Petoglyps on the Rio Platano (5 days)
The famous Las Marias petroglyph trip: dugout canoes, Miskito people and the mysterious Petroglyphs
8:00 a.m. we leave La Ceiba in a bushhopper plane. Arriving in Palacios we take a pipante through the Lagoon of Ibans to Raista. We take a tour through the butterfly farm and learn more about the light wings. If we are lucky we can even see one hatch. Tonight we sleep in our tents or in the guesthouse of the local family. The same family prepares dinner for us.
Through a tiny mangrove channel we enter into the Rio Platano. We follow the stream up till we reach Las Marias, a Miskito village, right by the river. The boat trip is beautiful, enjoy the beautiful scenery and see how people are living out here in the wilderness. In Las Marias we stay in a very simple hospedaje, we will eat real Miskito food, prepared by a local family. There are no restaurants anyway!
Local guides will paddle us upriver till we reach the petroglyph site. The petroglyphs are supposively 3000 to 5000 years old and considered to be showing the way to the white city. The petroglyphs are a world monument, protected by the UNO. Today we gonna see a lot of wildlife, the night we spend in Las Marias again.
Downriver, back to Raista. We walk along the empty beach, the Lagoon on one, the Caribbean on the other side. The landstrip is only 100 meters wide. We come through Garifuna villages, probably we see seaturtles in Plaplaya protection area, a project made by local garifunas. Same night as day 1.
Through lagoon and a labyrinth of Mangrove channels we come to Palacios airport early in the morning. The propeller plane brings us back to La Ceiba. Shuttle to your hotel and end of the trip. Or enjoy your free night in our beautiful Jungle Lodge on the Cangrejal river in Pico Bonito National Park.
What to bring: Boots, tennis or river sandals (we do not walk too much), long pants, shorts, light raincoat, torch, insect repellent,
sunscreen, sunhat or cap, small towel, personal medication.
Got a drybag, light sleeping bag or water bottle? bring it!
Try not to bring too much!
Included: Bilingual and trained guide, local guides, transfers, flights, boat rides, entrance fees, complete food, camping gear,
hotel or hospedaje, first aid!