Forests, Mangroves, Lagoons, and Ocean

From Julie

In our quest to gather as much information as possible during our recent trip to Honduras, Lucy, Allison, and I started our day with more eco-tour activities and visits to local communities. We jumped in the truck with Guide Rolando from Omega Tours and left Pico Bonito National Park for a drive to a place we could put in our sea kayaks.

Kayaking in Honduras. ©Art of Conservation 2014Arriving at Cacao Lagoon.

A bit more information on the effects of deforestation facing Honduras… In the last four years, it has lost more than 33% of its forests. Illegal logging is probably the easiest place to put the blame. So while mahogany is being smuggled out of the forests and country people living in poverty are also cutting the forests to make some meager means of living.

Offloading kayaks in Honduras. ©Art of Conservation 2014Rolando offloading kayaks.

Almost 70% of the population is living in poverty. Propane is expensive to purchase which in turn forces families to cut trees for firewood. Loss of forests bring mudslides, erosion, flash floods, and road washouts. Unhealthy practices near watersheds, such as sewage and toxic runoff, is poisoning the water supply. We are told that what is missing is enforcement.

Kayaking in Honduras. ©Art of Conservation 2014Paddling in the lagoon where it meets the Caribbean Ocean.

On the banks and in the canals of Cacao Lagoon we saw beautiful birds, bats, and monkeys.

Honduras.©Art of Conservation 2014A Boat-billed Heron. Their range is from Mexico to Peru and Brazil.

Howler in Honduras ©Art of Conservation 2014A Howler Monkey on the banks of Cacao Lagoon.

Young guide in Honduras. ©Art of Conservation 2014Enjoying a picnic on the beach of the Caribbean Ocean with the son of the local man in charge of the lagoon tour.

Lucy, Allison, and I were deeply impressed with our little guide-to-be, the son of the local man in charge of the kayaking tours that works with Rolando. He, his peers, and their communities are just the kind of people we love working with.

Caribbean Ocean in Honduras. ©Art of Conservation 2014Coming out of the lagoon on the other side we were faced with beautiful Caribbean beaches, ocean, and mountains. Truly spectacular.

Thanks for the wonderful eco-tours Omega Tours!

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One Comment

  1. Valerie Akuredusenge
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    WOW!! You keep on discovering what’s new on this Planet Earth! Thanks Julie.
    Please keep us informed. I enjoy reading about this new places you all are exploring! Love it. Valerie

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