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La Ceiba is located on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. It is the third largest city in the country and is serviced by an international airport. A ferry ride of 20 minutes or a short flight away is the turquoise waters of the Bay Islands. La Ceiba is a vibrant, lively town which beats to the rhythm of its Latin, Caribbean and Afro-Antillean culture.
The "Zona Viva" is an area along the beach where most of the restaurants and night clubs are located. Central Park is a pleasant shaded area in the center of town and the beautiful Standard Park just minutes away. There are many hotels, restaurants, and a modern cinema. It is easy to find your way around the city and you can walk, cycle or take a taxi for a minimal cost.
In the outskirts of La Ceiba you can discover, the "Cuero y Salado" Wildlife Refuge which has monkeys, parrots and manatees among their 35 protected species. White water rafting and kayaking are a thrilling attraction and the beaches surrounding La Ceiba are safe and clean. You can ascend into the majestic cloud forest of the "Pico Bonito" Natural Reserve, and hike from near sea-level up to 8,000 feet. You will discover the Fauna, the Flora, several exotic waterfalls and incredible views of the Caribbean Coast and the Bay Islands. The Picturesque mountain peak, "Pico Bonito" is a landmark on the north coast of Honduras and without a doubt makes La Ceiba an important Eco-Tourism destination.
La Ceiba got its name from a huge Ceiba tree that was next to the beach and provided shade to the workers at the dock and locals during the afternoon.
Hotel prices range from US$ 10 - 165. You can check out the hotel that best suits you at this web page:
Pico Bonito National Park, Honduras' largest and most beautiful national park with over 100,000 hectares of virgin rainforest and cloudforest. Seven different ecosystems 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. Hiking excursions into the forest with local naturalist guides are a must for the nature lover. Abundant mountain rivers and streams provide wonderful opportunities for a swim in deep crystal clear natural pools and under small waterfalls. Half-day hikes to multi-night treks can be arranged. Visit www.picobonito.com
The Río Cangrejal is one of Central America's most accessible and beautiful rivers. Flowing from the depths of the cloudforests of the Pico Bonito National Park down to the Caribbean Ocean, the 20 mile river has become known as a world class whitewater destination in recent years. With rapids ranging in difficulty from class II to class V, the Cangrejal River offers something for everyone from the first time rafter to experienced kayak enthusiasts. Generally the river runs highest from September to February, but is runnable almost all year. Breaks in the white water action are taken for a brief excursion into the rainforest, lunch by the riverside, and the opportunity to swim and play on the large rocks by the river's edge.
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