Hidden Tropical Gem

Wildlife Refuge sign

Wildlife Refuge sign

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.

Visitors center display

Visitors center display

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.

Caiman up close

Caiman up close

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.

9 thoughts on “Hidden Tropical Gem

  1. Kathi

    How do you find out about these places? Are you looking primarily for snorkling and scuba diving sites? The wildlife and plants are so colorful in your photos!

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    1. The Travel Wench

      We found out about the wildlife refuge because it was a day trip through Anthony’s Key Resort, so I can’t take the credit! 🙂 Otherwise, I usually research a place a lot before I go, and of course, go to the bookstore for my Dorling Kindersley’s Eyewitness Travel Guide. I love those because they have little pictures of pretty much everything in their book! I wanted to go to Anthony’s because of the dolphins and it looked like a wonderful tropical getaway.

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  2. TheTuscan

    Wonderful! Probably too hot and too much humidity for me thou! But you know what? Who cares! Of course I’d love to visit a place like that!
    Can I ask you if you are using a plug-in to arrange the photos you’re showing in this post?

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    1. The Travel Wench

      It was a wonderful place to visit and towards the end of the week, we could feel the temperature and humidity increasing a lot! I’m not using a plug-in, I just inserted a gallery at the end of my post. I also insert a few into the post. Thanks for stopping by my site!

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