Honduras jungle safari at the Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

The Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

In the northeast corner of Honduras lies an enchanted realm of pristine natural wonder.

13 December 2020

Significantly larger than the country of Luxembourg, Honduras’s Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve preserves an ancient landscape from bygone epochs.

Centered on the watershed of the Río Plátano, this nature reserve is marked by tremendous topographical variety.  It slopes down from mountains to the coastal plain and encompasses swamps and beaches.

The river delta has created hundreds of islands.  In this enchanted landscape, thousands of indigenous inhabitants persist with their traditional way of life.

Red Eyed Tree Frog, Agalychnis callidryas

This wild kingdom, which straddles the border with Nicaragua, constitutes the largest rainforest in Central America.

Rainforest of Honduras, Plátano River, Mosquito Coast

Centered on the watershed of the Río Plátano, this nature reserve is marked by tremendous topographical variety.  It slopes down from mountains to the coastal plain and encompasses swamps and beaches.

The river delta has created hundreds of islands.  In this enchanted landscape, thousands of indigenous inhabitants persist with their traditional way of life.

The national park lies at the northern end of what was called the Mosquito Coast during colonial times.  Nicaragua and Honduras disputed the control over this territory.  The two countries agreed to international arbitration, and in 1960 the International Court of Justice awarded the northern Mosquito Coast to Honduras.

Mantled howler monkey, Alouatta palliata

Rainforest, River Plátano national park, Honduras

Scientists have not adequately catalogued the plant and animal species of the River Plátano reserve.  It is estimated that several thousand animal species remain unknown to science, including insects and amphibians.

Biotourism in the rainforest helps to generate revenue that reflects the importance of nature to our world.  The Honduran government uses tourism receipts to help suppress illegal logging and poaching in the nature reserve.

Cougar (Puma), Puma concolor

Nicole Luedke

Nicole Luedke

Tegucigalpa.com, SPS.HN

Producer

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