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Birding the Maya Route: A Journey Through Belize, Guatemala & Honduras

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Program #21281RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Scopes are recommended but not required. We recommend wide angle binoculars, something within the range of 7x35, 8x40 or even 10x50 with good light gathering characteristics. Although light and comfortable, pocket binoculars don't work as well in low light conditions.

Itinerary for Feb 21 — Mar 8, 2015

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Type: Lodge

Description: Small, family-run lodge located on the shores of Crooked Tree Lagoon, within the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. The lodge is located approximately 33 miles from downtown Belize City and only 23 miles from the international airport.

Contact info:
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Crooked Tree, Belize
phone: +501-203-2040
web: www.birdseyeviewbelize.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private bathrooms and are equipped with ceiling fans, hot water, and hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Dining room, laundry services, phone service, Wi-Fi in the Guest Lounge area, and cable TV in the Guest Lounge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room type and rates are based on lodge availability. Please contact 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for help in booking additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, February 21 - Depart U.S. - Arrivals in Belize City, Belize/Tra...
Depart U.S. - Arrivals in Belize City, Belize/Transfer to Crooked Tree.

Note: Two arrival group transfers will be provided from the international airport in Belize City to the hotel at Crooked Tree. Participants will need to complete Immigration and Customs procedures before leaving the secured area of the airport and entering the arrivals hall. The Road Scholar representative will be standing next to the tourist information desk in the international arrivals hall with a Road Scholar sign. The transfers will depart at 2:00 pm and at 5:00 pm.

Arrive To: International flight arrivals into Belize City's Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport

Meet your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Transfer to Crooked Tree (approximately 30 minutes driving time).

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Arrive at the lodge and check-in.

Pre-dinner orientation to the program.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Search for potoos, owls, and nighthawks during an evening birding exploration around the lodge.


Lodging: Bird's Eye View Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Small, family-run lodge located on the shores of Crooked Tree Lagoon, within the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. The lodge is located approximately 33 miles from downtown Belize City and only 23 miles from the international airport.

Contact info:
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Crooked Tree, Belize
phone: +501-203-2040
web: www.birdseyeviewbelize.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private bathrooms and are equipped with ceiling fans, hot water, and hair dryers.

Facility amenities: Dining room, laundry services, phone service, Wi-Fi in the Guest Lounge area, and cable TV in the Guest Lounge.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room type and rates are based on lodge availability. Please contact 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for help in booking additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, February 22 - Crooked Tree, Belize - In Search of Wetland ...
Crooked Tree, Belize -
In Search of Wetland Species at Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary - RAMSAR Site.


Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: Today, enjoy a full day of birding activities in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Bird along the lagoon and its tributaries in search of Wood and Jabiru Storks, Bare-throated Tiger and Boat-billed Herons, Black-collared Hawks, Snail Kites, Neotropic Cormorants, Anhingas, Limpkins, and American Pygmy Kingfishers.

Crooked Tree's subtropical freshwater complex is a vital habitat for migratory and resident wetland species, a fact that led it to be designated a RAMSAR site (#946) in 1998. The sanctuary contains streams, creeks, marshes, and shallow lagoons.

Large numbers of wading birds flock to the lagoons during Belize's dry season (February through May) when food is harder to find in other regions of the country and in nearby Guatemala and Mexico.


Lunch: At the lodge restaurant.


Afternoon: Lecture: Mesoamerica - A Birder's Paradise

Continue birding in Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

A network of boardwalks provides access to the protected forests and savanna at Crooked Tree, while well-placed observation towers offer nice views of the lagoons.

Although the Sanctuary is a birdwatcher's paradise, it also protects a variety of other wildlife including coatimundi, black howler monkeys, crocodiles, turtles, otters, and iguanas.

Return to the lodge.


Dinner: Prior to dinner after ordering, join your group leader in a bird list review.

At the lodge restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: Bird's Eye View Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Cahal Pech Village Resort is located across from the Cahal Pech archaeological site and only 15 minutes from the Guatemala/Belize border. The best features of this property are its unparalleled views of the Belize River Valley and its lush tropical gardens. Guests can enjoy watching local birds such as Collared Aracaris eating fruit from a bird feeder while sitting for breakfast.

Contact info:
Cahal Pech Hill
San Ignacio Town, Belize
phone: +501-8243740
web: www.cahalpech.com/

Room amenities: Private proch, 2 beds, cable TV, air conditioning, ceiling fans, private bath, tiled floors and Belizean hardwood furniture. Rooms have views of the Belize River Valley and surrounding villages.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, 3 pools, spa services, laundry service, and WiFi in pool area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Monday, February 23 - San Ignacio, Belize - Transfer to San Ignaci...
San Ignacio, Belize -
Transfer to San Ignacio/Belize Zoo/Bird Walk at Cahal Pech Ruins.


Breakfast: Early morning birding.

Return to the lodge for breakfast.


Morning: After breakfast, check-out of the lodge and begin transfer to San Ignacio with a stop at the Belize Zoo.

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was founded in 1983. The organization was born from an effort to provide a safe haven for a number of wild animals that, ironically, had been used in the making of documentaries about tropical forests. The zoo and its education center encompass 29 acres of tropical savanna and house more than 125 animals native to Belize.

Weather and time permitting, we will attempt to do some birding en route.


Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.


Afternoon: Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Afternoon birding in the Cahal Pech Mayan ruins, located just a 5-minute walk from our hotel.

The Maya ruins at Cahal Pech are located on a hilltop, just 1 mile south of downtown San Ignacio in Belize’s Cayo District. The name Cahal Pech (kah-hahl pech) means “Place of Ticks”—a nickname given in the 1950s when cattle, laden with ticks, grazed in the area. Archeologists currently believe that Cahal Pech was probably established by Maya from Guatemala during the Early Middle Preclassic period, making it one of the oldest Maya settlements in Belize. Excavations have revealed seven interconnected plazas and various buildings including two ball courts and the site’s tallest temple—structure A-1. The jungle-like environment surrounding the ruins supports a variety of wildlife including Blue-crowned Motmots, Collared Aracaris, and Rose-throated Becards.

Return to the hotel.
Pre-dinner lecture on the wildlife of Belize.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: Cahal Pech Village Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Cahal Pech Village Resort is located across from the Cahal Pech archaeological site and only 15 minutes from the Guatemala/Belize border. The best features of this property are its unparalleled views of the Belize River Valley and its lush tropical gardens. Guests can enjoy watching local birds such as Collared Aracaris eating fruit from a bird feeder while sitting for breakfast.

Contact info:
Cahal Pech Hill
San Ignacio Town, Belize
phone: +501-8243740
web: www.cahalpech.com/

Room amenities: Private proch, 2 beds, cable TV, air conditioning, ceiling fans, private bath, tiled floors and Belizean hardwood furniture. Rooms have views of the Belize River Valley and surrounding villages.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, 3 pools, spa services, laundry service, and WiFi in pool area.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Tuesday, February 24 - San Ignacio, Belize - Birding in Mountain Pi...
San Ignacio, Belize -
Birding in Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.


Breakfast: Early morning box breakfast.


Morning: Early morning transfer to Mountain Pine Ridge (1 - 1.5 hours) for a full day of birding in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, looking for local specialties.

The Mountain Pine Ridge area of Belize reveals a vegetation and landscape that is very different from the country's predominantly tropical environment. Mountainous terrain and Caribbean pine forests serve as home to Stygian Owls, King Vultures, Ocellated Turkeys, Red-lored Parrots, Blue-crowned Motmots, as well as the rarely seen Orange-breasted Falcon.


Lunch: At the lodge restaurant.


Afternoon: After a break for lunch, continue birding in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest.

Transfer back to San Ignacio.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: Cahal Pech Village Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Camino Real Tikal is set in the heart of the Peten Jungle, close to the island of Flores and within a 45-minute drive to Tikal National Park. This property offers a great starting point for exploring Tikal and the surrounding area.

Contact info:
Lote 77, Parcelamiento Tayasal, San José
Peten, Guatemala
phone: +502-23374402
web: www.caminoreal.com.gt

Room amenities: Air conditioning, private bathroom, cable TV, mini bar, safety deposit box, and private balcony with lake views.

Facility amenities: Pool, billiards, bar, café, restaurants, beach and table games, Jacuzzi, and souvenir shop.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Wednesday, February 25 - Tikal, Guatemala - Transfer to Guatemala/Bel...
Tikal, Guatemala -
Transfer to Guatemala/Belize-Guatemala Border Crossing/Cerro Cahui Nature Reserve.


Breakfast: At the lodge restaurant.


Morning: After breakfast we will check-out of the lodge and begin our transfer to Tikal, Guatemala. Our journey will include a stop at the border between Belize and Guatemala to undergo Immigration/Customs procedures.

Arrival in Tikal National Park.

Tikal brings to mind images straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, with massive Mayan temples rising above the steamy rainforest canopy. No matter whether your interests lean more towards history and archaeology or towards botany and wildlife--this site has enough to please everyone! The 22,100 hectares of rainforest in and around Tikal protect a wide range of insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, and plant life. Some iconic wildlife found within the park includes spider monkeys, margays, ocelots, jaguarundis, tapirs, howler monkeys, Ocellated Turkeys, coatis, and giant anteaters.

Archaeologists unearthed thousands of structures once swallowed by the Peten region’s dense tropical jungle. The large Mayan city has more than 4,000 buildings and features some of the tallest temples in the Mayan world. An impressive network of causeways, aqueducts and canals served as an irrigation system and provided drinking water for the city. The city remains a testament to the masterful engineering of the Maya.


Lunch: At local restaurant en route.


Afternoon: After lunch continue with transfer to the Tikal. Arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Transfer to Biotopo Cerro Cahui for afternoon birding activities in the reserve.

The Biotopo Cerro Cahuí is located in the Petén region of Guatemala, along the road to Tikal National Park. Declared a protected area in 1989, it is one of the last remaining tracts of undisturbed forest (high and medium broad-leaved forest and lowland forest) in the area. Urbanization of the Petén region and the expansion of agriculture and cattle ranching pose a serious threat to the wellbeing of this and other natural areas in northern Guatemala. The reserve is home to 11 amphibian, 17 reptile, and 29 mammal species including howler monkeys and jaguars. At least thirteen of the 82 recorded bird species at this reserve are classified as endangered by Guatemala’s National Council for Protected Areas (CONAP). Birds seen at this site include Ocellated Turkeys, King Vultures, Plain Chachalacas, Emerald Toucanets, Bicolored Hawks, Black-hawk Eagles, and Yellow-breasted Chats.

Return to the hotel.
Pre-dinner lecture: Tikal - Where Only Legend Survives.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: Camino Real Tikal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Camino Real Tikal is set in the heart of the Peten Jungle, close to the island of Flores and within a 45-minute drive to Tikal National Park. This property offers a great starting point for exploring Tikal and the surrounding area.

Contact info:
Lote 77, Parcelamiento Tayasal, San José
Peten, Guatemala
phone: +502-23374402
web: www.caminoreal.com.gt

Room amenities: Air conditioning, private bathroom, cable TV, mini bar, safety deposit box, and private balcony with lake views.

Facility amenities: Pool, billiards, bar, café, restaurants, beach and table games, Jacuzzi, and souvenir shop.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Thursday, February 26 - Tikal, Guatemala - Birding in Tikal National...
Tikal, Guatemala -
Birding in Tikal National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Breakfast: Early morning birding activities. Cookies and coffee will be provided to help tide us over until breakfast.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.


Morning: After breakfast, transfer to Tikal National Park.

Tikal brings to mind images straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, with massive Mayan temples rising above the steamy rainforest canopy. No matter whether your interests lean more towards history and archaeology or towards botany and wildlife--this site has enough to please everyone! The 22,100 hectares of rainforest in and around Tikal protect a wide range of insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, and plant life. Some iconic wildlife found within the park includes spider monkeys, margays, ocelots, jaguarundis, tapirs, howler monkeys, Ocellated Turkeys, Keel-billed Toucans, Slaty-tailed Trogons, coatis, and giant anteaters.

Archaeologists unearthed thousands of structures once swallowed by the Petén region’s dense tropical jungle. The large Mayan city has more than 4,000 buildings and features some of the tallest temples in the Mayan world. An impressive network of causeways, aqueducts and canals served as an irrigation system and provided drinking water for the city. The city remains a testament to the masterful engineering of the Maya.


Lunch: At Tikal National Park.


Afternoon: Continue with birding activities within the Tikal National Park.

Tikal is home to 410 bird species in addition to some 50 migrant species that frequent the area during the North American winter. Registered species include the Collared Aracari, Emerald Toucanet, American Pygmy Flycatcher, Eye-ringed Flatbill Flycatcher, Royal Flycatcher, Roadside Hawk, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Blue-crowned Motmot, Stripe-throated Hermit, Crested Guan, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Montezuma's Oropendula, Brown-hooded Parrot, White-crowned Parrot, Red-lored Parrot, and more!

Return to the hotel.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: Camino Real Tikal

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Eco-Hotel Ram Tzul is located off the main highway to Coba, in the beautiful Alta Verapaz region. The hotel has its own nature reserve with forest trails and a large waterfall.

Contact info:
Km. 158.5 Carretera a Coban
Coban, Guatemala
phone: +502-59084066
web: www.ramtzul.com

Room amenities: Spacious rooms have private bathrooms with hot water. Large windows offer views of surrounding hills and green areas.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, tour desk, laundry services, and private nature reserve,

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Friday, February 27 - Alta Verapaz, Guatemala - Early Morning Bird...
Alta Verapaz, Guatemala -
Early Morning Birding/Transfer to Alta Verapaz Region.


Breakfast: Early morning birding activities.

Cookies and coffee will be provided to tide us over until breakfast. Return to hotel for breakfast.


Morning: After breakfast we will begin our transfer to the Alta Verapaz region. This is a lengthy journey that will have us arriving at our hotel at approximately 3:00 p.m.


Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.


Afternoon: Mid-afternoon arrival at the hotel, followed by check-in and some free time to rest.

Late in the afternoon enjoy birding in the hotel's private reserve.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: Eco-Hotel Ram Tzul

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Eco-Hotel Ram Tzul is located off the main highway to Coba, in the beautiful Alta Verapaz region. The hotel has its own nature reserve with forest trails and a large waterfall.

Contact info:
Km. 158.5 Carretera a Coban
Coban, Guatemala
phone: +502-59084066
web: www.ramtzul.com

Room amenities: Spacious rooms have private bathrooms with hot water. Large windows offer views of surrounding hills and green areas.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, tour desk, laundry services, and private nature reserve,

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Saturday, February 28 - Alta Verapaz, Guatemala - Birding in Biotopo...
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: After a restful night we transfer to Biotopo del Quetzal for a full day of birding.

The Biotopo del Quetzal helps to protect approximately 1,000 hectares of tropical cloud forest in Guatemala's Alta Verapaz region. This is home to the colorful and elusive Resplendent Quetzal--Guatemala's national bird. While walking along the forest trails, take the time to admire the bromeliads, mosses, and orchid varieties that thrive in the moist, mountainous environment.


Lunch: At the hotel restaurant.


Afternoon: After lunch we will return to Biotopo del Quetzal for more birding and an on-site lecture.

Return to the hotel.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: Eco-Hotel Ram Tzul

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Eco-Hotel Ram Tzul is located off the main highway to Coba, in the beautiful Alta Verapaz region. The hotel has its own nature reserve with forest trails and a large waterfall.

Contact info:
Km. 158.5 Carretera a Coban
Coban, Guatemala
phone: +502-59084066
web: www.ramtzul.com

Room amenities: Spacious rooms have private bathrooms with hot water. Large windows offer views of surrounding hills and green areas.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, tour desk, laundry services, and private nature reserve,

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Sunday, March 01 - Alta Verapaz, Guatemala - Birding in Private...
Alta Verapaz, Guatemala -
Birding in Private Nature Reserve/Bird at Biotopo del Quetzal or at Local Orchid Garden.


Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.


Morning: This morning we will bird in the hotel's private nature reserve. Walk along forest trails, through pine forest and past streams before reaching a spectacular waterfall.

Return to the hotel.


Lunch: At the hotel restaurant.


Afternoon: This afternoon we will have the option to do more birding at the Biotopo del Quetzal or enjoy birding activities during a visit to a local orchid garden.

Return to the hotel for dinner.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: Eco-Hotel Ram Tzul

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The oldest hotel in Copan, the Marina Copan overlooks the Central Plaza on a former family estate. The hotel, built in traditional style, has been updated with modern facilities while retaining its colonial charm.

Contact info:
Avenida Centroamericano
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
phone: +504-514070
web: www.hotelmarinacopan.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, phone, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurants, bar, laundry services, gift shop, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Monday, March 02 - Copan, Honduras - Early Morning Birding/Tran...
Copan, Honduras -
Early Morning Birding/Transfer to Copan/Guatemala-Honduras Border Crossing/Birding in Copan Forest.


Breakfast: Early morning at the hotel.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.


Morning: After breakfast, check-out of hotel. Say farewell to Guatemala and begin transfer to Copan, Honduras. Stop at the border between Guatemala and Honduras in order to undergo standard Immigration and Customs procedures before continuing the journey to Copan.

Arrive at the hotel and check-in.


Lunch: At the hotel restaurant.


Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon birding in the Copan Forest. In addition to the well known Mayan city, Copan is also an important migration bird pathway. There is also a big number of resident birds as well such as Blue-crowned Motmots, Turquoise-browed Motmots, and Barred Antshrike.

Return to the hotel.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: Hotel Marina Copan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The oldest hotel in Copan, the Marina Copan overlooks the Central Plaza on a former family estate. The hotel, built in traditional style, has been updated with modern facilities while retaining its colonial charm.

Contact info:
Avenida Centroamericano
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
phone: +504-514070
web: www.hotelmarinacopan.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, phone, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurants, bar, laundry services, gift shop, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Tuesday, March 03 - Copan, Honduras - Birdwatching Activities/Co...
Copan, Honduras -
Birdwatching Activities/Copan Mayan Ruins/Las Sepulturas Ruins, Mayan Residential Zone.


Breakfast: Early morning birding activities in pine tree forest at Copan. Cookies and coffee will be provided to help tide us over until breakfast.

Return to the hotel for a full breakfast.


Morning: Midmorning visit to the Copan ruins.

Copán has none of the towering pyramids and temples that are characteristic of other Mayan cities. The splendors of Copán are represented by its beautiful carvings, inscriptions, and paintings. The Great Plaza, the ball court, several lesser courts, and amphitheater that lie near the base of the Hieroglyphic Stairway are symbolic of the boundaries between the actual and supernatural worlds as games were metaphors for the struggle between good and evil. The Stairway, which has 63 steps, is inscribed with a partial history of Copán and is the longest extant Mayan inscription.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Visit the Mayan site at Las Sepulturas and take advantage of the riverside location to do some afternoon birdwatching.

Return to the hotel.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: Hotel Marina Copan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: This enchanting lodge is tucked away at the base of the Pico Bonito National Park, among 400 acres of lush tropical forest. The lodge's natural surroundings and peaceful atmosphere make it hard to believe that this property is only 20 minutes from La Ceiba's airport.

Contact info:
At the base of Pico Bonito National Park.
La Ceiba, Honduras
phone: +504--2-4400388
web: www.picobonito.com

Room amenities: The elevated cabins have private bathrooms, wood floors, ceiling fans, louvered and screened windows, CD player, clock, coffee machine, and private verandas with hammocks and sitting area. Participants must climb approximately 8-10 steps to reach each cabin. A network of gravel walkways connects cabins to the main lodge buildings.

Facility amenities: Lodge trails, pool, in-room massage service, restaurant, large veranda with sitting areas, conference room, butterfly farm, and gift shop. Complimentary Wi-Fi in the lobby and in the restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Wednesday, March 04 - Pico Bonito, Honduras - Transfer to Pico Bon...
Pico Bonito, Honduras -
Transfer to Pico Bonito/Birdwatching in Lancetilla Botanical Gardens.


Breakfast: Early birding by the Copan River.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.


Morning: Check-out of the hotel and begin the transfer to Pico Bonito.


Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: Field trip to Lancetilla Botanical Gardens and Biological Reserve. Target species include the Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Great Antshrike, Long-billed Gnatwren, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Cocoa Woodcreeper, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, White-collared Manakin, Orange-billed Sparrow, Gray Hawk, Shining Honeycreeper, Ruddy Crake, and Yellow-bellied Tyrannulet.

Lancetilla's botanical collection was established in 1925 by famed American explorer and tropical botanist, Wilson Popenoe. He was given the task of establishing an experimental garden where fruit trees and ornamentals from around the world could be cultivated and eventually brought to market by the United Fruit Company. Today Lancetilla boasts over 630 species of plants and has one of the world's largest collections of Asian fruits. It is also a birder's paradise with at least 360 recorded species from October-April!

Arrive at the lodge and check-in.


Dinner: At the lodge restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: The Lodge at Pico Bonito

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: This enchanting lodge is tucked away at the base of the Pico Bonito National Park, among 400 acres of lush tropical forest. The lodge's natural surroundings and peaceful atmosphere make it hard to believe that this property is only 20 minutes from La Ceiba's airport.

Contact info:
At the base of Pico Bonito National Park.
La Ceiba, Honduras
phone: +504--2-4400388
web: www.picobonito.com

Room amenities: The elevated cabins have private bathrooms, wood floors, ceiling fans, louvered and screened windows, CD player, clock, coffee machine, and private verandas with hammocks and sitting area. Participants must climb approximately 8-10 steps to reach each cabin. A network of gravel walkways connects cabins to the main lodge buildings.

Facility amenities: Lodge trails, pool, in-room massage service, restaurant, large veranda with sitting areas, conference room, butterfly farm, and gift shop. Complimentary Wi-Fi in the lobby and in the restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Thursday, March 05 - Pico Bonito, Honduras - Birding in Pico Boni...
Breakfast: At the lodge restaurant.


Morning: Today we will enjoy a full day of birding activities at Pico Bonito National Park. Target species include the Lovely Cotinga, Black-cheeked Woodpecker, Yellow-winged Tanager, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Blue-crowned Motmot, Keel-billed Motmot, Social Flycatcher, Montezuma Oropendola, Royal Flycatcher, Red-lored Parrot, Emerald Toucanet, Tawny-crowned Greenlet, Vermiculated Screech-Owl, and Rufous Mourner.

Pico Bonito National Park is Honduras' largest, and arguably its most beautiful, national park with over 100,000 hectares of virgin rainforest and cloud forest. Seven different eco-systems exist within its borders. The Park is home to over 275 species of birds as well as jaguars, tapirs, deer, puma, white-faced monkeys, and spider monkeys.

Return to the lodge for lunch.


Lunch: At the lodge restaurant.


Afternoon: Continue birding in Pico Bonito National Park and on-site lecture.

Return to the lodge.


Dinner: At the lodge restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: The Lodge at Pico Bonito

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: This enchanting lodge is tucked away at the base of the Pico Bonito National Park, among 400 acres of lush tropical forest. The lodge's natural surroundings and peaceful atmosphere make it hard to believe that this property is only 20 minutes from La Ceiba's airport.

Contact info:
At the base of Pico Bonito National Park.
La Ceiba, Honduras
phone: +504--2-4400388
web: www.picobonito.com

Room amenities: The elevated cabins have private bathrooms, wood floors, ceiling fans, louvered and screened windows, CD player, clock, coffee machine, and private verandas with hammocks and sitting area. Participants must climb approximately 8-10 steps to reach each cabin. A network of gravel walkways connects cabins to the main lodge buildings.

Facility amenities: Lodge trails, pool, in-room massage service, restaurant, large veranda with sitting areas, conference room, butterfly farm, and gift shop. Complimentary Wi-Fi in the lobby and in the restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Friday, March 06 - Pico Bonito, Honduras - Birding in Tropical...
Pico Bonito, Honduras -
Birding in Tropical Dry Forest at Olanchito.


Note: Departure at 4:30 am

Breakfast: Early morning breakfast at the lodge. Then transfer to the tropical dry forest at Olanchito at 4:30 am.



Morning: Full day of birding activities in Olanchito, in the Valle del Aguán. Olanchito's dry tropical ecosystem is home to White-bellied Wrens as well as the country's only endemic species--the Honduran Emerald hummingbird. Other target species include the Lesser Roadrunner, Lesser Ground-Cuckoo, White-collared Seedeater, Cinnamon Hummingbird, and Gray-crowned Yellowthroat.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: After lunch, continue with birding activities in the Olanchito area.

Return to the lodge.


Dinner: At the lodge restaurant.


Evening: Join your group leader in a bird list review session and a briefing of next day's activities.

Lodging: The Lodge at Pico Bonito

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Modern, resort-style hotel located in northern San Pedro Sula. The property can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Contact info:
North of San Pedro Sula Airport
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
phone: +504-25618900
web: www.copantl.com

Room amenities: All air conditioned rooms have private bathroom, Internet access, cable TV, telephones, safety deposit box, coffee maker, and minibar.

Facility amenities: Convention center/banquet halls, two restaurants, a bar, fitness center, 6 tennis courts, Spa, swimming pool, laundry service, and business center. Complimentary Wi-Fi in hotel common areas.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Subject to availability.
Room type and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact the program provider, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance in booking additional nights.


Day Fifteen: Saturday, March 07 - San Pedro Sula, Honduras - Birding in Pico B...
San Pedro Sula, Honduras -
Birding in Pico Bonito/Transfer to San Pedro Sula/Farewell Dinner.


Breakfast: At lodge.

Morning: Spend the morning birding in and around Pico Bonito, making use of forest trails and observation towers.

Final bird count before breaking for lunch.


Lunch: At the lodge restaurant.


Afternoon: Check-out of the hotel and begin transfer to San Pedro Sula.

Arrive at hotel and check-in.

Free time. Spend your last evening in Honduras with your new Road Scholar friends, finish your packing, or get a good night's sleep in preparation for international departures tomorrow.


Dinner: Early farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Join your group leader in a final bird count.

Lodging: Hotel y Suites Copantl

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Sunday, March 08 - Departures/Flights to the U.S.
Depart From: Transfer to the international airport for flights back to the U.S.

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.

Note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.


Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant (dependent on flight times).


Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
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44 meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 15 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
26 Field trips

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