Walking in The Moskitia, “Little Amazon” Honduran I
The Moskitia is located south of Honduras, near the border with Nicaragua. Most of this territory is protected tropical rain forest as a biosphere reserve. This whole area of wilderness and unspoiled jungle area is more unknown and unexplored North American hemisphere.
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The Moskitia holds many secrets, not only in inaccessible territory, but also in the legends of his people and even the origin of its name. Then explain some tips and information to make a tour of the Biosphere Reserve Rio Platano, where the river of the same name.
To explore this area is not easy and is highly recommended to contact a local agency that can organize the route, give them the contacts necessary for transfers, accommodation and tours you want to achieve. Still, the unexpected will be the order of the day, but do on your own travel can be dangerous, as this whole area, even in the Banana River Nature Reserve, the area most visited by foreigners, you have no access to food or drinking water except in the scattered towns that sit along the River.
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Moskitia is in the department of Gracias a Dios and is populated mostly by Miskito, which has dodo name to the area. The origin of the word ‘Miskito’, although often associated with mosquitoes, the number of these insects that are in the whole area, the origin comes from its historical past.
In the seventeenth century, English traders and French pirates forged alliances with the tribes of the Atlantic coast of what is now Nicaragua and Honduras, and to therefore secure ports for supplies and then attack the fortifications and ships of the Spanish empire.
These terms of trade allowed the ‘Miskito’ arm themselves with muskets (hence the name) provided by British and French ships, beating other tribes that inhabited the area, as the Sumu and branches, which were driven into the.
How to visit The Moskitia?
There are several agencies that organize the routes for travelers, I recommend Moskitia route because that is what we hire. Although the bearing points for foreigners are prepared with minimum levels (latrines, drinking water and mosquito nets), we must take note that we find with “hotels”.
Path to Moskitia: Cost and Payment
Moskitia Route, is not exactly an agency, but a partnership that works with local communities. For this reason and due to difficult access to the area, the costs of the routes are not paid to the organization but which is divided into small lots which will be distributed throughout the journey. The organizers will have to pay only a small management fee and the cost of plane ticket if you have chosen this modality. The rest is placed in envelopes that will facilitate the organization itself, identified with the place and contact person in each leg of the trip will be to them that I will have to provide various items for accommodation, food and spending guidelines.
Has different formulas to visit The Moskitia and the price depends on travel time and especially in the form of access. To get an idea, the path of 6 days with arrival and departure by air by land, costs about $ 580.
Reaching The Moskitia:
If you choose to fly, we must bear in mind that more expensive is what the trip. Twin-engine flying in departing from La Ceiba and arrive in just 40 minutes to Brus Laguna (no airport itself, but a grass track where you will pick up the foot of the plane).
If you prefer lower costs, better option is to make the journey by land. Although it is hard, the journey itself is already an adventure because the road begins or ends, depending on the direction of the line in Palacios and regular bus only goes up Olancho. From here the transport becomes an obstacle course.
To make the trip by land from La Ceiba, first take a bus that takes about two hours to Olancho. There you must take a wagon, pick-up, which probably will have to travel in the rear, and it takes 5 hours to get to Palacios. This section is perhaps the hardest, because drivers make the journey at breakneck speed on dirt roads (I advise you to be well covered, including the head and face) and along the beach, going into some areas where water almost to the height of the window. Drivers who have cars last a bit due to salt water and it blamed the high price of this trip. Once in Palacios, you should take a ‘pipante’ (local boat) that in three hours will take you through the mangroves to Bethlehem (in the coast of Moskitia).
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The Moskitia has three very differential waste, where both the landscape and traditions and even the culture of its people is a different coast, savannah and jungle.
In another post further information on the Miskito people of the area and the different locations to be visited.