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La Moskitia

The Mosquitia, or Mosquito Coast, is a large rainforest that fills Honduras’ northeast corner along the Caribbean Coast. Named after an indigenous group, not the insect, the area is nonetheless infested with mosquitoes and sandflies, so bring repellent with DEET and/or an oil-based lotion to drown out the sandflies and take the proper precautions against Malaria.


Culture and Wildlife
This forested, swampy section of Honduras is rich in wildlife and flora and is sparsely inhabited with native tribal groups that still practice traditional lifestyles. Be on the lookout for wildlife like manatees and alligators in the lagoons, howler and other types of monkeys and a wide variety of birds. There are no roads passing through the area, so travelers passing on to Nicaragua, will probably want to back-track to Tegucigalpa after visiting this northwestern section of Honduras.


Tours vs. Independent Travel
There are two ways to visit the Mosquitia region: by tour or independently. Tours can be booked in La Ceiba or Tegucigalpa and usually include transportation by carved-out canoe to a lodge. Independent travelers can visit the native towns, which offer basic lodging, either in a hotel, camping or through a family-stay, and food. Independent travelers should travel prepared with camping gear, especially a flashlight, toilet paper, a mosquito net, food and water purifiers. It is also extremely helpful to speak at least passable Spanish.


Climate and Weather
November and December are the wettest months, although you should expect rain throughout the year. Plan to stay for at least a week.

08 Mar 2005

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