know that Honduras is also known as the Banana Republic? The name basically stuck to the country because it grows and exports a large amount of bananas.
- The orchid makes for the national flower of the country of Honduras, while the Scarlet Macaw makes for its national bird.
- Honduran is the demonym for Honduras. In other words, the people or the natives of the country of Honduras are known as Hondurans.
- Christopher Columbus is said to have said after leaving behind a storm: “Thank God we’ve left these Depths.” And he called Depths (Honduras) the area, and Thank God (Gracias a Dios) the Cape he left.
- The Honduran currency is the lempira, and it is named after an Indian chief that fought to death against the Spanish conquerors. It is assumed that a lempira bill has an image representing the face of the legendary chief Lempira, but instead contains the image of an American Red Indian.
- Platano Forest was nominated as one of the new seven new wonders of the world.
- In Yoro there is the phenomenon of fish rain (lluvia de peces). Literally, fish fall from the sky.
- Most of the population is Catholic, and the Virgin of Suyapa, represented by a tiny statuette, is considered the patron saint of Honduras. There is also a significant growth of evangelical sects, which are competing for the faithful with the Catholic Church.
- With the amount of coral reefs that are in the Bay Islands, Honduras is the second country in the world with more coral reef after Australia.
- In addition to receiving gifts at Christmas, children are celebrated and receive gifts on 10 September, day of the Honduran Child.
- The Maya were the pre-colombian culture most advanced in the present territory of Honduras, but when the Spanish conquistadors arrived, this magnificent culture had already disappeared. The Mayan people did not disappeared, but returned to lower levels of development. It is unknown if their disappearence was by natural causes or by the collapse of its social organization. The Copan Ruins in Honduras makes for one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. Talking about popular, football, basketball, volleyball and baseball are some of the most popular sports in Honduras.
- The most important national hero of Honduras is Francisco Morazán, who fought for the unity of Central America and died executed for his ideals in Costa Rica.
- September 15th is celebrated as Independence Day in Honduras, which coincides with that of the other countries in Central America.
- The Honduran flag consists of three horizontal stripes: the upper and lower stripes are blue, and the center stripe is white. In the central stripe there are five blue stars representing the five Republics of Central American Union, and the central star represents Honduras.