After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred from San Pedro Sula to Gracias.
The historic town of Gracias is one of the prettiest settlements in Honduras. Founded in 1536, the town’s original name was Gracias a Dios (Thanks to God) and for a short time it was the capital of Central America before the capital was moved to Antigua, Guatemala. The quiet cobblestone town has an impressive fort, colonial buildings and churches and is an undiscovered gem and one of the best-kept secrets of Honduras!
After checking in at your hotel, you will head to Celaque National Park for a guided hike. From Gracias, a dirt road leads up to the community of Villaverde, the route following a creek that provides water to the city of Gracias. It is 9kms to the Visitor Centre and en route you will pass through several different Honduran coffee fincas (farms). Between the months of November and February, you may be able to see some of the coffee being picked.
The Parque Nacional Montana de Celaque, is one of Honduras’s most pristine national parks and boasts one of the largest tracts of cloud forest left in Central America. It is home to El Cerro de las Minas, the country’s highest peak (2,849m) and shrouded in forest. There are rivers, waterfalls, sheer cliffs as well as an abundance of wildlife including pumas, ocelots, quetzals, monkeys, squirrels and reptiles. Celaque, a word from the Lenca dialect meaning “box of water”, provides water to all of the communities that are around the National Park.
From the Visitor Centre, take a guided hike through the Park along some of the trails. You may see many orchids and abundant bird life. There is a waterfall and you can visit the area where the pine forest transitions into a broad leaf forest that is typical of a tropical cloud forest.