Travel TV host and journalist Monica Walton, heads to La Ceiba, Honduras for the ultimate adventure getaway.
Words and photography by Monica Walton
Wildlife-rich jungles, endless activities, impressive Mayan ruins and sugary-white sandy beaches. Honduras – Central America’s best-kept secret – is a vast playground for the adventurous. Teetering on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, La Ceiba is the third-largest city in Honduras and a perfect place to base yourself. Slowly growing into a top eco-adventure destination in the region, the city is surrounded by beautiful reserves and untouched forests. Nearby you’ll find the stunning Cayos Cochinos archipelago, action-packed canopy tours and gorgeous, natural hot springs.
At The Lodge at Pico Bonito. Tucked away in the lush Honduran Rainforest, this luxurious jungle retreat is considered one of the top 50 eco-lodges in the world. Surround yourself with towering palms, tropical flowers and exotic wildlife at this chic, deluxe hotel, offering beautifully decorated mahogany cabins, a world-class restaurant overlooking the mountains and gorgeous nature trails leading to secluded waterfalls. If you’re feeling adventurous, explore the nearby serpentarium, take a dip in the cascading mermaid falls, visit the butterfly farm or practice yoga on the rainforest deck.
Through Pico Bonito National Park before reaching the mesmerizing ‘Unbelievable Falls’.
The uber delicious black bean soup with fresh cilantro, crispy tortilla strips and sour cream at Itzama at The Lodge at Pico Bonito.
The picture-perfect Cayos Cochinos Cays. Snorkel at the second largest barrier reef in the world, mingle with the locals and grab an authentic Garifuna lunch at Chachahuate Cay.
howler monkeys and manatees while boating through the mangroves at the Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge.
in lusciously warm natural springs at Sambo Creek. Take
in the tropical scenery, get a massage or try an exfoliating hot mud treatment for the ultimate jungle pampering.
through the 20-mile long Rio Cangrejal river rapids. Open from September to February.
Words by www.monicawalton.com