One of my favorite trails in Pico Bonito is called the El Mapache Trail. Its name, which means the raccoon trail, has more to do with a person that with a raccoon. You see, one of founding fathers of this park, Gerardo Rodriguez, passed away tragically in a car accident during a work trip to Olanchito. This city is on the backside of Pico Bonito. Gerardo’s nickname was “El Mapache”. To honor his memory all agreed that the trails name should be El Mapache.
The El Mapache trail is in the Cangrejal River area, and access is easy through the Pico Bonito National Park Visitors’s Center, located at km 8.8 of the La Ceiba to Yaruca dirt road. You must first register and pay the park entrance fee. Then it is time to cross high over the Cangrejal River in a magnificent 400 foot long suspension bridge. You will feel you are in an Indiana Jones movie! The trail leads through a moderate to steep trail towards the magnificent “El Bejuco” waterfall. The waterfall drops over 200 feet down a cliff on its hurried way towards the Cangrejal River.
The El Mapache Trail is open daily from 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. You certainly do not want to be in the trail after that time. In Honduras, it gets dark quite early. In the winter months, it will be pitch black before 6:00 p.m. You can, on the other hand, pre arrange to visit the El Mapache Trail earlier in the morning. This is easy if you are staying at one of the hotels in Cangrejal River Valley area, such as La Villa de Soledad B&B, which has won several awards from tripadvisor due to the outstanding reviews from their guests.
The Cangrejal River area is one of the highlighted areas for the new Atlantida tourist destination. For more information on the area, you can visit: http://visitatlantida.com/en/destination/atlantida/the-cangrejal-river-valley/ We invite you to come and stay at La Villa de Soledad B&B and experience that different activities available for your enjoyment!