One of the highlights of Honduras is the fact that the some of the best tropical rain forests of Central America are located in this country. Without doubt, the abundance of this unique habitat is especially large along the Caribbean Coast of Central America, which is much more humid than the Pacific coast of Central America. The tropical rain forests of Central America where probably the main reason why the Spanish Conquistadors kept away from the Caribbean Coast and settled along the more friendly climate along the Pacific Ocean, thus, most of the important cities in Central America are either on the Pacific Coast or the highlands of Central America. Cities such as Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa, San Salvador, Leon, Granada, San Jose and Panama city are all along the Pacific Coast region which offers a much drier climate, where life was easier without the excess of bugs, diseases, and poisonous snakes you find in the jungles of the Caribbean Coasts.
Most of the Caribbean Coast of Central America is still very inaccessible, even today, in the XXI century! The eastern tip of Honduras, known as the Moskito Coast, or “La Moskitia” in Spanish, is still inaccessible by land, and can only be reached by air or sea! The same can be said for the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, where access is almost completely limited to either traveling down rivers to the coast, or flying. For example, Bluefields, the largest city in the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua does not have a road that connects it with the rest of the country, and access is only via a 3 hour boat ride down the Rio Escondido from the Community of El Rama to Bluefields. The same applies to the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica and Panama, which are quite isolated to this day. This makes the Northwestern Caribbean coast of Honduras truly unique, because this area is actually quite developed. Honduras has cities like Tela, La Ceiba and Trujillo that are on the Caribbean and that due to the rugged mountains behind them, plus the fact that most of these mountains are protected areas, still offer some of the more dense tropical rain forests of Central America.
These tropical rain forests of Central America are still in a great state of preservation, and form what is considered the Mesoamerican biological corridor, that allows for the migration of large mammals, such as the iconic Jaguar, king of the tropical rain forests of Central America, and the Antillean Manatee in the estuaries and coastal lagoons along the coast. National Parks, such as Pico Bonito National Park are not only icons, but actually provide access for tourists to visit the tropical rain forests of Central America. For the traveler that is looking to interact with the rain forests of Central America, Honduras, and in particular, La Ceiba offers the best alternative for easy access and a unique experience. Perhaps the best option for a great experience is to be found along the Cangrejal River Valley, a unique area where two national parks converge, and where you can find a variety of jungle ecohotels, inns, lodges and tour operators providing different services and experiences. For more information, you can visit www.cangrejalriver.com. If you want a chance to experience the tropical rain forests of Central America, visit the Caribbean Coast of Honduras, and stay at La Villa de Soledad B&B which is in the Cangrejal River Valley.