Pico Bonito National Park and Surrounding Areas

Session 1 - March 12-20, 2019
Session 2 - March 22-30, 2019


Pico Bonito National Park is located on the North Coast of Honduras near the Caribbean coastal town of La Ceiba. Pico Bonito is the second largest national park in the country. Home to over 420 species of birds, tropical amphibians and exotic mammals such as kinkajous, peccaries, coatis, monkeys, tyras and jaguars. It is famous for the largest peak of the Nombre de Dios mountain range, Pico Bonito is 2435 meters high. We will explore the lower regions of the park around the Lodge at Pico Bonito (our home base) and the Rio Zacate area of the park. 

The geography of the Pico Bonito National Park provides for several unique habitats since it starts on the narrow coastal plains of the Caribbean shores of Honduras, which are only a few feet above sea level, and reaches a maximum altitude of 2435 meters above sea level within a short distance, only to drop back into the low lying Aguan Valley on the backside of the mountain range. This abrupt change in altitude creates a rapid transition from the low lying tropical rain forest to the high elevation cloud forest, and on to a very dry forest on the backside of the park. Making Pico Bonito a heaven for diverse wildlife inside the Park.


Our home base will be the 5-star Eco Hotel "The Lodge at Pico Bonito". The lodge is located in the most effectively protected area of the entire Pico Bonito National Park, because the hotel has security guards that enforce the law, and do not allow hunting within their property. The result is incredible, as a variety of animals, including mammals, can be seen from their private trails. The grounds of The Lodge at Pico Bonito also has three lookout towers that allow one to climb up to the level of the forest canopy and get a bird’s eye view of the park, including many birds that live high in the tree tops.

During our week stay we will photograph at Pico Bonito National Park and at the following surrounding areas:

  • Cuero y Salado National Wildlife 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.
      Getting there is half the adventure. After a short drive from the Lodge, you will travel in a small motorized train or a pushcart called a "burra" along the narrow-gauge railway that leads through pastures and coconut plantations to the mouth of the Salado River. You will tour and photograph the wildlife-rich estuaries in a small motorized skiff.
  • Rio Santiago Nature Resort

    • The property is flanked by the stunningly scenic Santiago River, and four crystalline mountain streams tumble over waterfalls through a private nature preserve of over 150 acres. A wide range of on and off-site activities make Rio Santiago a paradise for families, nature lovers, bird watchers, and eco-travelers. Here we will concentrate in photographing hummingbirds (thousands of them) and the other critters like tent bats that live along the trails on the resort.

  • Rio Zacate Waterfalls

    • The Rio Zacate Waterfalls are the most spectacular, and most accessible, waterfalls in Pico Bonito National Park. Dropping from near vertical peaks deep within the Park, the river forms an immense double cascade which has scoured out a huge, brilliant deep pool where hikers can kick off their boots and plunge into the cool waters below.

  • Cayos Cochinos (Hog Islands)

    • One of the premier snorkeling locations of the world, the Cayos Cochinos are a group of 15 small remote islands about 10 miles from 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. The protected area covers approximately 190 square miles (490 square kilometers).

      The Cayos Cachinos are reached by a 26-foot outboard motor boat. The Lodge provides fins, masks and snorkels. The snorkeling trip includes a fresh fish lunch at a Garifuna village on one of the islands.

      Here we will photograph the fabulous Garifuna People, the island scenics and the Pink Boa, a Boa Constrictor subspecies only found here at the islands.

- Cost of Photo Tour - $4500.00 per photographer (double occupancy)*
- For single supplement add $690.00

- Lodging at the Lodge at Pico Bonito throughout our stay.
- One night lodging at Turtle Bay Eco Resort in Cayos Chochinos Islands.
- All meals that includes 1 non-alcoholic drink per meal.
- Drinking water throught our tour.
- Local Bilingual Guides.
- Round Trip San Pedro Sula Airport Transfers.
- Transportation to and from all the surrounding areas we will visit.
- All applicable taxes.

- Airfare to and from San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Personal items (souvenirs, batteries, etc).
- Extra services at Hotel like use of the Spa, laundry service, etc.
- Gratuities for local guides, porters, wait staff and drivers.   

We are limiting the number of photographers to 8 so you can get our full attention and be very comfortable at all shooting locations and during transport with your photo gear.  With two co-leaders you will have a 4:1 ratio of participant to instructor.

A $1500 deposit is required at the time of enrollment with full payment due by November 1, 2018.

2 dates to choose from
Session 1 - March 12-20, 2019
Session 2 - March 22-30, 2019


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or by mailing a U.S. Check or Money Order Payable to:
Hector D. Astorga
2510 Dove Avenue
Mission, TX 78574


Deposits & Cancellation Policy:

  • A $1500 deposit is required at the time of enrollment with full payment due by November 1, 2018.
  • Deposits and tour/workshop fees are non-refundable.
  • If the photo workshop is full and someone from the waiting list can take your spot, your tuition is fully refundable minus a 15% cancellation fee.
  • We are not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other reasons.
  • Should cancellation be required due to severe weather, an alternate date will be scheduled at no additional charges.
  • No fees will be refunded if you withdraw after the photo workshop begins.
  • We are not responsible for any fees associated with non-refundable air travel, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

For more information or questions please contact Hector Astorga:
Email: hector@hectorastorga.com 
Phone: (956) 821-0701.