During our stay at Anthony’s Key Resort (AKR) my sister and I took a day trip to Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge on the mainland. Our flight left Roatan at 7:00 AM. Two young men from the tour company picked us up at the airport in La Ceiba, and we rode in their truck for about twenty minutes to La Union. We took an old banana train owned by Standard Fruit Company to the river, which was a unique experience, and allowed us to enjoy the scenery along the way. The tour company provided us lunch on the train, and it was one of the best tasting meals I’ve had.
There is a visitors center there which shows you the some of the 35 different species of animals and 198 species of birds you can see. The wildlife refuge is located 33 km from La Ceiba and is 132 square km. It is named for the two rivers that run through it, Cuero and Salado. It became a protected area in 1986 because of the endangered manatee populations. I was hoping to see manatees on this trip and my sister wanted to see the monkeys. Neither of us would get our opportunity this trip, but we loved the experience and didn’t regret anything. Our guide was so knowledgeable on all of the different species of birds that we were seeing, and he was able to spot them long before us.
Along our river journey, we came upon a flowering tree that our guide said was a type of orchid used to make perfume. We also saw turtles, butterflies, and a caiman. The caiman was on a log and let us get pretty close. The river was so wide across, I felt like we were floating down the Amazon. The ride was very peaceful and amazing. Our tropical adventure was a great experience, and we were still back at the resort by mid-afternoon. Very friendly staff and I would definitely recommend this as a day trip for anyone staying in the area.