Unlike guidebooks that try to offer a comprehensive list
of establishments, few of which the authors have ever visited, we only mention our favorite,
Lodging: If you are
looking for a lovely bed and breakfast or an elegant dinner on the beach,
we highly recommend our friend Carlos' place: Meson del Puerto in La Zona Viva.
If you are on a very tight budget, the cheapest place we have found is
Hotel Royal. The only thing "royal" about it is its name, but at 50 Lempiras
per room it is hard to beat. Hotel Caribe is where we stayed when we
wanted a clean affordable place with private bath.
loved returning to La Ceiba after weeks in the jungle because we knew we
could stuff ourselves with great food. Again Meson del Puerto is highly
recommended for mid-range fare. One step below is a little palapa
the beach owned by the same people that serves rustic, local cuisine. For a change we recommend the Israeli
restaurant Cafe Shalom in the Central Plaza. It is rarely full, but the food there is
delicious and authentic Mediterranean cuisine. For people on a budget, our favorite place was the Pupuseria
Universitaria next to Hotel Flamingo.
Lodging: For a cozy and charming mid-range option our favorite place to stay is the Cafe Via Via kept by a
Dutch couple (Gustavo and Anne Cooman. Tell them we sent you).
Cafe ViaVia Copan
Gustavo and Anne Cooman
(2 blocks from the Parque Central)
Las Marias/Platano: Weiknatara
Lodging: Bernardo's two room boarding house and farm
up-river from Las Marias is magic. Cacao, coconut palms, citrus, bananas,
coffee, sugar cane, avocados, limes, etc. make it a veritable Eden. Don't
expect cushy beds or plush accommodations, but the surrounding jungle scenery
is transcendent. A fresh cup of coffee or hot cocoa (produced on the farm) for
breakfast, river fish for lunch, and a mug of fermented cane chicha with your
dinner are a few of the culinary treats to look forward to. Swim in the river,
try poling a pipante dugout,
or go fishing with the boys. Weiknatara is not to be missed.
Tours from la Ceiba:
Rafting (contact Jorge
Salaverri at Moskitia Eco-Aventuras). Jorge is one of the best guides in
Honduras. He can take you rafting the Rio Cangrejal (class IV), or
trekking anywhere in La Moskitia.
Raista: Eddie Bodden
Eddie, a Miskito man and former lobster diver, has become
well known for the butterfly farm that he manages in Raista town, on the way
to the Platano River Biosphere. A beautiful flower garden is surrounded by
walls of netting in which you will see a variety of brightly colored tropical butterflies.
He sells the larvae to the buyers in the States and runs tours of the farm for
visitors. He is one of the most helpful and knowledgeable folks in the area.
Consult with him to arrange tours and transportation, etc.
Bernardo is one of the few full-blooded Pech in Las Marias. He
is a relative new comer to the town, moving in with his family less than
fifteen years ago. He is extremely helpful, attentive and knowledgeable. Stay
at his place, trek with him in the bush, talk with him about Pech culture; it
will be a great experience.
Mario, half Pech and half Miskito, and his wife run a boarding
house in Las Marias as well. It is rustic but immaculate and cleverly
designed. Mario constructed the entire thing. He is laid back with a broad,
ready smile and he is always willing to accommodate special requests. One day
he took us into the bush during a monsoon to show us how to log balsa wood and
make a raft. Stay at his place, take a trek and learn a few survival skills.
You will love it.
You can arrange trips to Las Marias from La Ceiba through Eco-Aventuras
or fly into Palacios and make arrangements yourself from there. Most likely
you will be welcomed by Martin Herrera, the President of the Las Marias
Eco-Tourism Committee. All trips need to be organized through the committee
but you can choose your guide. Martin seems to favor his family members but
there are many other knowledgeable guides in the village who also need work.
Try Mario, or arrange to have lunch and/or stay in the house of Doņa Catalina
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