Discovering the wonders of Honduras with Mike Savage from New Canaan, CT

If your legs are itching for adventure and your soul yearns for pristine nature, it’s time to lace up your hiking boots and head to Honduras.

We’ve written a lot about the roots of poverty in Honduras and strategies to alleviate poverty in Honduras, but there’s also a magical, beautiful side to the country’s wonderland.

This Central American gem boasts a treasure trove of national parks, where emerald rainforests cascade down mountainsides, exotic wildlife calls echo through the air, and hidden waterfalls promise a refreshing reward at the end of the trail.


Pico Bonito: Where the Jungle Meets the Sea

Pico Bonito National Park is a hiker’s wonderland. Imagine mist-shrouded cloud forests, gushing rivers carving through lush canyons, and – the cherry on top – stunning views of the Caribbean coastline. 

Keep your eyes peeled for vibrant toucans, playful monkeys swinging through the canopy, and maybe even a shy jaguar if you’re incredibly lucky.

Feeling adventurous? 

Embark on a thrilling white-water rafting adventure down the Rio Cangrejal or, go for a dip in one of the many refreshing waterfalls tucked away in the rainforest. 

If relaxation is more your style, visit a local Garifuna village and embrace the laid-back island atmosphere.


Cusuco: Cloud Forest Kingdom

Prepare to be enchanted by the mystical cloud forests of Cusuco National Park. Here, the air is thick with moisture, sunlight filters through the leaves in ethereal beams, and exotic creatures hide at every turn. 

Trek through trails blanketed in moss, past giant ferns, and perhaps – if you’re very quiet –  witness the resplendent quetzal, a legendary bird that looks like it stepped out of a Mayan fairytale.

Don’t miss the chance to climb Base Camp, the park’s highest point. The view from the top will rob you of words; on a clear day, you can see all the way to the glistening Caribbean Sea.


Celaque: Hike to the Highest Point

Celaque National Park is home to Honduras’s highest peak, Montaña de Celaque, towering at 9,450 feet above sea level. The ascent to the summit is challenging, but oh so rewarding. 

You’ll traverse a diverse range of ecosystems, from pine forests to dwarf woodlands, before reaching the peak, where the panorama is simply jaw-dropping.

Celaque also offers gentler trails winding through coffee plantations, waterfalls, and charming villages where you can get a taste of authentic Honduran life.


Tips for Your Adventure

  • Go with a guide: Trails in the parks may not always be well-marked. A knowledgeable guide will keep you from getting lost and enhance your experience by pointing out wildlife and explaining the park’s ecology.
  • Pack for all weathers: Honduras’s climate can change quickly. Be prepared for rain, sun, and cooler temperatures at higher elevations.
  • Respect the wildlife: Observe animals from a distance, and never feed them. Leave the parks as pristine as you found them – pack out all your trash.
  • Learn some basic Spanish: Even a few phrases will go a long way in communicating with locals and enriching your experience.
  • Immerse yourself: Embrace the local culture – try the delicious Honduran food, learn about the friendly people, and perhaps pick up a souvenir or two.

Honduras is a hiker’s paradise waiting to be explored. With its diverse landscapes, exotic wildlife, and welcoming culture, it’s an adventure that will leave footprints on your soul long after you return home.

¡Feliz viaje! (Happy travels!)



Mike Savage from New Canaan is the Founder of 1-800 Accountant that helps businesses with their accounting services and needs through cutting-edge technology and customer support. 

In his spare time, Savage enjoys creating unique koi ponds, collecting Michael Jordan sneakers, vintage Lego sets, and admiring muscle cars and unique pop art. He and his wife also spearhead the Savage-Rivera foundation to help impoverished families in Honduras.