I had hoped to see a lot of jungle, unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate, and the itinerary didn't work out as planned. There are very interesting nature reserves, some of them are so reserved that no people are allowed in them.

I included the standard binomial names for species that I could identify. If you know any of the official names for any of the plants or animals on this page, please let me know so I can include them.

Pictures of birds in Honduras and other nature pages are separate:

Birds in Honduras
Honduras Bird Page
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All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Landscapes

There are quite a few nature reserves in Honduras. Unfortunately, the weather prevented me from seeing too much of them. Along the north shore are several beaches. On Sundays they are very crowded, everybody heads for the beach. Small mountains and small mountain ranges have some natural vegetation, but much of the land is cultivated.

Clouds Coastal Mountain Range
Clouds on the coastal mountain range. (764k)
Edge Cultivated Land Merging
The edge of cultivated land, merging into forest. (877k)
Small Mountain Valley Edge
A small mountain valley on the edge of Pico Bonito National Park. (990k)
Small Mountain Stream Edge
A small mountain stream on the edge of Pico Bonito National Park. (1010k)
Bridge Cross
A bridge to cross. (1283k)
Pretty Wobbly Bridge
This was a pretty wobbly bridge. (1160k)
View Beach La Ensenada
View of the beach at La Ensenada. (1069k)
View Beach Tornabé Miami
View of the beach from Tornabé with Miami (not that Miami  ;-) ) in the distance. (962k)
Sunset Looking West Triunfo
Sunset looking west from Triunfo de la Cruz. (543k)
Sunset Cuero Y Salado
Sunset in Cuero y Salado. (446k)
Thunderstorm Illuminated After Sunset
Thunderstorm illuminated after sunset by the sun below the horizon. This thunderstorm rained out my excursion in Cuero y Salado. (495k)
Clouds Casting Shadows Illuminated
Clouds casting shadows, illuminated from below the horizon. (454k)
Sunset Cuero Y Salado
Sunset in Cuero y Salado. (471k)
Sunset Cuero Y Salado
Sunset in Cuero y Salado. (500k)
Rainy Beach Triunfo De
A rainy beach at Triunfo de la Cruz. (571k)

Flora

There are lots of flowers around, both in the wild and decorative flowers around the houses.

Some of the trees in the jungle reserves were quite impressive. The Ceiba, the sacred tree of the Mayas is one example of a tree that can grow very big. The Ceiba tree figures in the mythologies of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, in particular that of the Maya civilization, where the concept of the central world tree is often depicted as a Ceiba trunk, which connects the planes of the Underworld (Xibalba), the skies and the terrestrial realm.

View Jungle Lancetilla Nature
View of the jungle in the Lancetilla Nature Reserve. (1359k)
View Jungle Lancetilla Nature
View of the jungle in the Lancetilla Nature Reserve. (1003k)
View Jungle Lancetilla Nature
View of the jungle in the Lancetilla Nature Reserve with philodendron growing on the trees. (1162k)
Jungle Tree Climbing Philodendron
Jungle tree with climbing philodendron. (1014k)
Large Clump Epiphytes Growing
Large clump of epiphytes growing on a tree in the nature reserve Cuero y Salado. (1251k)
Bromeliad Lancetilla Nature Reserve
A bromeliad in the Lancetilla Nature Reserve. (758k)
Strangler Fig Growing Tree
A Strangler Fig growing on a tree in the the Lancetilla Nature Reserve. It will eventually kill the tree by strangling it. (1118k)
Closer View Strangler Fig
Closer view of the Strangler Fig. (979k)
Large Growth Strangler Fig
Large growth on a Strangler Fig. (918k)
Ceiba Tree Sacred Tree
A Ceiba tree. It was the sacred tree of the ancient Maya. (980k)
Base Ceiba Large Buttress
The base of Ceiba with the large buttress roots. (1169k)
Ceiba Grow Quite Big
The Ceiba can grow quite big. (1047k)
Closeup Thorns Ceiba
Closeup of one of the thorns on a Ceiba. (593k)
Trees Wicked Looking Thorns
Other trees have wicked looking thorns as well. (1019k)
Entry Jardí Botánico Lancetilla
Entry to the Jardí Botánico Lancetilla, covered with Bamboo. (1286k)
Rhizophora mangle
Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle, german: Rote Mangrove, french: Palétuvier rouge) in the Laguna de los Micos (Lagoon of the Monkeys), near Miami, just outside of Tela. (1151k)
Laguncularia racemosa
White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa, german: Weiße Mangrove) in the Laguna de los Micos. (1235k)
Salt Crust Mangrove Roots
Salt crust on mangrove roots. (903k)
Tree Covered Bromeliads
Tree covered with bromeliads. (1077k)
Close-up Bromeliad
Close-up of a bromeliad. (880k)
Interesting Looking Flower Tree
An interesting looking flower on a tree. (499k)
Flowering Tree Laguna De
Flowering tree in the Laguna de los Micos. (1281k)
Flowering Tree Macaw Mountain
Flowering tree in the Macaw Mountain Bird Reserve & Nature park. (1270k)
Crotalaria spectabilis
Showy Rattlebox (Crotalaria spectabilis) in Cuero y Salado. (649k)
Flower Fringes Parque Nacional
Flower at the fringes of the Parque Nacional Pico Bonito. (575k)
Flower Fringes Parque Nacional
Flower at the fringes of the Parque Nacional Pico Bonito. (560k)
Flower Fringes Parque Nacional
Flower at the fringes of the Parque Nacional Pico Bonito. (652k)
Flower Fringes Parque Nacional
Flower at the fringes of the Parque Nacional Pico Bonito. (529k)
Catharanthus roseus
Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus, german: Rosafarbene Catharanthe, french: Pervenche de Madagascar). (730k)
Ipomoea sp.
Morning Glory (Ipomoea sp., german: Prunkwinden, french: Ipomée). (563k)
Flower Refugio De Vida
Flower in the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Punta Izopo. (688k)
Etlingera elatior
Red Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior, german: Fackel-Ingwer, french: Rose de porcelaine) in the Macaw Mountain Bird Reserve. (611k)
Flowers Refugio De Vida
Flowers in the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Punta Izopo. (734k)
Heliconia sp.
Heliconia sp. (german: Helikonien:Genus) in the Lancetilla Nature Reserve. (442k)
Heliconia sp.
Heliconia sp. (german: Helikonien:Genus) in the Macaw Mountain Bird Reserve. (519k)
Alpinia zerumbet
Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet, french: Gingembre coquille) at the Cabañas Aventuras del Bosque lodge near the Parque Nacional Pico Bonito. (586k)
Alpinia zerumbet
Close-up of the Shell Ginger flower (Alpinia zerumbet, french: Gingembre coquille). (516k)
Alpinia purpurata
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata, french: Gingembre d'ornement rouge) at the Cabañas Aventuras del Bosque lodge near the Parque Nacional Pico Bonito. (524k)
Alpinia purpurata
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata, french: Gingembre d'ornement rouge) in the Macaw Mountain Bird Reserve. (566k)
Pachystachys lutea
Golden Shrimp Plant flower (Pachystachys lutea) at Macaw Mountain. (577k)
Passiflora edulis
Passion Fruit Flower (Passiflora edulis, german: Passionsfrucht, french: Grenadille). (568k)
Hibiscus sp.
Red Hibiscus (Hibiscus sp., german: Hibiskus), probably (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, german: Chinesischer Roseneibisch, french: Hibiscus Rose de Chine). (560k)
Hibiscus sp.
Red Heart Hibiscus (Hibiscus sp., german: Hibiskus). (541k)
Hibiscus schizopetalus
Fringed Hibiscus, maybe (Hibiscus schizopetalus, german: Hibiskus). (519k)
Mushroom Cuero Y Salado
Mushroom in Cuero y Salado. (542k)
Mushroom Lancetilla Reserve
Mushroom in the Lancetilla reserve. (827k)

Fauna

Other than birds I saw mainly lizards, iguanas and insects. I saw quite a few dragonflies, not that many butterflies.

The exception were the monkeys. I saw Panamanian White-faced Capuchins (Cebus imitator, german: Panama-Kapuzineraffe) fairly close.

Termite Nest Tree Hill
Termite nest in a tree on a hill near Triunfo de la Cruz. (785k)
Mud Tubes Tree Covered
Mud tubes on a tree are covered walkways for termites. (1016k)
Leafcutter Ants Climbing Tree
Leafcutter ants climbing down a tree with pieces of leaves. (566k)
Do Quite Number Tree
They do quite a number on the tree, all the young leaves are gone. (740k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (545k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (481k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (452k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (467k)
Anartia fatima
Banded Peacock butterfly (Anartia fatima). (673k)
Heliconius erato
Crimson Patched Longwing butterfly (Heliconius erato, german: Kleiner Kurier). (566k)
Colobura dirce
Dirce Beauty butterfly (Colobura dirce). (541k)
Everywhere Beach Holes Small
Everywhere on the beach are these holes from small ghost crabs. (1259k)
Ocypode sp.
One of the small Ghost Crabs (Ocypode sp., french: Crabes fantômes). (804k)
People Seem Dig Crabs
People seem to dig out these crabs, I saw these dug-out holes many times. (723k)
Hermit Crab Snail Shell
Hermit Crab in a snail shell. (936k)
Few Frogs Saw
One of the few frogs that I saw. (708k)
Small Turtle
Small turtle. (1245k)
Lizard
Lizard. (716k)
Lizard
Lizard. (797k)
Ctenosaura similis
Black Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura similis, german: Gemeiner Schwarzleguan, french: Iguane à queue épineuse noire) in a tree. (710k)
Ctenosaura similis
Close-up of a Black Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura similis, german: Gemeiner Schwarzleguan, french: Iguane à queue épineuse noire). (675k)
Iguana iguana
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (696k)
Snake Somebody Caught Brought
A snake that somebody caught and brought into the bar for a minute to show around. (612k)
Panulirus argus
Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus, german: Karibik-Languste, french: Langouste blanche). (694k)
Cebus imitator
Panamanian White-faced Capuchin (Cebus imitator, german: Panama-Kapuzineraffe) in a tree. (679k)
Cebus imitator
Panamanian White-faced Capuchin (Cebus imitator, german: Panama-Kapuzineraffe) in mangroves, eating crabs. (666k)
Cebus imitator
Panamanian White-faced Capuchin (Cebus imitator, german: Panama-Kapuzineraffe) eating in mangroves. (674k)
Cebus imitator
Panamanian White-faced Capuchin (Cebus imitator, german: Panama-Kapuzineraffe) eating in mangroves. (634k)

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