La Moskitia Biosphere – Ecotours and whitewater rafting in Honduras, Central America.

White Water Rafting Tours in Honduras, Central America

White Water Rafting Tours in Honduras, Central America

La Moskitia Ecoaventuras – the adventure travel specialists in Honduras, Central America.

Ecotours and whitewater rafting in Honduras, Central America.
Discover the Mosquito Coast of Honduras, the precious ecosystem
of Central Americas rainforest jungles and cloud forests.

Whitewater River Rafting

Central America has become known as one of the best regions of the world for whitewater river rafting. The isolated rainforest jungles of the Caribbean Coast of Honduras has become one of the choice sites for whitewater adventure in cristaline rivers that pass through spectacular rainforest jungle. La Moskitia Ecoaventuras, located in La Ceiba, Honduras, offers 1/2 day and multi-day whitewater river rafting trips with a variety of levels of difficulty.

Whitewater Rafting on the Rio Cangrejal – 1/2 day

Enjoy the exciting rapids and crystal clear waters of La Ceiba’s Cangrejal river, which borders the mountainous rainforest of the Pico Bonito National Park. Rafting in our inflatable rubber rafts accompanied by English speaking guides provides 4 hours of thrilling adventure navigating through the CLASS III and IV rapids of the Cangrejal river. You can also take a pleasant swim in the inviting warm crystal clear waters of the Cangrejal river. The Cangrejal River has rafting year-round with high water periods in September – January and low water from Febuary through August. Our trips include: instructions, training exercises on how to navigate the raft, picnic lunch, and Emergency 1st Aid Kit and transportation.

(See Climatic guide and rapid classifications).

Services included: Rafts, helmets, life jackets, river rescue equipment, first aid kit, fruits, sandwiches and soft drinks, transportation always near the river, bilingual professional guides.
 

White-water Rafting on the Rio Cangrejal – 1/2 day   
Each $58.00* 
* Price includes 16% Honduras taxes.
 [Climatic guide and rapid classifications]  

Rafting E

Personal equipment to bring on our day rafting trips

This list is designed to meet all you needs, and ensure that you are not overburdened with gear that you will are unlikely to use:

Essential medicines ( e.g. ventilator for asthmatics and adrenaline (EpiPen) in the case of known anaphylactic shock allergic reactions)

  1. Teva type amphibious sandals
  2. Poncho/breathable raingear
  3. Sun glasses with security loop, e.g. Chums
  4. Light fast drying clothing i.e. synthetic long pants (lycra works well), long-sleeve and bathing suit.
  5. Insect repellent and sun-block
  6. Camera and film (water resistant type recommended)
  7. Sun hat or baseball cap
  8. Personal snacks
  9. Canteen/water bottle, at least 1 litre
  10. Binoculars
  11. Medium sized back pack to carry personal items or dry-bag
  12. Life and accident insurance

 

On all  Honduras Eco-adventure tours and expeditions, a back-country first aid kit should be  carried.

Expedition through the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve – 10-14 days (Min 2 Max 10 pers)Your expedition in the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve crosses the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, following the course of the Platano River. We begin in the river’s mountainous headwaters and conclude at its outlet at the Caribbean, we will marvel at the exuberant tropical vegetation, navigate exciting Class III rapids, and enjoy the pleasure of floating through pristine rainforest jungle. Mysterious caves, ancient archaeological sites and contact with the Pech, Miskitos and Garifuna cultures combine to make this experience an unforgettable one – clearly not a tour, but rather an expedition. Three species of monkeys, river otters, blue morpho butterflies and a multitude of parrots and macaws will be our constant companions, and with luck, we may cross paths with a tapir or jaguar. This river flows through the center of the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site and the largest protected area in Central America.

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Services included : Transportation from Tegucigalpa to Olancho (4 x 4 truck), Rio Platano transportation (motor boats), Return to La Ceiba (aeroplane), equipment, first aid adventure kit, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, bilingual nature guides and cultural presentation.
 

Pack Mules

 

Cave and arqueological site

 

Day  
Itinerary A – 10 days
 
1
We travel by vehicle (bus or truck), eastwards from Tegucigalpa heading to Bonanza, a village located in the buffer zone of the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve. (8 hrs).
 
2
We walk through frontier style farms of recent Mestizo colonialists over irregular terrain to arrive at the headwaters of the Plátano River, the put in for our boat trip. (8 hrs.) Mules will carry gear.
 
3 – 4
We make our way through the virgin tropical jungle by rafting down the river paddling class III rapids with frequent stops for scouting. Explore archaeological site and cave. (paddle 6 hrs. per day)
 
5 – 6
On day 5 we arrival at the Subterraneous, a narrow but impressive gorge of massive rocks which extends for nearly one mile down stream. It will require our group’s resolute effort and strength in order to overcome it by three portages and navegation of Class III and IV rapids to reach its lower end successfully. High possibilities to see wildlife.
 
7 – 8
Having left “The Subterraneous” we go downstream through few rapids, passing mysterious petroglyphs, carved into the rocks by unknown ancient artists, and arrive finally at the Pech and Miskito village of Las Marias de Rio Platano. (6 hrs. per day) High possibilities to see wildlife and spectacular birds.
 
9
We pass through Miskito territory as we continue towards the mouth of the river in the company of our Pech and Miskito guides aboard their dug – out canoes made of a single mahogany trunk. In the afternoon we finally get to the coastal Garifuna community of Plaplaya where we will enjoy their rythmical and colorful folkloric dances.
 
10
After breakfast we leave for Palacios (45 mins) from where we fly to La Ceiba and on to Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula or the Bay Islands. End of our services. Lunch not included that day.
 
Itinerary  B- 14 days
 
1-12
We follow the same itinerary of option A, taking it easier since we will take twelve days instead of eight to arrive in Las Marias. We will invest this extra time in nature observation, enjoying the pleasure of swimming in the river, as well as relaxing during camping. We will be surrounded by beautiful virgin forest and will be able to go for short excursions to fish or visit interesting sites nearby.
 
13
We go for a sightseeing tour around Ibans Lagoon in the morning. In the afternoon we move to the coastal Garifuna community of Plaplaya to enjoy their rythmical folkloric dances.
 
14
After breakfast we leave for Palacios (45 mins) from where we fly to La Ceiba and on to Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula or Bay Islands by Turbo-Propeller airplane. End of our services. Lunch not included this day.

Services included : Transportation from Tegucigalpa to Olancho (4 x 4 truck), Río Plátano transportation (motor boats), Return to La Ceiba (aeroplane), equipment, first aid adventure kit, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, bilingual nature guides and cultural presentation.

 

Rates per person according to
number of participants
 (US$)
 
No. of Participants
2  
3
 
4 – 6
 
7 – 10
Rafting Expedition through the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve -10 days * $1518  
$1366
 
$964
 
$894
Rafting Expedition through the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve – 14 days * $1790  
$1543
 
$1343
 
$1238
 
Sico River – Whitewater Rafting – 4 or 6 days (Min 2, Max 10 persons)
Discover the lifestyle of farmers living in remote areas, two different ethnic cultures (Miskito and Garifuna), a great variety of colourful birds, crocodiles, river otters, and the beauty of three different forest ecosystems: pine, tropical hardwood and mangrove, all while navigating the exciting CLASS II and III rapids of the Sico River (also known as the Tinto, Grande or Negro River). This river forms part of the western boundary of the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site.
 

4 day trip - We will navigate down the river six hours a day and camp at a different place every night, until we reach Sico village where we will end our rafting journey and then ride in a dug-out motorboat, known as tuc-tuc, for four hours to Palacios, a Mestizo village.

6 day trip – 
This rafting expedition in the Sico or Tinto River give us three and a half days of full excitement on Class II to III+ rapids. On our route to the river we will pass through extensive African oil palm and banana plantations and plenty of campesino farms. On the river we will navigate through cattle ranches, farmlands, pine forest and secondary forests. The mountain range of Sierra del Carbon and Sierra de Rio Tinto will delight us with its beautiful panoramic views of the pristine forests. We may find dugout canoes coming up or down through navigable sectors of the river or some gold miners searching for that precious metal on the river bed. At the end of the trip we will experience the culture of the Miskitos and Garifuna who live close to the ocean.

 
Services included: Transportation La Ceiba – Palacios – La Ceiba (aeroplane), Rio Platano transportation (boat), equipment,
first aid adventure kit, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, bilingual nature guides and cultural presentation.
 

Day  
SICO Rafting – 4 days
 
SICO Rafting – 6 days
 
1
Transportation in 4×4 vehicle from La Ceiba to Las Jicoteas (5 hrs.) and hike to the put in (1.5 hrs.). Preparation of rafts, beginning of the rafting trip and first camping set up (1 hr.). Transfer in 4×4 pick up truck from La Ceiba to the put in in Puente La Balsa (Rainy season) or Boca de Hule (Dry season) (4 or 6 hrs.). Preparation of equipment and rafting for about 2 hours in Class III rapids to find first camp by El Culuco. Camp on river sand bar.
 
2
We continue rafting down the river and look for our second campsite location at a neat sandy platform (6 hrs.). This day we run the exiting Class III+ rapids of Los Fales. Rafting down the river in Class II rapids (6 hrs.). Camping near Río del Oro on river sand bar.
 
3
We keep floating down the river up to the cowboy village of Sico (3 hrs.) and later continue our journey by motor boat to Palacios (4 hrs.). This night we experience Garifuna cultural dance. Rafting in Class II and III rapids passing El Guano, Corriente del Tigre and Piedra Parada to camp by Cayo de la Iguana. (6 hrs.) Camp on river sand bar.
 
4
Fly from Palacios to La Ceiba at 12:00. Continue our rafting expedition passing Lavaderito, La Bacadilla, Quesera and the exciting Class III + rapids of Los Fales (6 hrs.). Camp on river sand bar.
 
5
Navigate the last sector on calm water until we arrive at Sico Village (3 hrs.). After eating a hot lunch in town we continue our journey down the river in a motorized dug out canoe called tuc tuc until we reach Palacios, a Mestizo village located in the Bacalar Lagoon by the Caribbean sea (4hrs.). Lodging in Hotel Río Tinto. Garifuna cultural dance at night.
 
6
After breakfast visit the relics where English pirates once roamed. Fly to La Ceiba at 12:00. End of our services.

 

Rates per person according to
number of participants
 (US$)
 
No. of Participants
2  
3
 
4 – 6
 
7 – 10
Sico rafting – 4 days * $679  
$621
 
$551
 
$487
Sico rafting – 6 days * $916  
$835
 
$754
 
$679

* Price includes 16% Honduras taxes.

Pico Bonito hiking and 1/2 day Whitewater Rafting in the Rio Cangrejal – 3 days/ 2 nights (Min 2, Max 10 pers.)


Enjoy 3 days/ 2 nights, the exuberant tropical rain forest of the PICO BONITO NATIONAL PARK and whitewater river rafting in the turbulent and exciting rapids of Río Cangrejal, both located just a few minutes from La Ceiba. We will camp in the park for one night, hike along the nature trails, enjoying the crystal clear waters of Bonito River. Whitewater rafting on the Cangrejal river on the third day will last approximately four hours and will include instructions on the use of the raft and practical training exercises.

 
 
 
 
 

Rio Zacate in Pico Bonito National Park

Day  
Itinerary – 3 days
 
1
Trip starts at midday from to La Ceiba. Transfer to the National Park, hiking (3 hrs.) and camping.
 
2
Hiking (4 hrs.), picnic and return to Hotel in La Ceiba.
 
3
Rafting in Rio Cangrejal (8:00 am – 12:00 am) and back to La Ceiba.

Services included: Camping equipment, first aid kit, transfers, hotel, breakfast, lunch, dinner, professional guides, bilingual nature guides.
Rates per person according to
number of participants
 (US$)
 
No. of Participants
2  
3
 
4 – 6
 
7 – 10
Pico Bonito (Río Zacate) hiking only – 1 day * $58  
$52
 
$46
 
$41
Pico Bonito hiking – 3 days (1/2 day rafting) * $332  
$287
 
$230
 
$206

IMPORTANT these itineraries are the main guideline for our tours, however the guide has the right to make adjustments to ensure the utmost security and safety of the clients. Other factors may affect the itinerary, such as sudden changes in water levels while rafting, obstacles in the rivers, the pace of hikers, conditions of the trails, floods and severe foul weather. In all our expeditions we only use dead wood found on the riverbanks to prepare meals. Physiological necessities are taken care in the same way a cat does, with our folding shovel. We sleep in tents and we normally eat a hot cooked breakfast and dinner, while lunches are cold. Where our itinerary takes us to indigenous villages, we often use local lodging, transportation and services. In this way these local communities also benefit from your participation in Honduran eco-tourism. All tours are offered in Spanish and English, and all eco-tours are guided by a knowledgeable naturalist.

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