La Villa de Soledad B&B is proud to announce that Tripadvisor has just awarded us with the tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 recognition! This is the second year in a row that Tripadvisor has bestowed this distinction on our small bed and breakfast located in the lovely Cangrejal River Valley!
Congratulations to La Villa de Soledad B&B!
TripAdvisor is delighted to award La Villa de Soledad B&B the 2015 Certificate of Excellence. This achievement is a direct result of your consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers.
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Above all, we must say that this award would have not been possible if our valued guests had not taken the time to share their holiday experience with the tripadvisor travel community by writing reviews about their experience at La Villa de Soledad. Being innkeepers in our small bed and breakfast has been a wonderful experience. Meeting lovely, interesting travelers from around the world in their quest for a unique vacation in a relatively remote part of our planet has to be one of outstanding, fun and fulfilling experiences we have had.
The fact that our property has a unique location, on the banks of the Cangrejal River, within Nombre de Dios National Park and facing Pico Bonito National Park has helped put us on the map. The hard work and friendly hospitality has also played an important role in our success. But there is no doubt that the fact that our guests are educated adventurers, looking for a unique destination, and willing to go against the bad press and misleading travel warnings that many nations have put up against Honduras that has really helped us getting on the map.
Our guests have found that Honduras is nation of friendly, hospitable people. Travel destinations, such as the Cangrejal River Valley, located within the destination of Atlantida are extremely safe, and our travelers revel in the safety of our community and the many different activities that are available for their enjoyment.
Our commitment to past and future guests, is that we will continue to work hard and having a unique inn where you can have an unforgettable vacation, that will become a memory that you will cherish for a lifetime! We plan to work hard to get the tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence award next year again, as well as the Tripadvisor travelers choice award that was issued to La Villa de Soledad in 2014 and again 2015. For those adventure travelers that have already been our guests, our most sincere thanks, to those considering visiting us, be aware that we will be honored to have you as our guests!
Looking for some reasons why to relocate to Central America?
There are many reasons why you should consider relocating to Central America. Of course, many of those reasons have to do with personal choices, and there is no doubt that everyone has their own reasons on why you should or why you shouldn’t relocate to Central America. This being said, I am going to share a few of the reasons why I decided to relocate To Central America.
Personally, I decided to relocate to Central America 22 years ago, and have spent those 22 years in Honduras. I guess you can say that I am one of the individuals who successfully managed his relocation to this lovely part of the World.
Three of my four grandparents took the decision to relocate from their countries to Latin America back in the late 1920’s. Two came from the USA, the other from Denmark. They all chose Mexico City, which back then was a lovely cosmopolitan city with lots of charm. I myself was born in Mexico City, and I must say that back in the 1960’s, when Mexico City had a population of about two million people, it was a great city to have been brought up in. Over the years, the city grew, and grew fast, and by the 1980’s it was a city of almost eighteen million inhabitants. I knew then that it was time to move on. In my personal opinion, the quality of life is directly proportional to the population in a location. The higher the population, the lower the quality of life. At first, I fled to Cancun, a small beach town trying to become an important tourist destination. Back in the 1980’s Cancun had a population of 40,000 inhabitants. It was a small town, and visiting those extensive white sand beaches that were still very much unspoiled, together with the charming colonial towns in the Yucatan and the dense jungles that hid the remains of the Mayan culture provided a dream come true for me. However, the success of Cancun, was for me, its downfall. Cancun grew within 12 years to be a city of over one million inhabitants, the extensive unspoiled beaches were all built up, and at least for me, the allure of Cancun was lost. It was time to look at another relocation process…
I chose to relocate to Central America because it has that magic that you used to find in Mexico, friendly people, charming towns, unspoiled nature, affordable living, best of all, there is always a solution for everything. Life is after all, less structured in this part of the World.
Central America is of course formed by diverse countries, each with its own problems, and its own advantages. My first consideration was for Costa Rica or Guatemala. However, after a visit to Costa Rica, I was turned off by the country. I think I had over expectations about it, plus the truth is that even back in the 1990’s it was already very competitive and expensive. Guatemala is spectacular, it holds the strongest economy in the region, however, I found it to very competitive. Honduras, on the other hand, was a pleasant surprise, I did not have many expectations about it, and I found it was a land of opportunities. It still is, and I am pleased with the decision that I took many years ago to relocate to Central America, and specifically in Honduras.
Am I happy I decided to relocate in Central America? Most definitely so! Do I still think it is a good option to relocate in Honduras? Yes, however there is another country that I perceive as being just as good or even better: Nicaragua. Nicaragua offers the most foreign friendly conditions for individuals looking to relocate to Central America.
I must also confess that having been born and raised in Mexico City was a wonderful advantage for me, as I speak native Spanish and understand the “latino mentality” and the way the system works. Over the years I have met many other expats who chose to relocate to Central America and make Honduras their home. The vast majority of them are happy they did so!
If you are considering moving to Honduras and possibly establishing residence here, I suggest you come down and spend some time meeting and learning from others who have done the move before you. If you are looking at Honduras, consider the Bay Islands, Copan Ruinas, and the Cangrejal River Valley near La Ceiba as some of the top locations to establish yourself in. Feel free to drop me an email for questions, and even more so, plan on traveling to our part of the World, experience life at La Villa de Soledad B&B and decide for yourself is this lifestyle is what you are looking for!
Are you thinking or traveling through Central America? Perhaps you are the perfect candidate to do some flashpacking in Central America!
As we grow, we slowly change, many times, we are not even aware of the fact that we have changed, until we take some time to recall past experiences that we fully enjoyed, but would probably not enjoy doing them again as we get older. Travel, is certainly one those instances, where our preferences change as time goes by. The romantic days of traveling with a backpack and meeting fun people from around the world with whom we instantly made friendships will always follow us throughout our travel plans, however, sharing dorm rooms, bathrooms, and that general lack of private space suddenly seems somewhat lackluster for our current travel style.
It is time then, to become a flashpacker, and there are few places in the world that are better for flashpacking in Central America than Honduras! In general terms, a flashpacker is a traveler that refuses to give up his convenient backpack, loves to travel to far out places, and mingle with the local communities to live life changing experiences whilst traveling. So far, flashpacking and backpacking seem synonymous huh? Well, more or less, because the flashpacker is not willing to spend the night roughing it out in a hostel, sharing a room and a bath with other travelers. He has become somewhat picky, and is looking for place to stay in that has some “sense of place” a character of its own, and offers an experience in itself. According to Shivya Nath, an award winning travel blogger who is native to India, flashpacker is a “new term that’s doing the rounds in the travel circuit these days; it means a traveller who’s neither a backpacker nor a luxury traveller, but seeks value for money experiences.”
Shivya is an experienced traveler, author of a travel blog called “The Shooting Star” that recently travelled through Central America. For Honduras, she choose two different destinations as part of her flashpacking in Central America tour: The Cangrejal River Valley and the lovely Bay Island of Guanaja. You can read about her experiences in her blog page in the Honduras section.
Few places in the region will offer you better options for a unique flashpacking in Central America trip! Go ahead, set your vacations dates up and book now for a vacation that will change the way you see Honduras and Central America!
Historic: UNWTO Secretary General visits Honduras!
Last week, Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) made a historic visit to Honduras. His tour of Honduras included time in Tegucigalpa, Roatan, La Ceiba, Copan Ruinas and Gracias. One of the most significant moments of his visit took place during his stay at La Ceiba, where he was invited to a luncheon at the Lodge at Pico Bonito, the premier eco lodge in Honduras. The luncheon was offered by Canaturh La Ceiba, and was attended by the Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai, as well as by Mr. Carlos Vogeler, director for the Americas at the UNWTO, the Dean at the National Autonomous University of Honduras, Dr. Julieta Castellanos, Mr. Norman Aguilar, Honduras ambassador to Spain, Mr. Emilio Silvestri, director of the Honduras Institute of Tourism and Pamy Marinakys, National President of CANATURH. The four mayors of Atlantida, Mr. Mario Fuentes of Tela, Mr. Carlos Aguilar of La Ceiba, Dr. Noe Guardado of Jutiapa and Mr. Mario Melendez of El Porvenir were all present at the event.
During the exclusive luncheon, John Dupuis, president of Canaturh La Ceiba offered a toast for Atlantida, the new destination that includes the above mentioned municipalities, that he considers the most complete and authentic destination in Central America, offering World Class diving, 8 National Parks or protected areas and the Garifuna culture, declared by the UNESCO as an Intangible World Heritage asset.
One of the highlights was when Dr. Taleb Rifai spontaneously offered a short speech, congratulating Honduras for being the third country in the World to establish a UNWTO sustainable tourism observatory, after China and Greece. This means that Honduras is actually leading in the Americas in this important effort to promote sustainable tourism! The observatory, which will function out of the UNAH – Curla campus in La Ceiba, will measure over 160 factors of how tourism impacts on the environment, local economies, society as well as the effect it can have in the reduction of poverty. Dr. Julieta Castellanos, the Dean at the UNAH will be the enthusiastic leader of this new observatory.
This is the first time that a UNWTO Secretary General visits Honduras, however, Dr. Taleb Rifai was so impressed with Honduras, that he pledged he will be back next year with his family on a vacation!
The official commitment on behalf of Honduras was stamped in Tegucigalpa by President Hernandez himself, after accepting the open letter from the UNWTO and signing the “UNWTO Golden Book” making Honduras the sixtieth country in the World to commit to the development of tourism as an important tool to promote development and reduce poverty.
We congratulate La Ceiba, its chamber of tourism, and the CURLA branch of the National Autonomous University of Honduras for such an important milestone on behalf of La Ceiba, Atlantida and Honduras!
Do you have an itch to explore the dense Central America tropical jungles?
Central America and tropical jungles have been together for as long as we can recall. One of the first adventurers into the Central America tropical jungles was John Lloyd Stephens, that famous explorer who visited Central America in the first half of the XIX century in search of the lost cities of the Mayas. His travels were immortalized in the magnificent book titled Incidents of Travel in Central America. Stephens, together with his travel partner Frederick Catherwood both described magnificent sites lost deep in the Central America tropical jungles. Since then, foreign adventurers have visited the expansive Central American tropical jungles in search of an adventure of a lifetime.
Central America today does not have the huge expanses of tropical jungles it did over a century and half ago, so despite the fact that travel is much easier, affordable and faster, you must go a bit further to find the best Central America tropical jungles.
So where are the best preserved Central America tropical jungles? The Caribbean coast of Central America is far more humid and rainy that the Pacific coast. Because of this, if you are looking for authentic tropical rainforests with dense jungles, you must seek for them on the Caribbean coast of Central America.
The largest expanses of Central America tropical jungles can be found in Honduras and Nicaragua. In Honduras, the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, and in Nicaragua, the Rio Indio Biosphere Reserve are the two largest, best preserved expanses of Central America tropical jungles to be found. One of the reasons that these two areas are so well preserved is their relative isolation. Getting to them is hard, there are no roads, and you will find that accommodations in the area range from extremely basic to nonexistent. This means you must carry all of your required needs with you: tent, food, water, etc. There are a few tour operators that specialize in trips to these remote Central America tropical jungles, and perhaps the most experienced of all is La Moskitia Eco-Aventuras.
A much more accessible option can be found in Atlantida. Atlantida is the new upcoming destination in Honduras, and offers easy access to some of the most magnificent Central America tropical jungles! Pico Bonito National Park is a rugged, mountainous park that is located just 10 miles from the Caribbean coast. This means that you can have spectacular views of the coast from the mountains, which reach up to an altitude of over 8,000 feet above sea level! Here you can find the unique Cangrejal River Valley, which provides for a natural border between Pico Bonito National Park and Nombre de Dios National Park. The Cangrejal River valley offers many different adventure activities, including World class white water rafting, waterfall descents and canyoning, zip line canopy tours and outstanding hiking. Best of all, you will find a variety of options where you can stay and enjoy the rainforests of Pico Bonito and Nombre de Dios, some of the best Central America tropical jungles to be found.
One of these lodges is La Villa de Soledad a lovely boutique bed and breakfast that offers world class comfort that naturally blends into the tropical rainforests. There is no doubt that Atlantida offers the best option to enjoy Central America tropical rainforests, and that La Villa de Soledad is the perfect place to relax in nature and make the best of these fabulous Central America tropical rainforests!
Why Visit Honduras? Planning your next vacations? Here are some tips of why Honduras is a great option.
As you are planning your next vacation, if you are considering Honduras as a destination, you will regularly get a question from just about anyone: Why visit Honduras? The question of course is cast in an effort to convince you that you should not plan a trip to this lovely country. The possibility of you being hard headed and stubborn can well be the answer to the why visit Honduras question, however there are many, many good reasons why you should. Here are just a few:
Over one million tourists set their feet in Honduras last year, and they all enjoyed themselves and found the country to be friendly, beautiful and safe. Many of these tourists are actually planning their next trip to Honduras, as they found the country to be safe and inviting!
There is an adventurer in most of us. This is why a traveler chooses to visit Central America, because it is still off the beaten path, you can still live genuine, authentic experiences during your travels to this part of the World. If you are looking for a vacation where everything is preset, calculated to the last minute, and everything will go exactly as planned, I suggest a trip to Disneyworld or a guided tour to Europe. Why visit Honduras? Because Honduras is authentic and genuine, because its people are friendly and welcoming, because you will live an experience that you will cherish for a long time…
Honduras is the least visited country in Central America, and as such, you will not be overrun by tourists. Nothing worse that arriving at a remote location and finding it has been turned into a tourist trap! In Honduras, a visit to the Copan Archaeological site will be a magical experience, much unlike it is when you visit the Archaeological site of Chichen Itza in the Yucatan and find thousands of visitors touring the site. Why visit Honduras? Because you can dive the reefs off the Bay Islands or Utila, Guanaja, Roatan and Cayos Cochinos and you will not be overtaken by swarm of divers all trying to take in the beauty of the barrier reef like you will find in Cozumel.
Honduras has some magnificent National Parks. The destination known as Atlantida offers a total of 8 protected areas / national parks within its realm, and here, you will enjoy different habitats without the hordes of tourists hiking the trails as you will find in Costa Rica.
Hopefully by now, the answer to why visit Honduras has been answered. However if you still have some doubts, I can add a couple more: Honduras is affordable. Much more affordable that Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama. Your dollar or euro will go a lot further in Honduras than in the rest of the above mentioned countries.
Honduras also has a variety of boutique small bed and breakfasts and inns that offer outstanding service, a good deal for your buck, and easy access to different activities. A perfect example is La Villa de Soledad B&B, a boutique bed and breakfast located in the Cangrejal River Valley, just outside of La Ceiba and adjacent to Pico Bonito National Park. Awarded the 2015 tripadvisor travelers choice award for a second year in a row, La Villa de Soledad offers the perfect setting for and adventure vacation, for relaxed escape to the tropical rainforests of Central America or a combination of both!
Honduras has the highest percentage of bilingual English – Spanish speaking people in the Spanish speaking countries in Central America. This means that even if you do not have the domain over Spanish as a language, you are surely to find someone along the road that will help you out. So why visit Honduras? Because your dollar will go further, because you will find friendly English speaking people to help you out, because it is not a tourist trap and above all, because you will be safe, just as the over one million tourists that visit Honduras every year. Come, have the vacation of your lifetime, and you will find yourself asking why did I not visit Honduras before instead of why visit Honduras!
Are you looking for an excuse to travel with your family? Here are some great Central America family vacation ideas!
There are several reasons why you should consider a Central America Family Vacation. A first, very good reason is that if you live in North America, a Central America family vacation is affordable, and only a short trip from just about any gateway in the USA. Getting here from Canada and Mexico is also easy! American, Delta, United, and Spirit all fly regularly to all of Central America. Flying time from important gateways, such as Miami, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas is approximately 2 ½ hours on average!
Although Central America might seem rough and dangerous, and you will find all sorts of travel warnings out there, the fact is that millions of tourists traverse the region every year, and you will be safer in Central America than you would be in many of the bigger cities in the US!
A good place to start thinking about some Central America family vacations ideas is right in the heart of Central America: Honduras. Perhaps the most under visited country in Central America is Honduras, and a lot of it is because the bad rap that press loves to give to the country and the lack of response from the government to react to the bad press. Honduras makes for a great Central American family vacation, with extensive beaches, beautiful Caribbean Islands, mysterious Mayan ruins and some of the best preserved tropical rain forests in all of Central America. Honduras is the only one of the traditional Central American countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica) that offers the opportunity to combine your Central America Vacations with the Caribbean, giving you the best of both worlds!
Of course, you are looking for affordable Central America family vacation ideas! Vacations in Honduras are fun, adventurous and affordable. Honduran people are friendly and courteous, and always happy to go out of their way to help a foreigner out. Best of all, Hondurans love North America and its people, so they will do their very best to make sure that your Central America family vacation is a memorable experience that you will always cherish. Take if from me, I came to Honduras and loved it so much that 22 years later I am still here enjoying my vacations in Honduras and looking for new Central America family vacation ideas!
The most complete vacation destination in Central America is located within Honduras: Atlantida. Atlantida is a beautiful tropical destination that offers the best beaches in Central America, the largest diversity of National Parks and protected areas in Central America, including the Natural Marine Monument at Cayos Cochinos, a pristine Caribbean setting, rugged, jungle clad mountains of Pico Bonito and Nombre de Dios National Parks, and the Marine estuaries at Cuero y Salado.
One of the most unique locations in all of Central America is the Cangrejal River Valley. This area is truly unique, and offers a combination of adventure activities together with nature activities. The truth is that you will be hard pressed to find a better location for some Central America family vacations anywhere!
Within this unique and special valley you will find small lodges and inns, such as La Villa de Soledad B&B that give you easy access to a variety of activities, including hiking in Pico Bonito National Park, white water rafting in the Cangrejal River, rappel descents down beautiful natural waterfalls lost in the jungles of Nombre de Dios National Park or simply relaxing in a hammock and enjoying the sounds of nature.
La Villa de Soledad B&B is family friendly eco jungle lodge, and we love to have families with an adventuresome strain in them! Hurry and book your next Central America family vacations with us! We will be happy to help arrange all the details to insure that they are the most memorable family vacation yet for you!
La Ceiba, the capital of de department of Atlantida is located on the Caribbean Coast of Central America, and is world famous for its Carnival. The upcoming La Ceiba Carnival 2015 will take place in the month of May, which may sound strange, as a Carnival per se is usually celebrated in the days leading to Ash Wednesday. The truth is that in the case of the La Ceiba Carnival 2015, the dates are set to honor the patron saint, Isidore the Labourer, also known as Isidore the Farmer (San Isidro Labrador) whose day is celebrated on the 15th of May. This year, the dates for the La Ceiba Carnival 2015 will be from the 9th of May to the 23rd of May, with the big celebration being precisely the Carnival itself on the Saturday the 23rd of May.
The La Ceiba Carnival 2015 includes a full day of activities. During the day, a big parade with floats, horse parades, local school bands etc, will march down the main avenue of La Ceiba, Avenida San Isidro, where they will briefly stop in front of the City Hall to pay their respects to the city mayor and other authorities. Traditionally, the parade ends just before dusk, and within minutes, the parade scene gives space to a series of different bands that are playing live music. These bands are some of the best national musicians, who will alternate throughout the night with international artists that are always part of the grand event.
As always, hotels are fully occupied for this busy weekend, when travelers from throughout Honduras, as well as from Central America and beyond come to the city to have a blast. Because of this, I fully recommend that you book your rooms in advance if you are looking to coming to enjoy the La Ceiba Carnival 2015.
Although it’s true that the city gets packed, and to a certain degree, overcrowded, that does not mean you should avoid a visit to La Ceiba if you do not like crowds. The Cangrejal River Valley, an area that is located just 6 miles from town, offers a serene natural environment, where you will not even know that there is a big party going on downtown. The sounds of the river flowing hurriedly towards the Caribbean Sea, the birds singing and generally the sounds of nature will be all that you will hear.
If you want to party, then the La Ceiba Carnival 2015 is perfect for you, however if you want peace and quiet or nature and adventure you can get both in La Ceiba just a few miles apart. If you are looking for nature and adventure, do not overlook La Villa de Soledad B&B a lovely property that was just awarded the top Honduras Bed and Breakfast title by Tripadvisor. Come and relax in nature at La Villa de Soledad B&B!
Looking for the perfect Central America eco retreats?
Honduras is the most forested country in Central America and has a larger territory of protected areas that Costa Rica, which has marketed itself as THE eco friendly country in Central America. The truth is that there are many truly special Central America eco retreats to be found in Honduras, and that you should seriously consider these as your top priority.
Probably the biggest plus of visiting Central America eco retreats in Honduras over Costa Rica or any other Central American country, for that matter, is the fact that in Honduras, you will not be overrun by tourists. The last thing you need when booking into Central America eco retreats is to find that you have booked into a tourist trap!
Because Honduras fell off the tourist map a few years ago after a political crisis, you will find that there are few tourists currently visiting the country. However, all of this is now changing, as the new government has managed to turn things around and security is certainly on the rise. The truth is that Honduras is the best deal to be found in Central America.
So, if you are looking for some unique Central America eco retreats, and considering Honduras, where in Honduras should you look? The highest concentration of eco retreats in Honduras is to be found in Atlantida, the new upcoming travel destination in Honduras that is located on the Caribbean Coast and offers 7 protected area within its territory. Best of all, it is also the gateway to the Bay Islands of Honduras: Utila, Roatan and Guanaja. Roatan, by the way, is certainly the largest and most developed of the Bay Islands, and many consider it overrun by cruise ship tourists, but there are actually several truly unique eco retreats on the island that are secluded from the rat race of cruise ship passengers.
Within Atlantida, you will find that the Cangrejal River Valley is a unique eco location that is absolutely stunning. Located only 12 miles from the port facilities where the Bay Islands ferry’s depart, the Cangrejal River Valley offers a variety of top Central America eco retreats that will blow your socks off!
Here unique facilities, such as La Villa de Soledad B&B offer the perfect setting for an unforgettable escape to Central America eco retreats vacations that you will cherish for a lifetime. Activities include adventure rafting and rappelling tours, as well as zip line canopy tours; which blend into the nature tours such as bird watching, hiking trails to hidden waterfalls withing Pico Bonito or Nombre de Dios National Parks and horse back riding tours through local communities and jungle trails. You can of course, simply relax in nature, and catch up with yourself while reading your favorite book in the comfort of a hammock in one of our many cool verandahs.
La Villa de Soledad is truly a one of a kind spot, ideal for unforgettable Central America eco retreats experience!
Following is a list of what we consider a few of the reasons to stay at La Villa de Soledad. They are not arranged in any particular order, and many of them reflect our core values as a family run bed and breakfast.
1.- Safe, Family Atmosphere
Safety is always a concern when you are away from home. You want to get to know new places, experience new adventures, learn new things and see life through a different lens, but you certainly don’t want any serious risks involved. At La Villa de Soledad you will find an oasis of safety that will help you relax and enjoy to the max. Knowing that you are staying with a family makes you feel like you are a part of a family, where you are meant to be. When traveling abroad, staying at a place where you have a feeling of belonging makes your stay so much more pleasant! Safety is certainly one of the better reasons to stay at La Villa de Soledad.
2.- Great Wi Fi
Our location is relatively remote, and being in Central America, you will find that wi fi is not readily available just anywhere. That is why having access to fast wi fi is a true luxury. At La Villa de Soledad B&B you will enjoy feeling in a remote location and yet having fast access to wi fi. Hi speed internet access should not be a luxury in this day and age, and at La Villa de Soledad B&B we offer it on a complimentary basis to all of our guests. We are hooked up to a fiber optic cable, so our internet is fast and consistent!
3.- Direct access to two national parks.
Located right between two National Parks, La Villa de Soledad B&B offers direct, walking access to both, Pico Bonito National Park and Nombre de Dios National Park. This is tropical rain forest territory at its best! Trails to both parks are easily accessible from your comfortable rooms. Exthe trails, hike to hidden waterfalls, go in search of that elusive bird you need to checklist or simply relax in your hammock and enjoy the forest from the comfort of our spacious, cool verandahs! Accessibility to two national parks is certainly of of the reasons to stay at La Villa de Soledad!
4.-Adventure activities available at your doorstep
We are all adventurers to a certain degree, but lets face it, if you have traveled to Central America, your adventure strain is stronger than most. Fortunately, you will find several different adventure activities that you can truly enjoy while staying at La Villa de Soledad. World Class white water rafting, zip line canopy tours and rappelling down waterfalls are all available within walking distance of La Villa de Soledad. Certainly good reasons to stay at La Villa de Soledad!
5.- Nature activities available at your doorstep.
If you are considering visiting Honduras and the Cangrejal River Valley, there is no doubt that you are looking for nature. There are few places that are better suited for vacations in nature than the Cangrejal River Valley. Being right in between two national parks means you can choose from a variety of trails, hike up to waterfalls hidden in the tropical rain forests and have a great birding experience!
6.- The perfect atmosphere to relax in nature and reconnect with your soul.
Sometimes, what we really need is a chance to disconnect with the world and re connect with ourselves. You need some peace and quiet, some tranquility… You need to listen to the sounds of nature and simply not be bothered. There are few places as perfect as La Villa de Soledad to simply relax in nature and reconnect with yourself. Come and see it for yourself. However, I must warn you, you may not want to leave! This has to be one of the most important reasons to stay at La Villa de Soledad!
7.- Great home cooked meals
One of the great pleasures of traveling is tasting different foods. Soledad, the innkeeper is a friendly soul with a great cuisine. Her food regularly gets raving reviews from her guests. Come and taste authentic Honduran, Mexican and international cuisine at La Villa de Soledad. The only complaint we have gotten about our food is that we serve portions that some guests feel are too big! As we say in Spanish: “barriga llena corazon content” (Full tummy equals a happy heart)
8.- Fantastic opportunity to learn more about the different options for travel within Honduras and Nicaragua.
20 plus years of traveling and writing about destinations in Honduras and Nicaragua have given me a unique knowledge based on experience. I have visited most all of Honduras and a lot of Nicaragua, and can provide candid information regarding just about anything that has to do with traveling in this part of the World. Best of all, this information is all free to our guests!
9.- Perfect climate
The temperature is always pleasant at La Villa de Soledad. You will never find it to be excessively hot or cold. Even on the hottest days of summer, the temperature is at least 2 degrees centigrade cooler that it is in town. This is because we are located higher than the city and we have a microclimate due to the tropical rain forests that surround us. The fact that the Cangrejal River flows right in front of our property also helps. We do not even have air conditioning in our rooms because truly, it is not needed.
10.- Perfect location, remote, yet so close.
They say that it is all about location, location, location. For those that believe this is true, then La Villa de Soledad B&B is absolutely perfect! Located in a forested area deep in the Nombre de Dios Mountains, and yet only 9 km from La Ceiba. Here the bustling sounds of civilization have been replaced with the murmur of the Cangrejal River flowing inexorably towards the Caribbean Sea, the chirping and singing of tropical birds and the general sounds of the rainforest. Talk about an easy to reach paradise! Yes it truly is all about location!
11.- Eco friendly environment
We are located in a protected area, and therefore the least you would expect is a project that has been conceived as sustainable. At La Villa de Soledad we have designed our bed and breakfast to take the maximum advantage of nature. Our cathedral ceilings with heat insulated roofs and cross ventilation in the bedrooms provides for cool and comfortable sleeping. All of our lighting fixtures use energy saving light bulbs, and we separate our gray waters from the sewage and recycle the gray waters to water our gardens. We also separate our garbage and recycle all of our organic trash and take our plastics and cans into a recycling facility in La Ceiba. We believe in sustainability and strive to be sustainable.
12.- Plenty of water, both, hot and cold.
I know that I am going against what I just said, but after a good strenuous hike through the rain forest you have worked up a good sweat, and are in need for a serious shower… Our showers offer the luxury of abundant water with a great water pressure. Water, hot and cold is plentiful and you will feel like you just had a shower that truly cleansed and soothed your body. Nothing like feeling squeaky clean after a bath, and you will find that our generous supply of water truly contributes to this delightful feeling!