HONDURAS

CIUDAD BLANCA

  This unknown country is located at the epicenter of the American continent. Our team of men and women traveled across the country in search of its most beautiful natural treasures, cultural and human, including the White City, a lost city in the Honduran jungle.

WATCH THE TEASER
honduras café

HONDURAS

THE CULTIVATION OF COFFEE

BIODIVERSITE au honduras

HONDURAS

PRESERVED BIODIVERSITY

Travelogue

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
ara macao the explorers

BIODIVERSITY

Scarlet macaw, Copan

Endemic of South and Central America, the aras live in colony of several dozens of individuals. In Copan, the mark of this bird once revered by the Mayas is very visible.

ARCHAEOLOGY

The archaeological site of Copan

Located in the middle of a tropical forest, 8 miles from the Guatemalan border, Copan is one of the major sites of the Mayan civilization. It has been listed on the Unesco World Heritage Site. Copan is distinguished by the richness of its sculptures and the monumentality of its constructions. The site has the second biggest ball court of Central America, after the one of Chichen Itza, and the longest text ever known of Mayan civilization is engraved upon the “petroglyphs stairs”.

BIODIVERSITY

Honduras’ snakes

In the tropical forest, in the ruins of Copan or alongside the rivers, Honduras shelters more than a hundred species of snakes, amongst which lots are venomous and even lethal.

BIODIVERSITY

The southern mangrove

The Gulf of Fonseca is the only aperture on the Pacific Ocean in Honduras. In this huge estuary is located the second largest mangrove of Latin America… a precious and protected ecosystem.

BIODIVERSITY

Shrimps farms

In the Gulf of Fonseca, huge artificial impoundments of shrimps farming are implanted. A program of environmental management was created so that these breeding do not harm the mangrove.

BIODIVERSITY

Punta Sal and the monkeys

Blanca Jeannette Kawas National Park extends on more than 80 000 hectares and shelters lots of howler monkeys as well as the spider monkey, the biggest primate of America.

BIODIVERSITY

Punta Sal and its ecosystems (North)

Blanca Jeannette Kawas National Park is a protected park that extends on more than 80 000 hectares along the North coast. It shelters up to 345 bird species and lots of insects.

BIODIVERSITY

Celaque National Park

Not far from the city of Gracias, the national park of Celaque has the highest point of view of the country. That cloud forest, which means supply of water is classified as a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO.

CULTURE

Banana plantations

Honduras is the third largest producer of bananas from Central America. This production creates a great deal of jobs, but, because of the deforestation it implies, it is also an environmental issue that the government is trying to handle.

CULTURE

Tobacco growing and the manufacture of cigars

Tobacco is one of the ancestral resources of Honduras. After a long and meticulous processing, all the varieties of leaf are hand-assembled to create a cigar.

CULTURE

Cacao

It’s in Central America that the Cacao tree was domesticated for the first time. Its bean was sacred to the Mayas. In Honduras, 4500 producers grow these big dented colorful fruits to remove the almonds.

SOCIETY

Lenca Indians of Honduras

The Lenca Indians are the largest indigenous group in Honduras. In their villages, at the west of the country, women wear bright hand-made coloured scarfs.

TRADITION

The Lenca pottery

For the Lencas, the most important indigenous group of Honduras, the art of pottery is an ancestral tradition. The Explorers met Dona Desideria, a Lenca artist who turns clay by hand.

BIODIVERSITY

The freshwater Turtles of Choluteca

In Choluteca, people bring in a city fountain lost turtles found along public roads/ on the roadside. Regularly, volunteers bring them back to their natural environment.

CULTURE

Coffee growing country

Honduras has the ideal environmental conditions to grow coffee. From the harvest of the coffee cherry to the cup of coffee, The Explorers team followed all the steps that lead to the creation of this amazing beverage.

BIODIVERSITY

The Froggs of the Cusuco Park

In the depths of the cloud forest of Cusuco Park live some tiny amphibians that cannot be seen anywhere else. Among them, a “glass” frog, completely translucent.

PEOPLE

Lloyd and the Scarlet macaw

Symbol-bird of Honduras, the red ara is a threatened species, victim of deforestation, suffering from hunting and illegal trade. Lloyd Davidson created a reserve for their rehabilitation.

BIODIVERSITY

The Barrier Reef

Honduras reef is the earth’s second biggest. With more than 70 types of different corals, it shelters an extraordinary biodiversity.

SOCIETY

The Garifuna people

Garifuna people are the descendent of slaves from Africa and Caribbean Indians. Their “Garifuna” culture has been proclaimed “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.

BIODIVERSITY

Iguanas

In Honduras, the green Iguana is threatened by the loss of its habitat. In an island of Fonseca’s gulf, biologists of DINANT Foundation raise baby iguanas sheltered, before reintroducing them in their natural environment.

BIODIVERSITY

Jaguar

Once revered by the Mayas, the jaguar, the biggest wild-cat of the American continent is a near-threatened species. The Explorer had the privilege to see this sacred animal.

ARCHAEOLOGY

The white city

In the heart of Mosquitia’s forest, researchers have found a pre-colombian city of an unknown civilization, which could be the legendary White City, also known as City of the Monkey god.

SOCIETY

Pech Indigenous People

The Indigenous Pech of Honduras have a deep knowledge of wild plants. They harvest the Styrax resin after cutting an incision in the tree trunk, and they make an essential oil out of it to heal the wounds.

BIODIVERSITY

The Brown Pelican

In Honduras, we can find the brown Pelican both in the Gulf of Fonseca mangrove, in the south, that in the Caribbean mangrove in which it nests in group.

BIODIVERSITY

The Lion Fish

In the Bahia islands, the members of Roatan marine Park fight to eliminate the lion-fish that destroy the marine ecosystem. They hunt it and feed the other fishes with it.

BIODIVERSITY

The whale shark

Protected by The Barrier Reef on the north of Honduras, we can see in april and may the biggest fish in the world : the whale shark.

BIODIVERSITY

Patuca River

The Patuca River is the second biggest river of Central America. It crosses the Biosphere Reserve of Río Plátano. Along its shores live the Tawahkas and Miskitos Indians.

ARCHAEOLOGY

Rosalila Temple

In the Mayan cities, the temples constructions were made one upon the other through the generations. In Copan, the archaeologist Ricardo Agurcia discovered Rosalila Temple, tomb of the founder of The Copan’s dynasty, Kinich Yax Kuk Mo.

ETHNIC GROUP

The Tawahkas

The Tawahkas Indians, less than a thousand persons, are the smallest indigenous group of Honduras. They live in the tropical forest of Mosquitia, along the river Patuca.

CITY

Tegucigalpa

Nested inside a valley of nearly 1000 meters of height, Tegucigalpa expanded on the abrupt cliffs of the surrounding mountains. The city is a mix of colonial past and modernity.

CITY

Colonial Cities

Honduras was marked by 300 years of spanish presence. The cities of Comayagua, Gracias, the center of Tegucigalpa or Pespire are testimony of this mix of the Amerindian culture and the conquistadors.

MAKING OF

A FEEDBACK OF OUR EXPEDITION IN THIS UNRECOGNIZED COUNTRY, THE HONDURAS. OUR MEETINGS, OUR JUNGLE CAMPS, OUR HELICOPTER TRIPS. DISCOVER OUR ADVENTURES IN IMAGES...